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! 


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.