Bespoke Alcove Units

We are Dublin's furniture specialists. We can design and build your dream alcove units. Alcove units are typically related to fireplaces. They hold a formidable quantity of potential storage. All awkward recessed corners and areas also are referred to as alcoves. They can be situated anywhere in your home and most typically result from extensions. The area between them can house the hearth or - within the case of in-built TV units - a TV or entertainment system.

So why would one get bespoke alcove units? Custom made units fit right in using the complete available space. The shelving complements the interior design of a room. Flexibility and attention to detail that you simply won’t get with a ready-made piece of furniture off the shelf. Working with an interior Designer exposes new perspectives creating distinctive furniture.


These reasons total up the necessity for custom-made furniture simply because all alcoves have awkward dimensions. This means that off the shelf units might not fit the available measurements. There's always an alternative when it involves alcove units. You can favour to build a detached piece of furniture or design a built in. With an array of various designs, a cabinet maker will produce something truly distinctive. Let’s dive into totally different elements of an alcove unit. Our goal is to create your new alcove unit in a way that is trendy, sensible and practical.

In this article we tend to :
discuss different kinds of designs for alcove shelving
look into in-built TV units in different rooms of a house
help you find out how to style open shelving
give you many practical ideas on how to declutter your house
choose the freestanding or in-built entertainment unit


Highest  quality

Custom made alcove units are made with the highest quality materials. We don't use cheap regular MDF, but instead we use certified hidrofugo® moisture resistant MDF, plywood, veneers and solid woods. Highest quality finish spray painting in any colour and finish, or staining and lacquering service 

Perfect design

Our carpenter is a skilled designer, that will work with you step by step
If needed we can even render some 3D images to make sure we are clear and on the same page in regards to the design and style you are looking for. We are specialists in cabinet making with 15+ years of experience.
Perfect assembly with over +450 happy clients 

Made with care

Our carpenter builds alcove units in our workshop. This is better than doing it on site for a variety of reasons, as having access to the needed tools, machinery and paint room. But also for the obvious health and safety reasons. 

The unit styles 

Alcove Units are available a range of sizes and designs.
We narrowed the styles down to three:
Traditional, modern and transitional.

Traditional style

Traditional means symmetry, comfort and charm. When considering this style imagine rich wood tones, curved lines and luxurious furniture. It’s a graceful and refined style that brings everything in a room together creating it look elegant. According to traditional style everything comes in pairs around a statement piece. A statement piece may be a fireplace or a piece of artwork, or the TV itself in the case of in-built TV Units. Pairing the items results in balance. They complement details of the room's statement piece.

Modern style

Modernism began as an intellectual movement at the end of nineteenth century. It has then spread into completely different elements of life as well as interior design. Modern style moves far from the ‘lived in’ feeling that traditional style implies. The idea is to cover the clutter and make hidden storage. It’s purpose of ‘less is more’ created through clean, crisp lines using plain textures and no detail. The bookcases or shelves in this instance won’t be sticking out from the walls. You will observe a great deal of metals. They are often utilized in faucets, doorknobs, cabinet handles and railings. This allows us to maneuver away from a comfortable and warm traditional look.

Transitional style

A transitional may be a combination of both traditional and modern designs. It is created by using rich traditional textures and clean lines of modernism. Adding a contemporary piece to a traditional styled space can make it feel fresh and new. Either styles is used as a base and can be added to. It is the simplest way of creating balance with feminine traditional features and masculine attributes of modernism. When it involves interior design you base your decisions on the way you're feeling about them. The design for your alcove units lies within these 3 styling categories. You can have as much freedom as you wish with the selection of color and texture.

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Ask us for a quote

So, go on!

Talk to us today and together we can design and produce a one of a kind piece of furniture that is unique to you and your home. 

Why BM Custom Furniture?
This is what our customer think about our bespoke alcove  units: 

Eva from Knocklyon

''I ordered a custom built furniture for an alcove beside my fire place along with two radiator cabinets. I am very happy with the products delivered and fitted by BM Custom Furniture. This company is reliable and the work is first class. I have no hesitation in recommending them.''

