Bookcases for New Soft Furnishings Showroom. Wednesday, Jul 25 2018 

I was approached by Clare Langdon at Clare Langdon Interiors in Cranbrook with an idea to make a series of bookcases to house her collection of material pattern books. This former blacksmiths forge had the advantage of having firstly a reasonably flat solid floor and secondly a long recently installed plaster board wall. The other requirement was to provide some kind of division between the front area with the window display, seating area and the display section behind.

Initial Visit

With the design worked out and approved by Clare work began on the  ‘L’ shaped shelving unit. The plinth was constructed from 6″ x 2″ European redwood to take the weight and was pre-scribed to the floor before finishing. The furniture was constructed in 18mm board which was lipped on the edges ready for machining the mouldings. Tulipwood ( American poplar) was used for the edges and mouldings. The units were made in sections and finished in the workshop and then assembled on site. The stunning colour chosen by Clare is F&B Down Pipe mixed up specially for the spray paint finish.

Once painted the various sections were delivered, the first day went particularly well with the base sections and right hand sides in place. This allowed me to measure up the false wall in order to prepare the stud work and get the plaster board precut to size and by this time Clare was getting quite excited. The next day was preparation in the workshop for the end wall and then back on site more assembly with pieces being scribed to the wall (even flat walls need the furniture to be trimmed to fit on occasions).

The third day had all the units and trims fitted and screwed into place. The second plaster board was fitted and the hand made skirting board to match existing was glued into place awaiting the decorators to fill holes and work their magic. The final pieces of the jigsaw were the two top mouldings.

I must say I was very well looked after by Clare and her team of ladies with frothy coffee and cakes together with the odd lift with the pieces.

The two corner shelves were just a little too snug so they were trimmed and refinished and returned a couple of days later.

I look forward to posting a couple more pictures with the area beautifully decorated by Clare.

Clare Langdon Interiors

Association House, St Davids Bridge, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HL

01580 712209





Black Bespoke Fitted Bookcase Tuesday, Apr 24 2018 

Mr and Mrs F. previous customers from Northiam wanted a shaped fitted unit in the lounge for various storage on narrow adjustable shelves. The cottage is very quaint though the floor is pretty level and fitting can be a challenge, so the unit was scribed to the adjoining surfaces before spraying.

We had the bookcase spray painted black in a polyurethane based paint by Spraycraft of Bodiam. This paint gives a very hard wearing surface but the main reason for this choice was the even black finish itself, the company did an excellent job.

On installation only a small amount of trimming was required.

The overall effect is stunning.

Black Bespoke Fitted Bookcase

Black Bespoke Fitted Bookcase Side On

Arts and Crafts Style Bookcase and Cupboard Unit Wednesday, Dec 27 2017 

New clients from Seaford wanted a large freestanding bookcase / wall unit incorporating cupboards. After discussions on what was required and after a second draft details from the “Arts and Crafts” period were the primary design features.

The piece was completed in the workshop and spray painted in the chosen colour prior to installation .

On delivery the base section was positioned and assembled. The top section was a different kettle of fish though, requiring fixture to the mid shelf on a set of trestles before  being heaved onto the base. Top moulding was put in place and the unit was tagged to the wall (just stops any movement on the carpet).

Great pleasure to do this job!


Bookcase by the Sea Wednesday, Sep 7 2016 

Today I went back to Seaford in East Sussex to visit John and the bookcase I made and installed a couple of years ago.

The bookcase was made in veneered and European oak in a natural oak lacquered finish, with fully adjustable shelves and scribed to the walls giving a  good close fit.


Modifying Existing Cupboard Friday, Jan 2 2015 


Original cupboard enclosing underfloor heating controls


With socket details.

My clients in Sedlescombe also wanted to improve the cupboard setup in the breakfast room with shelving above, including space for the hifi.

The cupboard was removed and modified with a new top and bookcase with fully adjustable shelves, suitable access for the plug sockets and a clean fitted finish on all the wall meeting points. The piece as a whole was spray painted to an suitable colour.

If you require an alteration to an existing piece of furniture please do give us a call to arrange a quote on 01580 830667.

