For avid book collectors having your own home library room is a little bit of luxury. Adrian Way can help you achieve the perfect room to meet the look you want, whether that is a haven to escape to and get lost in a good book or a practical and traditional space. Here are some of Adrian’s top tips to get you thinking about how your bespoke home library could look:
Match your design style to your favourite titles
The look of your library should compliment your home and your personal tastes but should also match the type of books that you will be storing in it. If your love is with Charles Dickens a traditional look will fit best, but if you have a love for modern titles it’d suit to store them in a room with a contemporary look.
Fit measured shelves for serials
Many people own a complete series of fiction or non-fiction books, such as encyclopaedias. Bespoke measured shelving will allow you to keep them all together in their full set whilst also fitting perfectly allowing you to store them cover to cover with little extra space and certainly not enough room!
Consider including workspace
Your library is the ideal place to work from, whether you sometimes work from home or want somewhere peaceful to focus. It also means you can have some well-earned reading time at the end of the day.
If you don’t have space to have a library room, you could have a wall in one of your rooms with dedicated room for your books. You could also include a seated area so you can enjoy some reading time surrounded by all your favourite titles.
Adrian Way can help you achieve the perfect library whether it’s a room or small area. Get in touch to discuss your bespoke requirements with Adrian directly and let him build the dream!
Almost all houses have an awkward space that requires some creativity, whether it be a living room corner, bedroom nook, dead space under staircases or just a small floorplan to work to. However, there are plenty of ways to maximise what you have available in your home with some clever fitted furniture solutions.
See our suggestions to find the ideal way to utilise the most awkward spaces in your home that you’ll soon wonder how you lived without.
Create a cosy ready nook under windows
If you’ve got a large window taking up space where you would put wall storage, create a cosy ready nook with hidden storage. This will give purpose to a space that otherwise wouldn’t be used but also keep rooms uncluttered with the extra storage. This works especially well in bay windows, but also can transform a space between two pieces of furniture like the library Adrian previously handcrafted.
Invest in bespoke fitted furniture for sloped ceilings
If you have a space with sloping ceilings, it’s almost impossible to find off the shelf furniture that fits flush to the walls and ceiling, leaving unusable gaps. This is a common problem in loft conversions that can be solved by spending wisely on bespoke fitted furniture that use every millimetre of space.
Adrian has recently manufactured and installed a bespoke fitted wardrobe and shelving to overcome this problem in a small sloping space off a client’s bedroom. This space now offers ample storage for the couple, acting as a mini dressing room.
Create storage under the staircase
Stairs are an obvious necessity for multi-storey properties which are often overlooked as dead space, but they are an area that can be used for multiple purposes. If you’re craving extra storage utilise this space as fitted cupboards or shelving to leave living spaces less cluttered and feeling more open. Or why not make this your office space with a fold down desk that can be hidden when not in use?
If you’re ready to fall back in love with the most awkward spaces in your home get in touch with Adrian to discuss how he can handcraft beautiful bespoke fitted furniture for any room in your home.
No matter what you call it – a sitting room, living room or lounge, this room’s main purpose is to be a comfortable space where the whole household can relax and spend quality time together.
No matter what size or budget you have to spend, here are our top things to consider when developing ideas for your lounge to make it the ultimate space to sit and relax after a long day’s work.
Think about the tech
As a nation we enjoy nothing more than sitting down and relaxing to Saturday night T.V. However, if you don’t want your T.V screen to stick out as an ugly black box, our experienced team can craft clever fitted furniture to house it when not in use. From simple fitted cabinets to advance motorised stands that glide up with a click of a button, we can create you the ultimate entertainment hub.
Do you want to show off your personality and tastes by having your collection of DVD’s and books on display? If so this can be housed in some beautiful bespoke fitted shelves to allow any guests to browse. However, some prefer a more streamlined approach, where everything has its home to create a tranquil space. Make this ‘home’ a set of cleverly designed fitted cabinetry that is timeless in style to ensure it will suit any future home improvements you might make.
It works for small spaces too
Despite what many people think, bespoke fitted furniture can help a small living space look larger, with cleverly thought out designs. Create this illusion with floating fitted furniture that saves floor space or utilises those small nooks that standard off the shelf furniture won’t fit.
Using our 35+ years of experience, passion for handcrafting beautiful bespoke furniture, we can help you create the lounge of your dreams with bespoke fitted furniture solutions. Take a look at our previous living room project and get in touch today – we can’t wait to hear your vision!
Bathroom renovations can be extremely overwhelming as can renovating any part of your home. According to a recent report from HomeAdvisor, more homeowners today are choosing to renovate their bathroom over their kitchen. It can feel like a daunting task to get it right – especially as the average UK spend is £5,600 for a bathroom renovation as detailed in the Houzz and Home UK Survey. With this in mind, Adrian – who specialises in bespoke furniture – has compiled his top tips to help you design a bathroom that is not only functional but one you’ll love to spend time in!
