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Partner Showcase: Closets For Life

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

This post is the second in our partner showcase series, highlighting the amazing design teams we’re proud to call friends and partners. If you missed our previous showcase on Acorn Custom Cabinetry and Closets, you can find it here.

At Kambium, our Kambium Closets division is the proud manufacturing partner to many independent custom closet and storage companies across Minnesota and the Midwest. Just like us, these locally-owned and operated businesses are invested in the communities they work in, taking pride in their reputation and their work.

We’re proud of our partners, the work they do, and our role in supporting them. When working with a Kambium partner, homeowners, builders, remodelers, and design professionals alike can be assured of quality service and craftsmanship from start to finish. From the initial design process to Kambium’s stringent manufacturing process to the final installation, our partnership is aligned under one goal, making customers happy.

So, who are these partners we speak of? You are about to find out. Read on to learn more about our featured partner, Closets For Life.


Based in Apple Valley, Closets for Life has been serving the Minneapolis & st. Paul area for over fifteen years. Owned and founded by Rick Lyrek, the company works with residential clients as well as designers, builders, and architects to create innovative solutions throughout the home including closets, home offices, garages, kitchens, mudrooms, murphy beds, wine cellars, and laundry rooms.


Owner Rick Lyrek is the one you’ll talk to when you call Closets For Life. In fact, he and installer, Corbin, are the main points of contact for the entire process. No handoffs or unknown people entering your home for installation. The service they provide their customers has been a point of purpose for Rick, something reflected in eight straight years of Angie’s List Super Service awards and their relationship as a trusted partner to many area builders and remodelers. In fact, 70% of their work comes from repeat business and referrals!


When asked about his favorite part of the process, Rick answers that the initial design is the part he enjoys the most. He talked about one of his favorite projects as an example.

“We love getting to know our clients and finding the perfect solution individualized to their needs and wants, but I love a challenge most of all. In fact, one of our favorite projects involved custom closets for new home that was styled like a barn with a silo addition. While we completed several custom organization projects within this stunningly unique home, including a master bedroom closet, a mudroom closet, a home office, and a guest room closet, the part that posed the most significant design challenge was the two young girls’ bedroom closets. The girls’ rooms were located in the silo portion of the home, which featured curved walls all around, including curved walls along the back wall of the closets. We custom designed a closet system to accommodate the curved walls while providing ample storage space. It was literally an ‘out of the box’ project and one that we are very proud of.”

As the manufacturing partner for this project, we can tell you that it was indeed quite unique and we also embraced the opportunity to work ‘outside of the box.’ It’s not every day you manufacture a closet for a silo! You can find photos and learn more about the story behind the project here.


Finally, when asked about why they choose to work with Kambium, Rick says he appreciates that Kambium is always looking out for him. For example, in the case of homes being remodeled or built, sometimes the room dimensions have changed or doorways have moved from when the original dimensions were taken. When coming up against this issue, Rick knows he can call Kambium and have new parts made within a day if needed. “This willingness to go the extra mile is what makes Kambium such a trusted and valuable partner,” says Rick. “The manufacturing of our designs is an important part of our process. We need to know that our partner takes their reputation and the quality of their work as seriously as we do, and we appreciate having a partner that we know has our back.”


Interested in learning more about Closets For Life? Visit their website at or call them directly at 952-484-0416.


Whether you are a homeowner looking to transform a space in your home, or an industry professional looking for a manufacturing partner you can trust and rely on, we invite you to reach out to us. We’re happy to share a list of our existing partners to homeowners and, for design professionals, to explore the value we offer in both support and cost.

Based in Lakeville, MN, Kambium is a trusted resource for closet, garage, and home storage fabrication and millwork needs. We offer our partners competitive wholesale pricing, design and installation support, one of the largest range of options in the Midwest, and an unwavering commitment to quality and accuracy. Simply put, it’s our goal to make your day-to-day job easier.

Contact us today. We’d love to start a conversation.

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