Affordable Closets Wins Big

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 04/08/2013 5:05PM


Devoe Martin wore out a path in the carpet, four times walking up to the presentation stage to receive a first-place Top Shelf Award at a ceremony held Feb. 27 during the 2013 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo in Edison, NJ.

Martin, who along with his wife Angel, co-owns Affordable Closets Plus of Bangor, PA, wowed the judges with his design skills and creativity displayed in three of his entries, including his Hidden Treasure Trove Dressing Room that not only took top honors for Wood Closet over 18 feet, but also was judged “Best Overall” in this year’s competition.

DeVoe’s masterful design was used to convert a 17-foot by 21-foot spare bedroom into a his-and-her dressing room. The Hidden Treasure Trove Dressing Room includes a hidden door, built into one of the shelving units, that leads to a secret space revealing a Batman costume. The dressing room combines walnut veneer with solid sapele mahogany and ceiling beams that tie in with the crown moulding and trim.

Organization solutions include four custom pull-outs for accessories – two on his side for belts, ties, hats, briefcase and small travel items and two on her side for belts/scarves on one wall and evening handbags on the opposite wall. The back wall dresser unit was finished with a travertine top engraved with the customer’s last name initial.

Martin also won awards for “The White Dressing Room,” in the Closet: Melamine/other, 18 linear feet or less; and for “Passage Way of Art” in the Specialty Room category.


About the Author

Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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