Classy Closets revamps boring shelves |

Classy Closets revamps boring shelves

Kelly Evertsen, Of the Record Staff

Sometimes it takes more than just a few snazzy coat hangers and white shelves to make a storage area unique and reflective of someone’s personality.

Utah’s Classy Closets offers a new way of looking at closet or storage space at a home, office or building.

The company specializes in a full line of custom-designed home storage solutions and office spaces with lifetime guarantees, its Web site reads. Popular designing solutions include custom built-in wall beds, home entertainment centers, closets, cabinetry or garage storage units, including garage flooring and coating.

On Nov. 10 and 11, Classy Closets will be celebrating the grand opening of its new showroom in Park City at the Silver Creek Business Park. Both commercial builders and private home builders are invited to attend to see the latest styles in custom-home storage units and cabinetry. Roger Washburn, the president of the Utah franchise, said the company’s professional designing staff, high tech wood-cutting machinery and technology can turn a boring closet, office, garage or other area into a dynamic, spacious room.

"We pretty much double your space in your closet," Washburn said. "Trim carpenters are starting to put more shelves in, but the best thing about our product is the shelves are adjustable, you can triple-hang as they grow and make it to where it just works for the age of the person."

Washburn brought Classy Closets to Utah in 1989. It was started by Jeff and Joe Curtis of Tempe, Ariz. in 1984. Washburn said he was born in Logan and raised in Arizona. His father was a brick mason and he decided he was destined to work in the construction industry like his dad. Washburn joined Classy Closets when it opened, and shortly after, opened his own franchise.

"I wanted to buy [the franchise] because I’ve been doing this forever, so I did," Washburn said. "And since then, I’ve gotten a soft-form machine and we’ve been doing a lot of finished wood jobs For the most part, it’s been good, a steady growth."

He said when people hear the term "Classy Closets" they think exclusively of residential closets. But, Washburn said, the company does a lot more than that, including plenty of commercial building in Park City and the surrounding areas. Since Washburn opened shop in Draper, Park City has become a hotspot for installing classy closets, garages, home offices, laundry spaces, kids’ bedrooms and play areas, as well as custom wall bed designs and media centers. Right now, Classy Closet crews are refurbishing condos in the Park City area – including new wall beds at Park City Mountain Resort condos, closets and other features at the new Silver Star condos and the Empire Pass condos in Deer Valley.

Washburn said the company specializes in wood cabinetry. Those who are interested in Classy Closets designs can call the office and request a designer to give a free estimate or suggest a design. Classy Closets General Manager Rylan Shorts said crews can match a home-owner’s cabinets to the original cabinets or baseboards identically or "very closely" through wood-staining.

"Custom staining is what we do," Shorts said. "We do a lot of wood jobs where we stain to match existing cabinets [or] baseboards."

Shorts said when a designer comes to a home to do an estimate, he or she will look at the space where the installment will take place, consult with the client and come up with a plan and price.

"If there are any tweaks here or there [in the design], they can go back and fix it," Shorts said of the designers.

He said Classy Closets places a high value on customer service.

"The biggest thing we’ve really heard feedback about from customers is our customer service," Shorts said. "We go above and beyond what is the norm."

He mentioned the lifetime warranty is always in effect.

"The lifetime warranty [is] pretty standard throughout the industry, but we also warranty other things that are not our fault, like if a kid is jumping in and out of drawers, we’ll go out and fix them a couple times," Shorts said.

There are many different styles and designs the company builds in. Classy Closets specializes in designs according to a person’s taste or style. Shorts said the company works with an array of wood types that are appropriate in a mountain-home area like Park City.

"We do have a couple of nice wood grains that look good with knotty pine and knotty alders," Shorts said.

The Classy Closets showroom, recently built at Silver Creek Business Park, features the latest designs in custom-built closets, offices, wall beds and other commercial or residential storage spaces for Park City homebuilders and local contractors. The grand opening is Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The showroom is located at 6443 N. Business Park Loop Road, Unit I, at the Silver Creek Business Park. For further information, visit or call 655-2678.

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