What is bespoke fitted furniture?

Bespoke fitted furniture is furniture made exactly for the space in which it is installed.

Made to fit a space means:

  • for floor to ceiling units the height is the exact floor to ceiling height (minus a space to make the fitting easier but then you will get an exact size filler piece for the gap)
  • for units under a sloping ceiling the angle is chosen to exactly match the sloping ceiling
  • the units have cutouts for the socket/pipes etc that may be in the room
  • choose any material you like
  • mix the materials as you please (different materials for doors, cabinets, drawers etc)
  • integrate the features that you want e.g shoe racks, TVs, ironing boards etc
  • all the material preparation is done in the factory not on site so the finishing quality is high

There are two types of furniture that sometimes get confused with the term ‘bespoke’:

  • off the shelf furniture (e.g Ikea) that has been modified by a carpenter. Typically off the shelf furniture has been designed for mass production and ease of transport so it lacks the structural integrity to tolerate substantial modification.
  • custom size furniture. Large parts of the furniture supply chain don’t want to hold stock so the furniture only gets made when there is a customer order. Within this system is the opportunity to customise the height, width and depth dimensions so it starts to offer some of the sizing benefits of bespoke.

‘Mussel’ MFC walk-in wardrobe

This walk-in wardrobe had to fit in a confined space with a low ceiling, in a London top floor flat. There are plenty of hanging rails, as well as some higher shelving and drawers at the bottom.

Walk-in wardrobe (scribe pieces to be added later)


When a walk-in wardrobe without doors is the design aim, we recommend that the drawers are inset, to give clean cabinet carcass lines, as in this case.
The scribe pieces are yet to be fitted.
Material used: Egger’s Mussel (U100)

Dust Grey MFC corner unit with sliding doors

This project required an unusual design to fit in an Oxfordshire cottage. Using diywardrobes.co.uk Mike designed a corner unit with sliding doors.
Material used: Egger’s Dust Grey (U732) MFC

Dust Grey corner unit with sliding doors


The project consists of 3 separate cabinets. The corner unit with doors houses a curved 30x15mm plated steel hanging rail for shirts and other short items that require hanging. The cabinets left and right of the corner unit hide shelves and drawers behind the sliding doors.

White bedroom units with mirrored sliding doors for a teenager

This floor to ceiling design for a teenager’s bedroom comprises of two main units.
A stand alone unit, which consists of a small cabinet with doors, shelving, hanging space, a Monitor shelf, as well as a pull out desk.

During the build

And a built-in alcove unit with open shelving to house books, memorabilia as well as a TV.

Awaiting mirrored sliding doors

The stand alone unit is finished off with floor-to-ceiling mirrored sliding doors, which cleverly hide what’s behind and give the illusion of increased space.

Light Montana Oak Wardrobe

Bernard in Kent designed this angled wardrobe in (light Montana) oak.

Angled wardrobe frontage

Angled wardrobe frontage

Angled wardrobe

Angled wardrobe

Angled wardrobe side

Angled wardrobe side

Angled wardrobe top

Angled wardrobe top

This cabinet is angled in the depth. At the top of the angle rather than ending to a point, we create a flat section so that the doors lie flat on the carcass at the top of the cabinet.

Angled wardrobe inside space

Angled wardrobe inside space

Hanging rails house longer clothes as well as shirts which leave space for shelving below.

This design is structured as two cabinets; one two-door and one three-door. By splitting into two cabinets, each door is kept to a workable width and the respective cabinets can be allocated to either shelving or hanging. In the factory we cut a single plinth piece to span both cabinets.

Conversion of bedroom into walk-in wardrobe – in white melamine

This walk-in wardrobe was designed and built by Mark in Croydon.

Hanging space

Hanging space

The walk-in wardrobe consists of a number of open shelves, hanging spaces for long dresses as well as shirts and trousers, deep drawers. Big open spaces above hanging rails allow for storage of hat boxes and/or blankets, spare duvets and pillows.

Blum Movento tip-on drawer runners mean handle-less design can be achieved.

Shelves

Shelves

Mark started off designing with angled cabinetry. We can make angled cabinetry, however, in this case there were several corners which added complexity. Without much of a space-win for an angled cabinet Mark decided on square cabinetry.

New cabinetry built around existing built-in wardrobe

New cabinetry built around existing built-in wardrobe

As can be seen in this picture, Mark has designed the cabinet bottom height (plinth) to match the existing skirting.

 

Stylish Bedroom with gloss white cabinet and custom made curved desk

Caroline in Oxfordshire designed this stylish bedroom with high-gloss, mirror cabinet and custom made desk.

High gloss floor to ceiling cabinet with mirrors

High gloss floor to ceiling cabinet with mirrors

The high-gloss, floor to ceiling cabinets fits beautifully into this bedroom with sloped ceilings. To follow the slope of the ceiling the cabinets are angled in depth dimension using our Cabinet Designer online design tool.

Build in progress - Interior with rails, shelves and angled back

Build in progress – Interior with rails, shelves and angled back

The cabinet’s interior consists of 4 white MFC carcasses, which are built individually – this makes the build easier and the wardrobe much stronger. Once the carcasses are built, they are shuffled into position and joined to each other using 30mm long wood screws.

Scribe pieces are supplied to hide the gaps between wall and cabinet side (see Gaps – Scribe pieces). Caroline chose to have 3 carcasses with hanging rails and one narrower carcass with shelves.


The curved custom made desk is high-gloss as well. It’s generally not advised to use high-gloss on horizontal surfaces as dust settles on it, but if you are a clean person, you are a clean person. This is just one rule, and rules are there to be broken.

Build in progress

Build in progress

High gloss curved desk with sideboard

High gloss curved desk with sideboard

The Blum Movento drawers and Blum Motion doors on the sideboard are all Slow-Closing (see Slow-Closing). For her made-to-measure desk Caroline specified the curved profile. This was machined by a flatbed CNC in our workshop. We supplied a stainless steel cable outlet and a stainless steel desk leg to finish off the stylish desk.


To make the mirrored doors we provided 15mm thick white primed MDF blanks. These were taken to a local glazier and 4mm mirror glass was bonded to it. The end result was a custom size mirrored doors ready hinged in a thickness that matched the 19mm thick gloss doors.

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Finished mirror cabinet

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Finished mirror cabinet

Fully furnished bedroom

Fully furnished bedroom

Fully furnished bedroom

Fully furnished bedroom

Primed mdf cupboards with shaker style doors (Part I)

This is one of two cupboards to go into living room alcoves.
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The cupboards are at the right height for the TV to go on top of one of them.

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Hinge plate awaiting hinge
Note the arrow which points to the front of the cabinet.
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Standard hinge

Standard hinge

Slow closing hinge

Slow closing hinge

DVD and Set Top Box go inside the cupboard.
P1040712.JPGPictures of cupboards in situ to follow.