Do I need a Carpenter, Joiner or Cabinet Maker?


Whilst the three terms have, in the modern age, become more interchangeable, there are historical differences between the three roles.

The historical hierarchy of woodworkers was Carpenter – Joiner –  Cabinet Maker

These definitions have been drawn from various historical sources and updated to help understand how the roles are defined today.  The division between the three roles is less clear than it was in the 17th and 18th Century but it is useful to understand the basic differences when looking for skilled tradesmen to undertake different aspects of working with wood.



Carpentry means the art of cutting, framing, and putting together timber in the construction of buildings, or an assemblage of pieces of timber connected by being framed together, as the pieces of a roof, partition, floor, etc.



Joinery is the art or work of a joiner; and a joiner is a mechanic who does the woodwork in the covering and finishing of buildings, or whose occupation it is to construct things by joining pieces of wood together. This includes windows, doors and staircases.


Cabinet Maker

The artisan who makes furniture of a more elaborate description is usually called a cabinetmaker, the term “cabinet” being applied to a piece of furniture consisting of a case or box furnished with doors and drawers. Basically, a cabinetmaker is a woodworker who makes cabinets and the finer kind of joiner’s work.

Today, cabinetmakers will work in solid wood, typically hardwoods and sheet materials, though Veneers of highly prized wood may be used for decorative purposes. In choosing over another, the cabinetmaker has to consider ease of construction, appearance, cost, weight, strength and durability.

At Alresford Interiors, we employ a team of highly skilled cabinet makers who take immense pride in the work they do.  They delight in working with clients to make their projects a reality.

For any more help and advice, or if you’re ready to start designing your cabinetry project, please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email or pop into our workshop and we can get your kitchen project off the ground today! 


Styling Your Bespoke Units

Here at Alresford Interiors one of the most desired items of furniture we build for our clients are alcove units, dressers and TV units – fitted and free standing. These units normally involve shelving, providing the perfect space to display personal items and objects d’art and of course, books; shelves look amazing when created and styled as a feature. Here are our tips on how to get the right balance of function and style.


The beauty of bespoke furniture is the complete freedom in designing something utterly personal to you and your belongings. We can adapt elements to suit the items you want to store/display, an option you rarely get with off the shelf pieces. Consider proportions, if you’re planning shelves like these think carefully about the different measurements. Having shelves at all different levels and sizes through the unit is a gorgeous option and also something a bit more unique.


One of the best uses of alcove units and dressers is storing and displaying all your books. This can look really effective and visually pleasing, it’s also handy – books always need a home! So when filling up your unit think about the arrangement, organise the books so it’s easy for you too find them but it also needs to look tidy, this will help the collection look more attractive.


Keep it personal! Bespoke furniture is personal to you and so should what you decide to fill it with. Let your shelves represent you and your family, display personal family air loons, those photos you treasure. By displaying family objects your add warmth to the room but it does also make it more interesting.


Less can be more! Try to stay simple and minimal, this doesn’t mean one thing on each shelf, it just means don’t overdo it – it will become cluttered looking very fast! Aim for balance and variety, it makes it more interesting but it also looks better because the balance is right. Don’t pack every single shelve, display feature items as a focus on their own. Also leaving space gives you room to add in the future! It also makes the room look larger and feel more relaxed.

We work daily on bespoke projects, bring peoples furniture dreams to life. We are happy to discuss your project with you and work together to create a piece you love and that works best for your home. Learn more about bespoke furniture with some of our other blog posts.

For more information about our uniquely crafted furniture please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or email today.

 More photos and examples of gorgeous bespoke units over on our gallery!

Tips on how to upgrade your bedroom

You spend a lot of time in your bedroom and even though most of that might be with your eyes shut it is still really important for it to be somewhere you love. The décor of the room plays a large factor of how you feel in a room, so here are our top tips of how to jazz up your bedroom!