Modified Existing cupboard

Modified cupboard incorporating fitted book shelves

T V unit / Window Seat in Natural Oak Finish Saturday, Oct 19 2013 

This was an interesting project for new clients in East Hoathley, East Sussex, who wanted to combine a TV unit and  window seat beside their inglenook fireplace.

Combining oak and oak veneered board the frame was made and jointed with provision in the back to fully enclose the multitude of wires associated with the TV hardware.

The sliding door also made it possible to access plugs and sockets with little trouble.

This piece was to match a bookcase  made by us earlier in the year.

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TV / Window Seat in Oak

TV / Window Seat in Oak

Showing Wire Storage

Showing Wire Storage

Free Standing Natural Oak Bookcase
Free Standing Natural Oak Bookcase


Free Standing Bookcase and Cupboard Unit in a Paint and Natural Oak Finish Monday, Mar 11 2013 

Painted and Natural Oak Bookcase and Cupboards

Painted and Natural Oak Bookcase and Cupboards

Painted Bookcase in Five Sections. Saturday, Dec 1 2012 

This bookcase unit was commissioned by Mr and Mrs W. from Wye in Kent to fill the wall space of a newly converted cottage.

The piece measures 2.075m high x 3.5m x 0.305m deep, made in 5 sections with totally adjustable shelving. The durable spray paint finish was colour matched to Little Green Paint Companies White Lead No74 therefore no hand painting was needed to complete the piece after installation.

For a quotation at no cost to you email

Fully Fitted Bookcase in Painted Finish

Fully fitted  five section bookcase in painted finish.

Freestanding Break Fronted Unit Tuesday, May 31 2011 

Top Moulding

Top Moulding

Finished and Loaded Up.

Finished and Loaded Up.

Painted Bookcases with Integral Windw Seat
Painted Bookcases with Integral Window Seat

Clients from Sevenoaks had a huge wall with a window in the middle, which lent itself beautifully for a series of fully adjustable, fully fitted book shelves and

Window Seat

Window Seat

perfectly sited in between the two, a window seat with storage under. The Georgian architecture of the property was picked up in the mouldings and turned roundel details at the top of the units.The base set of units were 450mm (18″) deep and the top shelf units were set back to 300mm (12″).

This initial piece of furniture was commissioned back in 2005, recently we were called back for some more book shelving and these were the resulting pieces!

Roundel Moulding

Detail of Roundel Moulding

Painted Free Standing Breakfront Cupboard Unit

Painted Free Standing Breakfront Cupboard Unit With TV Slider.

Painted Bookcase On The Stairs

Painted Tulipwood Bookcase

For a free home visit or consultation at the workshop call Nick on 01580 830667.

Fitted Oak Bookcase with Cupboards Incorporating a Kneehole Desk. Monday, Dec 27 2010 

Clients from Herstmonceux, East Sussex required plenty of storage for books, computer, paperwork and craft supplies. Their room lent itself to a full wall of units,  as R and M had a very good idea of how they wanted it to look the design was arrived at fairly easily. The approximate overall size is 2.5m high (8′ 4″) X 3m wide (10′). The choice of finish is Light Oak.

Showing Filing Cabinet and Removeable Panel.

Home Study in Light Oak.
Home Study in Light Oak.

The doors are constructed from European oak, the frames mortice and tenon jointed with central fielded panel and hung on Blum style hinges The lower section incorporates the knee hole desk in the centre with filing drawer inside the left hand pair of doors and shelf over. The cupboard to the right houses the computer and printer. The big concern was the excess heat and access for wiring, this was overcome with a removeable fielded panel with a discrete air gap at the top to the rear of the kneehole.  The end cupboards on both sides are storage with adjustable shelves. The book cases above have solid oak shelves, fully adjustable and suspended on magic wires.

The furniture is fully fitted around the skirting boards and scribed to walls and ceiling.

Sapele Rosette Display Frame.

Sapele Rosette Display Case.

The other piece made was a display case for rosettes approx. 900mm high (35″) X 1500mm (5′) wide in Sapele with toughened glass front.

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