"Fabulous Closet with Optimal Function" was designed by Jillian Coyle, Closets by Design, Exton, Pennsylvania. Coyle received an honorable mention certificate in the Closets: Laminate over 18 linear feet category in the 2016 Top Shelf Closet Design Awards.

Project Details:

A coffee bar and mini fridge were key to the design.

Coyle says the client decided to open up the walls and create one large walk-in, allowing for everything in one area. Dealing with a unique shape, the client needed a design to maximize the space to its fullest potential. A nook was used for a coffee bar with custom built-ins around a mini-fridge.

"Double hanging the clothing allowed us to give the client more hanging space than they had before. It also freed up room to incorporate multiple drawers, a double-decker jewelry drawer with velvet trays, clear glass cabinets for handbags and slanted shoe shelves," Coyle said.

All winners for the 2016 Top Shelf Closet Design Awards were announced in March during at a special reception at the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo in Pasadena, California.

2017 Overall Top Shelf Design winner gets $500 prize. Enter Now

The Top Shelf Closet Design Awards are given annually to honor designers for their creative closet and home organizational designs. The deadline for entry is January 14, 2017.

All award winners will be featured in Closets & Organized Storage magazine and celebrated at a gala awards reception during the 2017 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, April 11- 13 in Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago). The Overall Winner (project receiving the highest score from the judges) will receive a $500 gift card.


  • Garage: under 600 square feet; Garage: over 600 square feet
  • Home Office: under 150 square feet; Home Office: over 150 square feet
  • Closet: 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

For more information contact Editor Michaelle Bradford at [email protected].

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