Pat lives in Lucan

''Barry did an outstanding job on our out-sized built-in shelving unit in the family room. The units are 9 feet high (floor to ceiling) with shelves set at different heights to accommodate large and small book, LPs, CDs, ornaments, etc., and plain push-open doors on the bottom units. When he had finished, the units looked like they had been part of the original house plans (new build). We're very happy with this Carpenter, high quality work for a fair price and very friendly too. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who is looking for custom-made furniture.''

Bm Custom Furniture is designated furniture specialist for new build projects as:

Newcastle Road, Lucan Auburn Green, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Newlands Grove, Knockmeenagh Road, Newlands, Clondalkin, Broadfield Manor , Drive, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin Dunluce, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Fairways, Cualanor, Fairways, Cualanor, Dun Laoghaire The Stables, The Rise, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin Clonbern, Clonbern, Castleknock, D Grosvenor Lane, Rathmines, Dublin 6 White Pines, Stocking Avenue, Rathfarnham, The Forge, Lusk Fitzwilliam Quay, Fitzwilliam Quay, Dublin 4 St. Helens, Adamstown, Lucan, Co. Dublin Amberley, Amberley, Stillorgan Park Avenue, Blackrock, Aideen Place, Aideen Place, Terenure, Dublin Fairways, Carrickmines Manor , Carrickmines, Shandon Wood, Monkstown Sycamore Grove, Grove Road, Glasnevin, Newpark , St Helens, Adamstown Semple Woods , Donabate, Co. Dublin New Priory, New Priory, Donaghmede Eustace Court, Eustace Court, Dun Laoghaire Castlechurch, Castlechurch, Newcastle, Co. Dublin Limekiln Manor, Limekiln Road, Greenhills, Dublin 12 Wilkin's Court, Wilkin's Court, Limekiln Lane, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 Beresford , Donabate, Co. Dublin The Nurseries, The Nurseries, Taney Road, Dundrum Parkside, Parkside, Balgriffin, Dublin 13 Shackleton Park, Shackleton Park, Lucan Marianella, Marianella, Rathgar, Dublin 6 Albany, Albany, Killiney Hill Road, Killiney Hazel Manor , Strand Road, Portmarnock, Tullyhall, Tullyhall Drive, Lucan Morehampton Lane, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 Belarmine Woods, Belarmine Woods, Stepaside Citywest Village, Citywest Village, Citywest Tramyard Exchange, Tramyard Exchange, Dublin 8 Belltree, Belltree, Clongriffin, Dublin 13 Newlands Grove, Knockmeenagh Road, Newlands, Clondalkin, Beckett, Crosthwaite Grove, Crosthwaite Grove West, Dun Laoghaire Phase 2 Castle Vernon, Dollymount Avenue, Clontarf Whitethorn, Feltrim Road, Kinsealy, Co. Dublin Broadfield Manor , The Grange, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries, Co. Dublin Cedarview, Cedarview, Santry, Dublin 9 Daneswell Place , Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 The Links, The Links, Ballygossan Park, Golf Links Road, Skerries, Co. Dublin Barnwell Woods, Hansfield, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 Carraig Bui, Johnstown Road, Cabinteely, Dublin 18 Ardsolus, Ardsolus, Brownsbarn, Kingswood, Citywest, Fairborne, Templeville Park, Templeogue, Dublin 6w Embassy Court, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Rockville, Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, Fairhaven, Fairhaven, Castleknock, Dublin 15 Castlefield Hall, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 Hamilton Park, Hamilton Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15 Inglenook Wood, Inglenook Wood, Carrickmines St Pancras , Terenure, Dublin 6 Sandyford Village, Sandyford, Dublin 18 Ashfield Place, Templeogue Village, Templeogue Proby Square, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Condor, Church Road, Killiney Taylor Hill, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin Cuil Duin, Citywest, Rathmill Manor, The Grange, Rathcoole White Pines, Stocking Avenue, Rathfarnham Stillorgan Gate, Upper Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan Royal Canal Park, Ashtown Castleknock Cross, Beechpark Avenue, Castleknock Stepaside Park, Stepaside, Dublin 18