Avoid making decisions in a hurry
The worst thing you can do is rush a decision – after all, it’s a big investment and will last for many years before you start to think about bathroom renovations again. Start with a plan and outline all the goals you would like to achieve with the bathroom. Think about the types of designs you would like, the colours and style you hope to achieve. If you’re not sure, Adrian is able to help you design perfect fitted furniture to suit your needs, the space available and style!
Many homeowners find themselves with a small bathroom, but you can always make the most of your bathroom space, whether you want it simple or luxurious – there is always a way to maximise your space! Bespoke fittings and furniture will give you the room you need to make sure your bathroom isn’t left feeling cluttered and leave it feeling a lot more spacious.
Pick the right accessories
You can make your bathroom reflect your personal taste and decorate the room like the rest of your home! It’s just as important and homeowners can achieve this, even if you’re on a tight budget. It’s good to get inspiration for accessories from Pinterest, magazines, and even social media.
If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom and require fitted pieces of furniture, contact Adrian to see how he can help you bring your dream bathroom a reality!
Adrian has over 35 years’ experience in crafting commercial furniture alongside architects throughout London and the South East. His flexibility, skill and ability to work directly from a brief, means getting it right first time – providing high quality furniture designed to last a lifetime.
How does an architect work with Adrian?
An architect creates the overall look of buildings and other structures, they will make sure everything is functional, safe as well as economical and lastly that it suits the needs of the client using the space. The architect will prepare technical drawings, a specification and/or a schedule of the works. This will all be used to price the tender and construct the building before commissioning Adrian to create the design and bring the design to life.
Case Study – Bespoke Home Office in London
As part of a 15-piece project, a London architect commissioned Adrian to manufacture fitted furniture for a modern home office in Chelsea, London. Adrian pays meticulous attention to detail which enabled him to fulfil the clients’ needs, producing office furniture using the highest quality materials.
Adrian’s brief included creating a freestanding desk and storage for practical use, whilst achieving a high-end luxury finish, complimenting the exquisite interiors in the rest of the home.
If you’re working on a renovation that requires an experienced fitted furniture designer, get in touch with Adrian who pays meticulous attention to detail, to see how he can help you elevate the project.
We sat down with the founder of AW Way, Adrian White to find out how he got into the world of furniture making over 35 years ago and discovered his favourite commissions so far…
How did you get into making furniture?
I got into making furniture while I was still in school, so from a very early age. I enjoyed taking a logical approach and making things and taking a mechanical approach to make the process as easy as possible. There are thousands of ways to construct things but I like to create items in the most efficient way possible.
What has been the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
The more complicated projects the better! I love a challenge and finding out the best ways to make furniture. The most interesting residential bespoke fitted furniture project I have worked on was a kitchen that was made completely from scratch. It involved lots of different components and the customer wanted something completely bespoke to make best use of the space they had.
The most interesting bespoke commercial fitted furniture project I worked on was a curved desk in an office. It was quite a complicated design to meet aesthetics, as well as being practical so I made the bespoke desk using some high quality materials and sprayed it to match the client’s requirements – the results were brilliant.
Do you have a favourite piece you’ve made?
My favourite piece of bespoke fitted furniture has to be the hidden kitchen. It had been attempted twice before, but it hasn’t worked but with my reassurance and perseverance, we made it possible. I love a challenge I can get stuck into and problem solve. I can create and make things that other people might struggle.
Why is bespoke best?
A lot of people think that bespoke means that it is more expensive, but that isn’t always the case. You can pay the same prices as what’s in the shops with the benefit of getting exactly what you want -fitting your taste. The best bit of all – if it has been made by us, then no one else will have it! It’s also very rewarding to see our designs come to life.
What advice would you give to someone looking to have something made?
There are many things that you need to think about when having bespoke furniture made. Think about how else you will use the piece of furniture as your lifestyle will change over time. For example, if you have kids that are young, their clothes will get bigger as they grow so storage that suits them now might not work in a few years’ time. We can think about ways to adapt this so it will work well for many years to come!
If you have a new idea for home or office and need some help putting the ideas to paper before bringing them to life, then get in touch with Adrian today to see how he can help you!
Our homes are made to be enjoyed and technology is a big factor in the achievement of this. From TV’s to music systems, we all want the latest technology, but this should compliment our interiors not dominate it.
AW Way has over 35-years’ experience handcrafting bespoke fitted furniture that focuses on functionality. In the initial discussions, our meticulous attention to detail will consider aspects other would only realise with use, ensuring wires and technology components don’t ruin the aesthetics of your home. Whether you want to turn your spare room into an entertainment hub or want to make working at home as simple as possible, see how we can craft bespoke furniture to suit your lifestyle that doesn’t compromise on style.
Devices are getting larger so keeping boxy black devices and the wires that come with them hidden in bespoke fitted furniture will help keep a streamlined style. Our experienced team can design bespoke fitted furniture that can neatly house your tech behind cupboard doors, in floating shelves or pop up out of cabinets. For an area where lots of power is required we can hide power sockets that pop up or swivel out, especially handy if you work from home!
