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! 


How much does handmade furniture cost?

Traditional bespoke furniture is simply handcrafted furniture that has been designed and made to measure according to what you customer wants and needs. It allows you to have luxury furniture that fits your homes room sizes and shapes, even filling in those awkward spaces and not letting them go to waste.  For example – if you have an alcove in your room due to a fireplace and want bookshelves to fill either side, we can design and build high quality units to fit into those spaces.

Bespoke furniture takes fitted furniture one step further, allowing us to provide something perfectly suited to your home and that is unique to you with a high level of detailed craftsmanship. Traditional bespoke furniture can be designed not only to fit your home space, but also the items you desire to fill it with. Luxury handmade furniture is a personal method of furnishing your home the way you desire and utilising the space available. Bespoke furniture doesn’t have to just be fitted furniture, but also free standing units, such as tables, larder units, TV stands and lots more.

The cost of handmade bespoke furniture is pretty undefinable; the size, colour, materials and overall design determine the price. Generally speaking bespoke fitted furniture will start at double the price of something off the shelf. The more detail and the complexity of the item will affect the overall cost. Here at Alresford Interiors we provide bespoke furniture services at realistic prices with high quality craftsmanship by our experienced cabinet makers. Everything can be built to your specification in order to provide the results you require. The style can be anything you want for your home, classic – traditional, rustic or contemporary.

The team at Alresford Interiors work daily on bespoke furniture projects for clients; we want to provide high quality built bespoke furniture to suit the customer’s needs and desires. From the measuring, helping to design, building and fitting we like to have a strong relationship with our customers and ensure we provide a finished product that meets, or better still succeeds their expectations.

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