Closet installers show off their skills during AWFS

Show attendees had the chance to assemble a custom closet system while competing against their peers for an Apple Watch.

LAS VEGAS – Winners were announced for The Great Closets Challenge which took place July 20-22 during AWFS 2021, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

As part of the Closets Pavilion, sponsored by The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) and Closets & Organized Storage magazine, attendees had the chance to assemble a custom closet system while competing against their peers for an Apple Watch.

Nick Weber
Nick Weber from The Cabinet Shop was the Day 1 winner. Also pictured, Publisher Laurel Didier.

The following winners were announced each day of the competition: Day 1 - Nick Weber, The Cabinet Shop in Middleton, Idaho; Day 2 - Ezra Berger, Sage Custom Designs in Lakewood, New Jersey, and Day 3 - Noah Beason, The Embroidery Shoppe in Craig, Colorado.

Ezra Berger
Ezra Berger (left) of Sage Custom Designs received the Day 2 prize from ACSP President Eric Marshall.

The competition featured three parts: a designer challenge featuring a custom closet designed by Eric Marshall, DEA Remodeling, Tempe, Arizona (Marshall was also the event MC); the Fabricator challenge sponsored by Weinig/Holz-Her, Hafele America, and Closet Pro Software; and the Installer/Assembler Challenge.

Noah Beason
Noah Beason (left) of The Embroidery Shoppe was the Day 3 winner.

Weinig/Holz-Her, the official machinery sponsor of The Great Closets Challenge, provided the prefabricated components needed for the custom-designed storage space. Hafele America, an official hardware sponsor and provided hardware, slides, Rafix fasteners, and closet accessories. Closet Pro Software, the official software sponsor, provided cultists for machining the parts. Drawer Connection supplied the drawer boxes and Festool supplied power tools for the challenge.


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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.