Designer Sue Tinker Portfolio

Designer Sue Tinker

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Designer Sue Tinker

"I knew I found my calling the day I walked into a closet showroom and saw the jewelry drawer. Organization had always appealed to me so helping others get organized would be great. That was over two decades ago. I've been with Closet Works for 20+ years and take pride in seeing it grow to be the largest, most successful company in the Chicago area. The emphasis on customer service is what brought me here. Continuous improvement, high quality product and good value keeps me enjoying my career everyday.

My design experience includes award winning residential closets the size of a boutique up to large scale projects for nursing homes and university dorms at DePaul and IIT. I've worked on office projects for medical offices, laboratories and store displays. I also love the challenge of maximizing a small space and seeing how even a simple design makes a huge impact. I feel very fortunate to have found a career that has been so enjoyable and rewarding."

Contact Sue Tinker at 630-204-5081 or

Sue's Awards: Honors & Certifications

Each year, Top Shelf Closet Design Awards are given to honor designers for their creative closet and home organizational designs. This is the highest award given in the closet design industry. Sue Tinker has been presented with this award numerous times.

The ACSP has tapped into Sue's expertise on several occasions, inviting her to speak at seminars and events. As Closet and Home Organization Expo Speaker and Ambassador she has covered topics such as How to Increase Sales by Developing Win/Win Professional Partnerships (2012) and Million Dollar Salesperson presentation (2011).

Sue is veteran designer, certified by the ACSP, Association of Closet and Storage Professionals.

Sue Tinker wins Top Shelf award for 2012, 2014, 2017
3x Winner: 2012, 2014, 2017
Sue Tinker wins Top Shelf honorable mention
2x Honorable Mention: 2011, 2013
Sue Tinker is certified by the Association of Certified Storage Professionals

Sue's Walk-In Closets

More Closets by Sue

Sue's Wall Units & Media Centers

Sue's Pantries

Sue's Wall Beds & Home Offices

Sue's Garages

Sue's Mud Rooms & Laundry Rooms

Sue's Secrets for the Best Closet Organization

News Stories About Sue

Lakeshore Living Magazine interviews closet design expert Sue Tinker of Closet Works

"A Curated Closet" Lakeshore Living Magazine Fall/Winter 2017

Lakeshore Living Magazine interviewed Sue Tinker for her expert advice and pointers on the best closet design strategies, especially how to "Maximize Your Space". In their words, this article is about Nine essential tips for handling closet chaos, bringing in organization and keeping the clutter at bay. In your home, do closets tend to be afterthought areas? Perhaps they're the spaces that don't receive a lot of aesthetic attention and are simply places to hang clothes or store rarely-used items. Remedy that through these nine tips in which experts weigh in, giving your closets some much needed attention. Read Article >

Interview with Sue Tinker

“Ten Closet Designers On Top of Their Game”

National Top Shelf Award judge, closet design trainer, author and industry veteran Denise Butchko interviewed ten of the world's premier closet designers who are designing at the top of the game — including Closet Works' own Sue Tinker. In Denise's words, Seeing what others in your field are doing is always interesting. You find common ground. Or you find inspiration. Or maybe you see a solution to a problem you've had for years. And then there's just the fact that, when it comes to the field of closet design, it's just plain fun to gain insight into a colleagues design process. Check out the insights into this industry with this fun, perceptive article featured in the December 27, 2017 issue of Woodworking Network Magazine. Read Article >

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