Commissioning bespoke joinery can feel like a formidable task, especially if you are unsure where to begin or what is involved. We’ve developed this guide to help you every step of the way from refining your ideas to the best way of working with our team of skilled joiners.
Step 1 – Discussing your project
Bespoke joinery solutions can be anything from custom office and commercial installations, to fitted furniture for the bedroom and the kitchen, bookcases, shelving, window frames, doors, and staircases. Including wood in interior design, with a traditional or contemporary finish, our skilled joiners deliver exactly what you want.
And that means the first step is to discuss your project with us in detail. We’ll listen to your ideas, gaining as much information as we can so that when we move on to the next step making sure we have all that we need to give credence to your ideas.
Step 2 – Design concept
With an idea of what is needed, we start the process of putting ideas down on paper. From hand-drawn sketches to computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, we offer a wealth of options when it comes to adding vision to your ideas.
This is a collaborative step and depending on the nature and size of the project, it may take some time. We may also need to work with other craftspeople to dovetail joinery projects with other constructions and developments on site.
We’ll guide you through the whole process from start to finish.
Step 3 – Adding the detail
With designs and sketches drawn up, we start to add the detail – and this includes choosing the right wood.
Timber can be split into two categories – hardwoods and softwoods. Oak and walnut are popular hardwoods with their densely packed grain offering robustness, with a hint of luxury. Slow growing trees give the best hardwood and because they do not grow straight, the grains and knots often afford a piece the individual character that you are looking for.
Softwoods have a more relaxed grain, such as pine. Faster growing trees, they tend to grow tall and straight. Hence, softwood is often used in construction such as roof trusses, posts, and rails.
Choosing the right wood depends on many factors within your project including budget but also the finish and styling of the final piece.
Step 4 – The build
With designs signed off, our skilled joiners set to work on creating the beautiful bespoke piece. This is a detailed and creative process, and even though you may be impatient to see the final result, we need time to craft and work with the timber.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our work. It filters through every aspect of what we do from selecting the right pieces of wood to work with to the final product itself.
Step 5 – The installation
Of course, this depends on the project and the item made. For fitted furniture, such as staircase, shelving and kitchens, we can provide an installation service. Our joiners can also work with carpenters and other construction specialists, essential when a bespoke joinery solution is part of a construction or renovation project.
Why choose Bodnant Joinery?
Bodnant Joinery is an established and well-known company, working with residential and commercial clients across North Wales and the rest of the UK. Offering specialist joinery solutions, we have a deep love for our craft, and there is no project that is beyond the reach of your skillset.
What is bespoke joinery?
A joiner is a skilled artisan who builds items made from wood. These can be functional items as well as ornamental and decorative pieces, such as furniture, fitted and freestanding, bespoke kitchens as well as doors and other fixtures. We complete projects for residential clients as well as commercial.
Is there a difference between a joiner and a carpenter?
It could be argued that a joiner and a carpenter are the same thing. They are both skilled professionals, who are creative and expert in the projects that they work on. They can also specialise in certain aspects of woodworking. For example, joiners ‘join’ wood together, working in a workshop whilst a carpenter will ‘fix’ the items in situ. In our workshop, carpenters and joiners work side by side so that all our clients get the pieces that are beautifully finished and expertly crafted.
Why choose bespoke joinery?
Flat-pack and ready-made furniture are all well and good, providing that a room is perfectly square with no odd angles or intruding features. Dimensions are an issue too as not all pieces of readymade furniture will sit perfectly within a space. With bespoke items, you don’t have any of these issues. Bespoke staircases sit seamlessly within their allotted space, the finish of custom-fitted kitchens blend effortlessly with the interior design of the rest of the home or space and the beautiful appeal of custom office installations dovetail with a brand image. In other words, bespoke joinery solutions are versatile, flexible, and affordable.
Wood has an enduring appeal. A versatile material, it can be worked into almost any shape or design. Sitting well within contemporary style projects as well as traditional settings, it remains a popular material. The demand for bespoke furniture and architectural joinery remains buoyant, and no wonder considering the luxurious and totally unique result it gives for the discerning client like you.