CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - For the first time, the Overall Winner of the 2017 Top Shelf Closet Design Awards will receive a $500 cash prize. The contest, which takes place annually, aims to highlight the work of top designers in the closet and home storage and organization industry.

"Each year we see incredible work from designers across the country and Canada," said Closets Editor Michaelle Bradford. "This year we wanted to take the annual design contest a step further by giving the Overall Winner a cash prize. It's our way to emphasize to the community how much we honor the amazing designs that we are seeing."

All category award winners will be featured in Closets magazine and celebrated at a gala awards reception during the 2017 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, April 11- 13 in Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago).

The deadline to enter the 2017 Top Shelf Closet Design Awards is January 14, 2017. Enter now.

  • Garage: under 600 square feet; Garage: over 600 square feet
  • Home Office: under 150 square feet; Home Office: over 150 square feet
  • Closet: Laminate under 18 linear feet; Laminate over 18 linear feet;
  • Closet: Wood under 18 linear feet;
  • Closet: Wood over 18 linear feet; Closet: Reach in
  • Specialty: (craft, pantry, laundry, mudroom)
  • Wine Cellar

Entry Fee: $45

Also new this year, is the addition of a design panel to accompany the awards program.

"We are always looking for ways to make the gala awards reception a fun as well as informative event," Bradford said. "Plus, we've been asked by designers to provide more resources on design tips and trends, so the design panel is the perfect convergence of access and expertise with some of the industry's top designers on hand to share their experiences. We will announce more details as the event approaches."

To register for the 2017 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, visit woodworkingnetwork.com/events-contests/cabinets-closets-conference-expo.

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