Sauder Closets to unveil new innovations at Closets Expo

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Sauder Closets, a division of Sauder Building Products and Sauder Woodworking Co., plans to showcase its latest innovations and product developments at the 2024 Closets Conference & Expo, held April 17-19 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Closet Expo attendees can expect to see new finishes plus learn more about Sauder’s new manufacturing processes and designs that Chad Arndt, national sales manager, says show the company’s commitment to bringing top-of-the-line products to market.

Ashton Oak
Modern Grey

Aiming to further diversify its offerings beyond the popular white finish, Sauder will introduce two new finishes for its closet line – Ashton Oak and Modern Grey – which will complement its current finishes Glacier White, Spiced Mahogany, and Slate Rift. Also, the company has invested in a small batch process, allowing for more flexibility in customizing orders and meeting specific customer requirements. This move is expected to enhance the overall customer experience and offer a broader range of choices.

Sauder Closets plans to move from side mount to undermount soft-close slides.

Another major highlight Sauder plans to showcase is the change in its drawer design. Moving from side-mount to undermount soft-close slides, the new drawers provide enhanced durability and a smoother user experience, Arndt says. The company's approach includes a linen polypropylene material for the drawer, enabling the addition of larger drawer sizes, such as a potential 36-inch drawer in the future.

“We created a process for our cabinetry division, where it takes it's a miter fold drawer. So, basically, we take a stick of moulding, and we miter fold that in a machine we built at Sauder,” Arndt explains. “To build a drawer. It's got a half-inch drawer bottom in it; it’s fully wrapped. So, the moldings wrap around the drawer bottom, and then we clamp it and pin nail it, but every joint and the whole groove is glued. 

“It’s a very robust drawer,” he adds. “So, we'll be switching from side mount to undermount soft close slides, which is a much nicer application, easier to install. It's going to be a much more durable drawer.”

Additionally, Sauder is featuring a Whole Home concept at the Expo, emphasizing that their products extend beyond closets and into various spaces within a home. The booth will feature displays ranging from entertainment walls to closet solutions, offering a comprehensive look at the company's diverse product portfolio.

Sauder Closets is also a sponsor of the 2024 Top Shelf Design Awards and reception, which will be held April 18 at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

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2024 Closets Conference & Expo
Wood Pro Expo Illinois

About the Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Illinois
The annual Closets Conference & Expo (CCE) is the only national event for all closet and home storage professionals. The 2024 edition is co-located with Wood Pro Expo Illinois (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively. Each is a distinct media brand of Woodworking Network. The twin-bill event is scheduled for April 17-19, 2024, at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

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CCE and WPE each kick off with a separate full-day conference on April 17, co-sponsored by the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals and Cabinet Makers Association respectively. The two-day co-located expo, April 18-19, features woodworking machinery, supplies, and components. Additional educational programming is offered on each day of the expo. Tours of local manufacturing plants and the popular Top Shelf Design Awards networking reception are also key features of the event. View current program schedule.

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, exhibit sales. For all other inquiries, contact Kim Lebel, show manager. 

More Woodworking Network events   
Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO), Oct. 24-26, 2024, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec.

Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 12-14, 2025, Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario. 

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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.