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! 


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.