Creating Custom Storage Solutions

Alana Folen
Wednesday - September 01, 2010
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Malia Gurney

There’s a vast selection of “do-it-yourself” closet organizing systems available at many hardware stores across the state. But Malia Gurney, owner of Dream Closets Hawaii, has been working her magic creating custom storage solutions for those who would rather have an experienced team take care of the installation process in their own home.

Dream Closets Hawaii specializes in closets, home offices, garage cabinets, entertainment systems and pantry systems - all custom-designed to meet the unique and ever-changing needs of clients.

Gurney, who was born and raised in Honolulu, says the custom systems offered at Dream Closets Hawaii are a durable, flexible and cost-effective way to organize and simplify your life.

“This process guarantees you a product that not only meets your needs, but also will maximize the space of your closet,” says Gurney, who started the business in 1995 after returning to the Islands from the Mainland.

“Since our product is custom-designed and our goal is to offer clients the best value possible, our showroom is our website ( All our business is done at the client’s home, and with our 3-D design software, without having the inconvenience of leaving their home.”

Every project begins with a free in-home consultation, where a skilled design consultant works closely with the client to analyze their space and needs. Each closet is then carefully planned using the latest closet-design techniques - in fact, the closet plans can be provided in either hard copy or in an Adobe PDF format representing a 3-D rendering in the exact color and design features discussed in the initial meeting.

Once the client’s design has been finalized and approved, the project and production documents are passed on to the manufacturing facility, where high-quality materials are used.

“At Dream Closets Hawaii, we utilize five-panel glazed drawer fronts, full-extension glides and wood drawer boxes as our standard offering.”

Once the installation process is complete, the entire system is wiped down with a gentle cleanser, and your existing closet is removed free of charge.

Gurney says the cost varies based on the size of the closet and the type of features included, but a typical reach-in closet with a combination of hanging space, drawers and shelving can run from $500 on.

“Our philosophy is simple: We want to offer our clients the best overall value and service,” Gurney says. “A properly designed closet can add 30 percent to 100 percent more storage space.”

For more information, call 387-0400 or visit

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