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!



A New And Improved Cream Hall Shoe Seat Saturday, Oct 5 2013 

Fully Fitted Hall Shoe Seat

Fully Fitted Hall Shoe Seat

Mr and Mrs B. formerly of Iden Green were moving to Broad Oak and were leaving the original hall shoe seat we made behind. Sussex Bookcase Company were commissioned to make the mk 2 version which was designed to be fully fitted in the new hallway.

The cabinet was constructed in Tulipwood and moisture resistant board and painted in a cream spray finish. This item is highly personalised with a copper leaf heart and monogram.

Email Nick on for an appointment or home visit.

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

Pair of Antiqued Cabinets in Oak Wednesday, Dec 5 2012 

Mr and Mrs F from Smarden in Kent wanted matching cupboards that would feel part of the original cottage. They had a very clear idea of the style required and knew exactly what was going where behind the drawers and doors. After the quotation and drawings were prepared and accepted oak samples were polished  to give a colour choice that suited the room.

Left Hand Oak Cab.

Left Hand Oak Cab.

Right Hand Oak Cab.

Right Hand Oak Cab.

The cabinets were 56″high x approx. 29″wide x 16″deep (1422mm x 736mm x 406mm).The front portion (facia)was constructed from European oak with character features or knots and the cabinets from moisture resistant 18mm / 6mm boards. The back sections were spray painted in white and a distressed, quality hand polished finish was applied to the facias.

And Inside

And Inside

The cabinets were fully fitted,tops being scribed to the alcove and side fillets to the walls.The right hand unit also had to straddle pipework and allow access to a drain cock, so the plinth is also removable.

Matching Pair of Oak Cupboards

Finished! Matching Pair of Oak Cupboards

Scroll through the web pages to see other examples of our work at the Sussex Bookcase Company in Bodiam. Polishing by Nick Atkins Decorations at Unit 10 Bodiam Business Park, Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5UP     01580 830681.

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.

Meter Cupboard Sunday, Jan 2 2011 

Custom Made Meter Cupboard

Custom Made Meter Cupboard

Previous clients from Biddenden Kent wanted to update their meter cupboard to a piece of furniture that was designed to fit, tie in with the character of the room and give good access.

Whatever the cupboard needs to house,we shall do our best to shoehorn it in !

Phone Nick at the Sussex Bookcase Company on 01580 830841

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.

For more Info. email nick on

Custom Hall Seat with Shoe Storage in a Spray Painted Finish Thursday, Nov 11 2010 

Interior of Shoe Cupboard

Painted Hall Seat  Shoe Cupboard
Painted Hall Seat Shoe Cupboard

Mr and Mrs B. in Iden Green required a hall seat with a shoe storage cupboard under, to fit in the small space behind the front door. The unit is constructed from Tulipwood and moisture resistant board and spray painted in cream. The flap is hung on brass butt hinges and soft opening stays with the shoe rack being adjustable on magic wires.

If you have an idea for a piece of furniture why not discuss it with Nick on 01580 830667 .  Between us we can make it a reality!

Natural oak study with blue glass Friday, Nov 5 2010 

Natural oak study - filing cab

Natural oak study – filing cab

Mr and Mrs D. in Maidstone wanted a contemporary natural oak study to include bookcases, desk pedestals, filing cabinet and cupboard. The design incorporated the use of blue glass featuring on the bookcase ends and desk top.

The filing cabinet includes lockable drawers and stop allowing only one drawer open at a time. The top two drawers are set on quadro runners with push open catches. The fronts are all matched and set at the same overall heights.

Natural oak study

Natural oak study featuring blue glass.

For a free quotation and advise phone the Sussex Bookcase Company on 01580 830667 now.

Veneered Curl Mahogany Cupboard Wednesday, Oct 6 2010 



This piece was commisioned to compliment other furniture and carefully measured to fit under this spiral staircase. The cupboard has an inlaid curl mahogany panel with box line and cross banded boarder.                                                                      

Hand Made Curl Mahogany Veneered Cupboard

Hand Made Curl Mahogany Veneered Cupboard


Continue browsing to see some of the other furniture that has been made by us.          

PS. Sometimes the clients make the delivery very easy for us, even if its to Como in Italy.

Alan and Monica I’ll let you know next time I have an international delivery to do!!! Regards Nick

A & M on the stairs

A & M on the stairs


Making the lift up the stairs look very easy.

Making the lift up the stairs look very easy.

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