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! 


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!