LINCOLNSHIRE, IL -- The 2014 Closets Top Shelf Design Awards is now accepting submissions for its 8th annual contest. Top Shelf Awards are given every year to honor the best in home organization design. To enter your best designs, visit Enter by January 31. Submission fee is $45.

Winners will be featured in Closets magazine and also at a special awards ceremony, which will be held during the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ, April 9-11.

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Garage: under 600 square feet

Elements of a Top Storage Designer

By Denise Butchko
A winner in the 2013 Top Shelf Design Awards created a multifaceted space, including business office, craft area, laundry area, gift wrapping area, lockers for coats, hats and extra storage.

Garage: over 600 square feet

Home Office: less than 150 square feet

Home Office: more than 150 square feet

Closet: Laminate less than 18 linear feet

Closet: Laminate more than 18 linear feet

Closet: Wood less than 18 linear feet

Closet: Woodmore than 18 linear feet

Closet: Wire less than 18 linear feet

Closet: Wire more than 18 linear feet

Closet: Reach in

Specialty: (craft, pantry, wine, laundry, mudroom)

Past 2013 Top Shelf Design Award winners were named in March at the debut of the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, held in Edison, NJ.

The overall Top Shelf Design award went to DeVoe Martin of Affordable Closets Plus, Bangor, PA, for “Hidden Treasure Trove Dressing Room.”

The People’s Choice award went to Harold Locklear, Locklear Cabinet & Woodwork Inc., Rowland, NC, for “Mobile Showroom.”

Each category winner received a Top Shelf Design Award trophy commemorating their winning entry and Honorable Mention winners in each category received a certificate. All finalists also were featured in the Closets April 2013 print issue.

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