AWFS 2013: The Mayor's Hardware Review

By Richie DeMarco | Posted: 08/15/2013 4:33PM


Many of the exhibitors at AWFS Fair 2013 had new items on display - from battery operated LED closet rods to decorative European hinges. This is part 1 of my review of AWFS - Hope you enjoy it!

Here is a look at 4 items that I thought were interesting -

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This photo shows two different types of battery operated LED lights for closets or cabinets. Yes you heard me battery operated...

The LED closet rod comes in 5 different sizes, features a motion sensor and can be trimmed...

The mini LED light fits into your 32mm hole pattern and is great for adding extra light to your shelving sections - Think about how cool a light up shoe section would be or imagine lighting up the inside of drawers...

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Next - European decorative hinges by Salice - the pictures doesn't do it justice...

It comes in chrome, brass, orb and more wood grains than I can remember. It features soft close and the installs like a standard European hinge.

If you’re installing high end closets, cabinets or furniture, you may want consider offering this... I have never seen anything like it and it could be what separates you from your competition...

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Another interesting hinge that I saw was the “Torque Hinge.” At first look it appeared to be a heavy duty butt hinge... After playing with the display I was very impressed...

The stainless steel hinge can be surface mounted on any toy chest or cabinet and it will allow the door to be held in any position or angle without the need of a flap stay. All of a sudden those flip up doors have become very easy to install... For heavier doors, just add more hinges...

Your turn - What was your favorite part of AWFS 2013?

Was it the Stiles machine tour of Tanked? New hardware or all of the new board colors??

Stay tuned for next week’s post for more on AWFS. As alway if I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me at


About the Author

Richie DeMarco

Richie DeMarco was declared “The Mayor of Hardware” at the 2011 Closet Expo. With nearly 15 years of experience he has moved up the ranks at Eveready Hardware and is currently the vice president. He serves on the Board of Directors for the ACSP and moderates the LinkedIn group Hardware Nation. He can be contacted at or follow him on Twitter @MayorOfHardware.

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