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! 


Why Choose Bespoke Furniture

Bespoke is a word that is often seen used amongst kitchen and furniture companies and fitters, but what does it actually mean and why choose the bespoke option? We pride ourselves on offering a bespoke service to our customers, but often see the term being misused, so have endeavored to set the record straight.

Bespoke means there are no boundaries in terms of design, you can have virtually anything you want made uniquely for you. What this means in a simple cliché is that it’s one of a kind. Only you would have that particular design, as you’re the one who designed it. Your unique custom design would be handmade to your room’s exact measurements, with the end result being something completely unique to you. See our blog on ‘Storage Solutions for Children’s Rooms’ for ideas on how creative you can be with a bespoke option.

Some companies wrongly use the term bespoke even when they don’t actually offer a personal design service. You may well be able to pick a “look” out of their catalogue (e.g. traditional, modern, or contemporary) and select what kitchen or furniture elements you want included (such as a pantry or island, as well as colours etc), but this as far as personalisation goes. Cabinets will be of a standard size and units a standard design, so essentially you would have to pick a design out of a catalogue that “best suits” your needs, rather than having a perfect match. A bespoke, made to measure service means that all cabinetry will be made to the precise size requirement for your room. If you’re after something wider or narrower than standard then there’s nothing to worry about. In fact, there is no “standard” size as everything custom designed to be a perfect fit and look, making the room a much more efficient and practical space. Off-the-shelf products can often lose this efficiency.

A bespoke option doesn’t always mean expensive. We always use the highest quality products (such as hardwood framing, oak veneer carcassing and  solid oak drawer boxes with dovetail joints to name but a few) but we can always work together with you to find something that works. What doesn’t change though is the quality of construction! We’ll source whatever material you wish for the construction of your bespoke kitchen and furniture, whether this is American Black Walnut, Sycamore, Oak or anything in between, the choice is yours.

Our highly skilled and passionate team hand-craft our cabinetry with detail to ensure they stand the test of time. We invest time and enthusiasm to each project to ensure our bespoke kitchens and furniture match the wishes and vision of every customer, every time. While other kitchen and furniture fitters will come into your home and complete the fit for you, they haven’t built it themselves, so don’t know the exact workings of the cabinetry they’re handling. Our joiners not only make your kitchen and furniture, but install it themselves to ensure precision is achieved from start to finish.

Our bespoke service  also offers an aftercare and support service often not available from the larger chains. So if you have questions regarding how to care for your product, or would like additional work or alterations made down the line then our door is always open.

For any more help and advice please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email or pop into our workshop and we can get your project off the ground today! 


Why Choose Fitted Bedroom Furniture

Buying bedroom furniture can often come with a number of complications. You can find the perfect piece of furniture that compliments the style and image of your home, but often it’s just that bit too wide, too short, too chunky or could just do with a few more drawers (the list is endless!). This is where bespoke fitted furniture provides the solution, letting you design the perfect piece for your bedroom that fits seamlessly in your bedroom with as much, or as little, input from us as needed.

What really sets fitted furniture apart from the mass-produced flat packs is the full range of choice in every aspect of the design, from the type of wood, such as oak, sycamore and walnut (to name just a few), to the colour, style, size, finish and so on. As an example, we have recently had two separate walk in wardrobes commissioned; one designed with a more masculine feel, fitted out with walnut cabinetry, the other fitted out with sycamore, creating a soft feminine feel, but both emitting an equal sense of luxury.

Within the design process, it’s important to start by deciding which centrepiece you’re designing your bedroom around. More often than not, this is the bed, but occasionally there are alternative centrepieces such as an oversized grand mirror or french dressing table. Whatever it is, placement of fitted furniture needs to be carefully considered to ensure the space in the room is used to its maximum potential. If your bed is in the centre of the room then how much room do you have to spare for furniture each side? We tend to assess whether there are any recesses within the room, where the depth can be taken advantage of to design fitted wardrobes, cupboards/shelving, chest of drawers or any other piece with a minimum impact to the size of the room as a whole. Bespoke furniture is designed to suit you and your space best, meaning you won’t have to put up with having to shuffle sideways down your bed to escape from a cabinet that’s too wide.

Once the design and positioning process has been completed, it’s time to plan the interior of the cabinetry. This is where we can get even more creative! We will create storage solutions catered for your precise needs to design your ideal bedroom, with the bespoke option allowing all of the storage space to be utilised perfectly. There is a large array of hanging, shelving, drawer, and interior/exterior lighting options for you to consider and we will assist you along the way with your ideas and wishlist. Whatever you decide, with your ideas and our experience we can together create the ideal solution for your bedroom furniture requirements.

For any more help and advice please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email or pop into our workshop and we can get your bedroom project off the ground today!