Closet Designer Devoe Martin Wins Best of Top Shelf Awards Again

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 04/21/2014 11:59AM


It's déjà vu for Devoe Martin of Affordable Closets Plus, back-to-back Overall Winner of the annual Top Shelf Design Awards presented at a gala awards reception April 9 during the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo in Somerset, NJ.

Martin bested all 2014 Top Shelf Award entries with his James Bond-esque “Unique Dressing Room Going Up or Going Down” project, a combination of glitz and gadgetry. The top of the Top Shelf Award entry also won top honors in "Closet: Wood more than 18 linear feet" category. Martin won three categories in the 2013 Top Shelf Design Awards, plus was the Overall Winner for his Hidden "Treasure Trove Dressing Room."

Devoe Martin Affordable Closets Plus 2014 Top Shelf Design WinnerFeaturing a pneumatic vacuum elevator and other high-tech gadgetry, the best-of-the-best 2014 Top Shelf Design Award winning entry designed by Devoe Martin of Affordable Closets Plus has a James Bond feel. For this year's best-of-the-best entry, Martin designed a unique dressing room that involved converting approximately one-third of a three-car garage. The 22-foot by 11-foot dressing room features 24-inch maple wood cabinets custom painted with a glaze finish. The cabinets are adorned with glass fronts, back-lit by LED lights, and raised panel doors.

Additional storage is provided by a pair of window seats with custom upholstery cushions and a vanity with a granite top.

Martin said several features of the room give it a "futuristic or maybe James Bond feel." For example a pneumatic vacuum elevator transports passengers up to the master bedroom. The room also has a hidden biometric safe and a key-less secret passage door into the now two-car garage.

Other luxury amenities include motorized pull-down closet rods, crystal chandeliers, a storage area for spirits, four jewelry drawers, three more drawers for other accessories and two hampers.

Martin said he created his design using a combination of Cabinetvision software and hand-drawn renderings.

Martin and his wife Angela, co-owners of Affordable Closets Plus, based in Bangor, PA, have been in business for more than 20 years.

View slide show of Devoe Martin's 2014 Top Shelf Awards winning entry.


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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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