60 seconds with Adrian White – Bespoke Furniture Maker

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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!

How to organise your fitted dressing room

Fitted dressing room

If your bedroom wardrobes are suffering from one too many shopping sprees it might be time to consider converting a space or spare room into a dressing room. Investing in some bespoke fitted furniture for this space will create more storage so everything has its place, so you can be more organised. Read our tips for designing and organising the perfect storage space for your fitted dressing room to clear clutter from your bedroom.

Prioritise whats important

Before designing a dressing room for the whole contents of your wardrobe, have a clear out of anything you simply don’t wear or use anymore. If you’re finding it hard to part with items test what you really use by turning the hangers in the opposite direction once a garment is worn. After a period this will leave you with a system that indicates what you haven’t worn and shouldn’t save space for in your new storage.

Find the right storage solution

A fitted dressing room can be created with multiple types of bespoke storage so ask yourself what requirements does your clothing, shoes and accessories require? Do you need maximum hanging space, or would you prefer shelving for t-shirts and jumpers? Consider the height of hanging rails and whether shelves should be movable to house any future purchases. Once you have decided how you’d like to have your clothes arranged, whether it be by colour, style or purpose, AW Way can find a solution that meets your needs and style.

Right before your eyes

Having your most used items at eye level or closest to the entrance will help save time when getting ready or if you need to grab an item in a rush.

Incorporate a space to get ready

Don’t forget about completing the space with a beautiful bespoke dressing table or island with built in seating. The team at AW Way can fit this into the design and their meticulous attention to detail consider aspects like plug sockets and wires which would otherwise look unsightly in your new dressing room.

Bespoke dressing table

Maximum storage in a limited space

At first it might seem silly to have fitted cupboards where you can’t reach but utilising all the space will offer somewhere to store items seasonal items that are rarely used. Having bespoke fitted furniture hand crafted by AW Way means every millimetre is accounted for to maximise storage space that is fitted perfectly first time.

Bespoke fitted dressing room

Adrian can offer his 35 years’ experience in designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke fitted furniture to ensure all your items are easily accessible and no space is wasted.

Get in touch today to start the journey to the creating the dressing room you’ve always dreamed of.

Fitted furniture solutions to utilise your homes awkward spaces

bespoke shelving furniture solutions

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.

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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.

4 things you need to know about bespoke fitted wardrobes

Bespoke fitted wardrobes in bedroom

Homes across the UK have wardrobes bursting with belongings, as off the shelf wardrobes don’t make the most of space or allow customisation.

Opting to have bespoke fitted wardrobes designed help keep a room looking spacious and organised, while simultaneously complementing its style. If you’re considering having fitted wardrobes commissioned here are the top 4 things to know:

  1. You’ll get more space – Unlike off the shelf wardrobes that often have gaps above and below, bespoke fitted wardrobes are designed to the measurements you desire. Opting for full height fitted wardrobes frees up vital storage space, reducing clutter and other storage free standing furniture in your bedroom.
  2. Makes your home more desirable- If you’re looking at selling currently or aren’t in your forever home, the investment you make on fitted furniture will be regained when put your home on the market. Storage is a high priority for modern house buyers, especially in London so fitted furniture like wardrobes and cabinets will make your property stand out.
  3. Designed to you- The beauty of bespoke wardrobes is that everything can be personalised, from the materials down to the final finishes and components. Adrian provides samples during the process for approval, so changes can be made during the design stage to ensure the finish result is one you are truly happy with.
  4. Built around the room- Working down to the millimetre, means even the smallest or most awkward of spaces can be used. Wardrobes can be built –around alcoves and sloping ceilings, with Adrian also considering use of electrical sockets and light switches. 

If you no longer want to compromise on space, get in touch with Adrian to discuss how he can create you bespoke fitted wardrobes or other fitted furniture to suit your home, style and lifestyle perfectly.