Tips to utilise your homes awkward spaces

Almost all houses have an awkward space that requires some creativity, whether it be a living room corner, bedroom nookdead 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

Bespoke fitted furnitureIf 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 homget in touch with Adrian to discuss how he can handcraft beautiful bespoke fitted furniture for any room in your home.

Time for a lounge refit? Consider bespoke fitted furniture

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. 

Media storage

 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 

 

Configuring the Perfect Bedroom

Bespoke fitted bedroom furniture is the solution for maximising space and installing useful storage customised to your needs. There are so many ways you can use bespoke furniture to make your room one of a kind – plus, bespoke means it will fit perfectly!

Bi-folding doors

Create space by utilising nooks in your room which are often found in bedrooms – leaving you with sloping ceilings to contend with. Bi-folding doors will give you more space and as well as leaving you with a sleek finish.

Adrian recently installed a bespoke fitted wardrobe to overcome a sloping ceiling problem in a client’s bedroom leaving them with enough storage and a beautiful finish.

Add shelving and drawers into your wardrobe

By adding shelving into your wardrobe, it helps you to utilise the lost space above or below your clothing to allow you to keep things clean and tidy. Drawers will give you the perfect place to keep your shoes, they’ll be out of the way, but you’ll have easy access to each and every pair!

Space you’re not sure what to do with?

Use small spaces to create something useful like a dressing table! Adrian can even add in storage for you keep everything you need in your bespoke dressing tables – such as your makeup and hairbrush so they aren’t on show, keeping your bedroom a clean and tidy space.

If you’re ready to design your perfect bedroom, get in touch with Adrian to see how he can handcraft everything you’re looking for!

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!

Integrating technology into your fitted furniture

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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.

Hidden designs

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!

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Frame it

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.

 

Think big

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.

Make the most of storage space!

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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.

 The Kitchen

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!

The Bedroom

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!

Creating the perfect working environment in your home with bespoke fitted furniture

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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.

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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.

Creating a reception space to welcome & wow guests

Reception furniture & bespoke bookcase

Your reception area is your business’ first chance to make a big impression on visitors-and you want it to be the right one! This gateway should instantly reflect your brand personality, tell your story and distinguish yourself to stand out from the crowd.

If you’re looking for ideas to make your reception space leave the right lasting impression, here’s some of our tried and tested ideas.

Create a Definitive Welcoming Space

When visitors walk through the doors you want to make it instantly clear where they need to go, so having a front desk is crucial. As the first touchpoint this needs to instantly represent your brands personality so choose shapes, colours, materials, textures and finishes that fit with this. Also consider the practicality for people working in this area. Nobody wants to be greeted by stacks of papers, books and your cold coffee, so conceal bespoke fitted draws and cabinets to keep organised and minimal items on display.

Make it inviting

Nobody likes waiting- so making this experience as enjoyable as possible will make your business stand out. Even little things like uncomfortable, hard furniture can alter opinions so opt for couches and tables that makes your office warm and inviting. It’s a nice idea to have the latest papers or industry magazines available for people to browse which creates a more comfortable atmosphere for visitors who aren’t as talkative.

Show off your successes

Utilise this waiting time to show off your business at its best! A beautiful bespoke fitted cabinet or shelving unit can house company awards, images and literature that tells your story. Opting for a timeless design means that as your business evolves the items can be changed which comes at a much smaller cost than investing in an office refit.

If you’re ready to make the right first impression or are working on a project that requires some handcrafted bespoke fitted furniture get in touch with Adrian to discuss how he can add the WOW to any reception space.

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.

Why should you have a bespoke kitchen made?

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A kitchen is an essential part of the home, in fact it is where we tend to spend most of our time! Which is why it is critical to have the perfect kitchen and make it a place you like to spend your time. You’ll be able to optimise space, have everything fit perfectly and create something that will showcase your home. There are so many reasons to go bespoke – and it’s not more expensive!

  • Bespoke kitchens are made to measure, meaning that there will be no odd shapes and sizes and best of all – nothing that doesn’t fit. Each cabinet will be the perfect fit for your kitchen ready to be utilised and for you to put your mark on.
  • Add your own personal touch, you get to be part of the design process! Tell us what you want and need, and we will make it happen. If you don’t like the design, we can keep changing it until your happy, leaving you with your dream kitchen!
  • A bespoke kitchen will be custom made – just for you! No one will ever have the same kitchen as you. All materials used will be finished with the look you desire – giving you unlimited choice. You’ll cherish your custom made kitchen for many years to come.

If you want to update your Kitchen, get in touch with Adrian to discuss how he can create the perfect kitchen for you to suit your home, style and lifestyle.