Hidden features made this executive walk-in closet a winner
Closet Craft of MN

This custom "Executive Closet" designed by Leah Krig, Closet Craft of MN, Blaine, Minnesota, offers many unique features behind every surface. It was a winner in the Closet Wood over 18 linear feet category in the 2016 Top Shelf Closet Design contest.

Project details

This premiere custom executive walk-in closet and dressing room offers many unique features behind every surface and a focus on unobtrusive, yet maximized storage, while maintaining strict adherence to the homes aesthetic. Some examples are the 36-inch and deeper drawers and hidden spaces in what appears to be fairly standard closet cabinet depth, created by a vaulted roof-line. The normally wasted spaces below gables were put to use for a busy customer who travels often. Custom 60-inch deep, maximum-duty luggage pullouts recessed into typically unused space below the gables, thereby creating the ability to store and access luggage exactly where it is used, rather than in another room while keeping it uniquely concealed away when not in use. Additionally, all of the storage spaces have well defined uses creating deft efficiency when preparing for an important day or simply putting socks away.

The challenge was to go well beyond standard panel construction to maximize every square inch of the space, all the way back into the tightest corner and voids created by the unique geometry of the roof framing.

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. See more of the winners here.
2017 Overall Top Shelf Design winner gets $500 prize. Final deadline extended to Jan. 27.  Enter Now
The Top Shelf Closet Design Awards are given annually to honor designers for their creative closet and home organization designs.
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/Storage
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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.