Artisan Custom Closets acquires Spacemakers and Carolina Closets

Artisan Custom Closets, winner of multiple awards for industry excellence, have joined forces with Carolina Closets and their sister brand Spacemakers Closets. 

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ATLANTA — Artisan Custom Closets, one of the largest closet companies in North America, has gotten even bigger with the acquisition of Carolina Closets and its sister brand, Spacemakers Closets.

Details of the acquisitions were not released. In a company statement, however, the company said that "this union will create a regional leader in custom storage solutions in the Southeast."

Artisan's direct to consumer sales and marketing successes combined with Carolina Closets' and Spacemakers' diverse customer base - professional home builders, dealers, wholesalers, and upscale retail design centers - provides market strength and diversity unparalleled in the Southeast, the company said.

Artisan, co-founded by Lisa Carlquist, is an FDMC 300 company that ranked #257 on the list with $19 million in sales. The company was itself acquired in January 2023 by Georgia Oak Partners, an investment firm.

The combined company will blainket the South with showrooms in Marietta, Suwanee, and Greensboro, Georgia; Anderson and Greenville, S.C., Asheville N.C., and Nashville, Tenn.

Lisa Carlquist and Lindsay Tillie.
Lisa Carlquist and Lindsay Tillie.

Lindsay Tillie, CEO of Artisan Custom Closets, said that the company's two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities are strategically positioned and the company is poised to enjoy healthy, long-term growth as the brand expands further in the Southeast.

"This acquisition marks a significant milestone for both our organizations and the industry," she said. "While we have been competitors for years, we have come to recognize the tremendous potential that lies in joining forces. By combining our expertise, resources, and talent, we are creating an even stronger and more dynamic entity that will set new standards in our industry."

Matt Prewett, former VP of Sales and Marketing for Spacemakers and Carolina Closets, is now the Chief Growth Officer of the combined entity. "The decision to merge is the result of careful consideration, strategic planning, and countless discussions between the leadership teams of both companies," he said. "We firmly believe that this merger will not only benefit our employees but also our valued customers. It also presents us with incredible opportunities for growth, innovation, and enhanced customer experiences." 

Carolina Closets, founded in 1997, designs, manufactures, and installs custom storage solutions for residential homes, including closets, kitchens, garages, pantries, offices, laundry rooms, murphy beds, and more.

In 2013, Carolina Closets acquired Spacemakers. Spacemakers, a staple in the home organization industry in the metro Atlanta area (Suwanee), provides luxurious custom closets and more.


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