Shoe spinner and tall wardrobe doors enlarge this small, walk-in closet

Photo By Sue Trainor, Closet Works

This custom "Ladies' Dressing Room" designed by Sue Trainor, Closet Works, Elmhurst, Illinois, maximizes the challenges of working in small space. The project was a winner in the Closet laminate under 18 linear feet in the 2016 Top Shelf Closet Design Awards.

Project details:

The designer was asked to help create a space for a ladies’ dressing room and to maximize the best storage for a room that was only 9 feet by 8 feet. The challenge was working in such a small space that had a large window and three door openings, old plaster walls and uneven floors. A traditional wardrobe was designed using tall doors to the ceiling, which gave the room an illusion of being bigger than it was. Also, a small dresser, housing 10 custom-width drawers, left room for a 360-degree “shoe spinner” in the corner to be added.
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. Enter Now
The Top Shelf Closet Design Awards are given annually to honor designers for their creative closet and home organization 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/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.