Another design option is to show off your devices rather than disguise them! If your television is always on when your home think about framing it and make a feature with some beautiful bespoke fitted shelving designed, crafted and installed by AW Way. This way you’ll also be able to show off your favourite family memories, candles and décor accessories too. The beauty of bespoke is that everything can be customised, you get total freedom to have any colour, any size, and any additional features to suit the personality of the home.
Technology doesn’t just refer to small gadgets like TV screen and sound systems. We previous designed and installed a hidden kitchen, equipped with a coffee machine and sink between two bedrooms in a client’s home. With skill and accuracy this was concealed with folding doors to ensure the luxurious design of the house wasn’t compromised.
If you want to get rid of the spaghetti junction of cables in your home or create other pieces of furniture that integrates technology, get in touch to discuss your bespoke furniture requirements with Adrian directly.
Storage is essential in every home, but we always seem to find ourselves falling short for space which is why it is important to learn how to work with the space we have. Adrian discusses some simple quick tips to help you utilise your space around your home:
The Living Room
The living room tends to be the messiest room of the house but that’s because it is the room that sees the most traffic. Make the most of your living room by investing in multi-functional furniture. For example; a coffee table that also includes draws. This will give you extra space to utilise but with the added benefit that it is hidden and won’t clutter your room.
Make your kitchen easy to cook in by maximising your space. By using vertical space in your kitchen, it enables to use all the space you have in the room, this will help by reducing clutter on the sides and help keep your kitchen looking neat and tidy!
Maximise your under-bed space! Utilise the space you have by storing underneath, it’s one of the easiest ways to add a whole area of storage – no one must know as this can be incorporated in your bed design. Splash out on a wardrobe wall! Installing shallow wardrobes along a wall will help you to create a cosy feel whilst giving you a whole heap of added storage. It won’t feel as bulky and cluttered than if you were to put a wardrobe or cabinet there! A light colour will also make the room feel more open and less claustrophobic.
AW Way has been creating bespoke furniture for over 35 years and can help you maximise your space! If you need some advice to help you maximise and get the most out of your home, get in touch with Adrian today!
With flexible working policies and the number of self-employed people in the UK on the rise, the need for a dedicated working space in our own homes is at a high. However, problems can arise when personal and professional lives collide, so we need to create a working space to stay motivated and distraction-free.
If you want to keep your productivity high while in working hours, but still be able to relax in your home come the end of the day take a look at some of our office and working space tips.
Separate work and home
Keeping personal and professional separate when you work from home can be hard but is one of the most important steps to follow. Combining your work and downtime will only distract you during the day and you’ll find it hard to switch off at the end of the day.
Ideally, to overcome these you would have a dedicated office room to shut yourself off from the rest of the house however, space sometimes simply doesn’t allow this. If your working with a small or awkward space get creative and invest in a fold-down desk that can be closed at the end of the day, taking away the temptation to keep coming back come clock off time.
Make it your own space
The beauty of not working in an office block is you can build the space around your working patterns and personalise it with as much- or little- décor as you like. AW Way can handcraft you a beautiful bespoke fitted desk in their Milton Keynes or London workshop to all your requirements. The material, colour, finishes, shape and style can all be determined by you to ensure you work efficiently and help you enjoy sitting at it every day! Their experience and passion for creating simple but functional bespoke fitted furniture mean areas you might overlook like cable management and plug sockets will be incorporate into the design, eliminating problems that would otherwise arise after installation with other companies.
Think about lighting
If your working space has limited natural light this can make you feel more lethargic in the winter months when daylight hours are short. To ensure you work productively all year round position your desk close to the window or incorporate enough artificial lighting into the room design. A desk lamp is also a helpful addition when it comes to reading papers to reduce the risk of eye strain from poor lighting.
Are you ready to re-invent your working space and build your dream office? Get in touch with Adrian to discuss your bespoke furniture requirements on 01908 586803.
Dark evenings are drawing in and Christmas will soon be upon us which means that now is the perfect time to start thinking about that all-important dining table. It can be difficult and a tight squeeze to fit in all of your family on Christmas Day which makes an extendable dining table the perfect solution. The extra space is there when you need it but won’t take up space all year round. Here are some benefits of the extendable dining table:
Space efficient solution
You might need extra space for those special occasions, but you don’t need it all year round. Maximise your space with a smaller table that you can extend when needed. This will help to avoid furniture clutter and will also leave you with a lot of functional room when it isn’t needed.
Style fits with all interiors
Extendable dining tables come in all shapes and sizes depending on the amount of space you have available. The more room you have, the more you will be able to play around with the design on the table as you won’t be as limited. Here at Adrian Way, we are able to match the style of your table to fit with the rest of the interiors in your home.
If you’re ready to start thinking about your dream dining table to host that all-important dinner party or Christmas celebrations, contact Adrian today.