2024 Top Shelf Design Awards judges announced

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa – Closets & Organized Storage magazine announced judges for its 2024 Top Shelf Design Awards. The contest, sponsored by Sauder Closets, honors designers for their creative closet and home organizational designs. 
The 2024 Top Shelf Design Awards judges are Laurie Haefele, Haefele Design; Tim Coleman, SCE Unlimited; and Kelly Victor-Burke, Burke Architectural Millwork and Bespoke Closets.

Laurie Haefele Design
Laurie Haefele, Haefele Design, is a previous Top Shelf Design Awards judge and a previous keynote speaker at Closets Conference & Expo.



Tim Coleman is the division manager of the Chicago branch of SCE Unlimited, an Installed Building Products (IBP) division.
Burke Architectural Millwork
Kelly Victor-Burke is the co-founder/majority owner of Burke Architectural Millwork and Bespoke Closets.

Top Shelf Design Awards winners will be announced at a reception sponsored by Sauder Closets, on April 18 during Closets Conference & Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

The Best of Show winner (project receiving the highest score from the judges) will receive a $500 prize, category winners will receive a $50 prize, and all recognized projects will receive an award plaque and/or a certificate and may be featured in Closets & Organized Storage magazine and its social media channels. 
Each Top Shelf Design Award entry is judged based on the following criteria: 50 percent appearance/design (emphasizing design creativity) and 50 percent functionality and quality of construction/materials. 
The contest deadline is January 29.

Submit your project

The entry fee is $45.
For more information, visit woodworkingnetwork.com/top-shelf.

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.

2024 Closets Expo and Wood Pro Expo Illinois Exhibitor Prospectus


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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
Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, Oct. 24-25, 2024, Spooky Nook Sports/Warehouse at the Nook, Manheim, Pa.

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.