Your bedroom walls or any walls in your house play a massive part in the overall feel and décor of the room. People either normally like to make their walls basic and decorate the room personally with features and furniture, be really bold and creative with their walls or both! Whatever you want your bed room to look like is up to you. However, a bed room is somewhere you sleep and relax so try to focus on more calming, neutral designs and colours. Yes neon yellow and pink may be a marvelous combination in some people’s eyes, but when you’re trying to wind down it might not be appropriate.  So think careful about your walls prints, or opt for the safer option of one colour painted or wall paper walls. Adding a feature wall is a popular trend at the moment but this doesn’t have to mean anything dramatic, maybe just a deeper version of the shade your other walls are.

Bed Sheets

The best thing about having a neutral themed bedroom is the opportunity to jazz it up with some really funky bed sheets.  Having fresh, new bed sheets for each season can really motivate you and also make your room feel like it’s just had a mini seasonal make over. Also cushions are a brilliant way to add more to your bed and make it more decorative. However, don’t go over board as they can end up on the floor most nights and you don’t want making your bed to become a 10 minute morning chore.

Fitted Wardrobes

This is where we can really help! Bespoke fitted wardrobes may be the perfect way to update your bedrooms style, quality and functionality.  Having fitted pieces instead of free standing adds a lot to a room, it also utilises the space available whilst looking sleek and sophisticated. Adding fitted pieces like wardrobes can actually increase the value of your home… another positive! Upgrading your wardrobe it the perfect way to refresh your entire bedroom!

Go bespoke

Bespoke is the perfect way to furnish your room with pieces that represent your personality and style. Bespoke furniture is also a much higher quality than an off the shelf piece. The beauty of bespoke is the complete freedom in design, allowing you to adapt your furniture so it’s just right for you. You can think creatively and bring your dream furniture to life. We work daily in creating beautiful, high quality pieces for clients which are unique to them made with the highest level of craftsmanship.

Spring Clean

Have a clear out! This includes your wardrobe, drawers, cupboards, shelves, vanity… all the places you will definitely be storing unloved goods. The reality is that for the majority of people, over 80% of your wardrobe you don’t even wear. The average person only wears 20% of the clothing pieces they own! Think of all that wasted space. Have a massive clear out and just think of the space to fill with new stunning pieces, but still don’t over buy and consider each purchase carefully. Have a good clean, dust and touch up marks on the wall with a splash of paint. You will be surprised how much of a change this can give to a room without spending much money.

We are happy to discuss any furniture projects with you and help transform your bedroom! Visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or email today!

Made to measure kitchens for awkward spaces

Here at Alresford Interiors we offer made to measure, custom built, fully bespoke kitchens to your exact specifications. We fit our kitchens into both small and large spaces giving every kitchen the wow factor. We are in our element when your space has awkward corners, irregular walls, low ceilings and difficult spaces.

The beauty of a bespoke kitchen is it is designed with you to figure out what you actually want from your kitchen and we have software packages so you can see exactly how the design will work in the space. There is literally no limit to the design options as every piece is made to your requirements. This same style can then be fitted into you utility, boot room or laundry.

From our workshop in Alresford we can make any unit you can possibly want from wall cupboards, corner cupboards, base units/cupboards, large and small larder units, island units, plate racks and even book cases which are always handy for all those cook books. These units can be made free standing or built in or a mixture of the two.

We can design your kitchen to accommodate for built in and integrated appliances or allow for free-standing ones in you prefer. Many of our kitchens are designed with the ever popular pull out larder units, plate racks, cutlery draws and inserts, glazed doors and of course everyone wants a wine fridge!

A carefully designed and well thought out bespoke kitchen will become a long term investment for your home. You will not only have a stunning kitchen that fits the awkward space perfectly it will be completely unique to you and your home. This stunning kitchen will most likely add value to your home in the long term as most property buyers will look at the kitchen being the center and most expensive part of the house. Many times a really good kitchen in that awkward space can make a difference.

A fully bespoke kitchen fitted into a NON typical space will utilise every part of the room to the maximum benefit as nothing is standard and is completely unique to you.

We use modern tools and techniques, a very personal service to the design and an unlimited choice of design and flexibility.  Offering the best materials and levels of craftsmanship and finish. You can certainly count on our kitchens as they are built to last and stand the test of time. Our craftsmen have many years of experience with unrivaled knowledge and understanding of wood always working to exacting standards.

We welcome our clients to come and view the workshop to see their dream being created. It really is made for you!

For more information about our uniquely crafted kitchens please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or visit today.

Organising Your Home Office

It’s a new year so why not make your home work space somewhere more productive and an enjoyable place to spend time working!

Keeping your desk tidy

A cluttered desk is not the best working environment so try and keep as little on your desk as possible. It’s a place to work, not a surface to store endless supplies of stationary! Having a clear space to work allows you to focus better and spread out whilst working. Store items that you don’t need often out of site, such as in a cupboard or on a high shelf. Adding shelves will help keep the space around you clear and clutter free. Also have a clear out – throw away old pens, notebooks, those extra pencils you think you need but in reality don’t ever reach for.


Lighting in a room is key, different lighting for different rooms and environments. In your home office you want to be productive so you want a bright, energetic, fresh feeling room. Poor lighting is distracting, tiring and also causes eye strain and headaches… these have a huge effect on your productivity.  Try to position your desk in front or near a window; this will eliminate the use for heavy artificial lighting throughout most of the day which can cause an annoying glare on your computer / laptop screen.  It will also light up your work space and make you feel more energized.  So what you want is a space with a good supply of natural light and well place artificial light for those dark, dull winter days.


Sticking with similar rules of lighting you want to have a bright, fresh looking office. Somewhere that doesn’t clutter your mind. Having white or light wood furniture really helps make the space feel larger; it also feels more modern, clean and fresh.  We have access to any colour you can ever imagine, so we can create your bespoke office in whatever style and colour you desire.

Add Personality

Even though having a minimalistic, bright, clear office is the most productive environment it doesn’t mean it should be boring. Inject some thing that personally inspires you and add your own style. Photos and books are a simple but effective way as well as a decorative rug. This will help boost motivation and not isolate your home office from the rest of the houses style.


The key to clearing a space in any room and having a more minimalistic feel which is a very popular look for homes at the moment is storage. Storage can solve problems and transform a room! Make sure you’ve had a good sort through you stuff first; storage shouldn’t be somewhere to hoard stuff. Planning your storage is key! The beauty of bespoke is that the storage can be perfectly adapted to both the room and the items within it. Cupboards are perfect for storing away all those ugly boxes full of files no one wants to keep but has to. Shelves are brilliant at storing a whole variety of stuff and keeping it easily accessible – also handy space for displaying those personal items.

Any ideas for your home office can be turned into a reality. We work closely with clients daily on exciting furniture projects and have transformed lots of rooms into full functional but stunning home offices. We can build one from scratch or add storage to your existing set up.

If you want to get your home office plans rolling than call us on 01962 733016, email or pop into our workshop located in Alresford! 

Freestanding and Fitted Wardrobes – Bespoke Solutions For Every Occasion

Wardrobes have always been one of the most in demand types of furniture we produce. Whilst we all dream of having a huge walk in wardrobe with enough room to store all our clothes, shoes and accessories without having to cram everything in, it’s something most of us won’t ever be able to afford. A bespoke wardrobe is the perfect solution for someone that wants to make the most of the space in their home without breaking the bank. Trekking around store after store trying to find that perfect style and fit can be a tedious endeavour and this is where bespoke furniture becomes the real winner.

At Alresford Interiors we build high quality bespoke pieces of furniture every day; our team of experienced cabinet makers work on a whole variety of projects and complete them with the uppermost level of craftsmanship.

We build wardrobes made to measure for your room, ensuring no space is wasted and adapting the designs to suit your homes current décor. Whether you’re after fitted or freestanding pieces of furniture we’re happy to help, every detail is ultimately down to you. Fitted furniture is a brilliant way to make use of awkward spaces, make a room look sleek and add value to your home. It’s also a brilliant solution for rooms with slanted roofs or alcoves. Whilst freestanding furniture is perfect if you need to move it around, and can be taken with you if you do ever move house.

The beauty of bespoke is the huge amount of freedom in the designing and building of a wardrobe to suit your home and the items it needs to store. Adapting sections in the wardrobes to different sizes, adding shelves and rails where ever is going to be most beneficial for you. It’s a blank canvas where you can design that dream wardrobe you’ve always wanted.

Don’t settle for furniture that doesn’t meet your needs; give us a call today on 01962 733016, email or visit our workshop to discuss further.