Benefits of custom made furniture 

Most of us want our home to be well-decorated with some unique furniture design. When it comes to the interior design of your home, it’s important to choose each item with care so that it blends in with the overall design of the room. Everyone has their own unique ideas about design and style. Therefore, many people choose custom made furniture as the possibilities of design styles, features, colours and textures are endless. This allows you, the customer, to design something that speaks to you, functions for your individual requirements and most importantly, allowing your personality to shine through.  

Here are 3 of the main benefits for choosing us to create your custom made furniture.

A unique range of furniture: Custom-made furniture is something you can play around with the design. We can help you design furniture according to your needs, requirements, preferences and style.

Quality: We use the highest quality materials available on the market. Materials we use include certified hidrfugo, moisture resistant MDF, furniture grade plywood, veneers and solid woods
If you want your furniture to stay intact for years, then quality materials are a must. Ready-furniture is usually made of inferior quality material to cut down the price. With our custom-made furniture, you get that high-quality furniture you are looking for which has been hand made and constructed by a highly skilled craftsman, leaving you with a sturdy, high quality product.

Storage and Size : Custom-made furniture is just perfect if you are looking for storage space in either small apartments very large rooms or awkward spaces such as under your stairs. We help you design them in such a manner so that they maximize on storage. There may be an empty wall or corner of the room where ready-furniture pieces are either small or just too big to fit. These are times when bespoke furniture comes to the rescue. Since we can make anything in any size, your commissioned piece of made to measure furniture will look great anywhere. 

Custom Made Alcove Units Built In Wardrobes Walk in Wardrobes TV Units Radiator Covers All Services Request a Quote Alcove Units We are the Dublin furniture experts. We can design and make your dream alcove units. Alcove units are usually associated with fireplaces. They hold an impressive amount of potential storage. All awkward recessed corners and spaces are also known as alcoves. They can be located anywhere in your home and most commonly result from extensions. The space between them can house the fireplace or - in the case of built in TV units - a TV or entertainment system. So why would one get custom made alcove units? The units fit right in using the entire available space. The shelving complements the interior architecture of a room. Flexibility and attention to detail that you won’t find in off-the-shelf furniture. Working with an Interior Designer opens up new perspectives creating unique furniture. shaker style alcove unitsapprox. €2535 fitted alcove shelvingapprox. €2720 fitted TV furniture with lightingapprox. €4200 fitted Modern Built in TV Unitsapprox. €3175 fitted These reasons sum up the need for custom made furniture because all alcoves have awkward dimensions. This means that off the shelf units may not fit the available measurements. There's always a choice when it comes to alcove units. You can choose to build a freestanding piece of furniture or design a built in. With an array of different styles a cabinet maker can create something truly unique. Let’s dive into different elements of an alcove unit. Our goal is to make your new alcove unit stylish, practical and timeless. In this article we will: discuss different types of styles for alcove shelving look into built in TV units in different rooms of a house help you learn how to style open shelving give you a few practical ideas on how to declutter your space choose the freestanding or built in entertainment unit Custom Made Alcove Units Highest quality materials (certified hidrofugo® moisture resistant MDF, plywood, veneers and solid woods) yes Highest quality finish (PU spray painting in any colour and finish, or staining and lacquering service) yes Skilled design team that will work with you step by step yes Specialist cabinet maker team with 80+ years of combined experience yes Perfect assembly every time yes Over 120+ happy clients since 2012 yes The Unit Styles Alcove Units come in a variety of sizes and styles. We narrowed the styles down to three: Traditional, Modern and Transitional. Our cabinet makers build alcove shelving in our workshop. This is better than doing it on site for a variety of reasons, one of them being the access to machinery that makes things faster and more precise. Here's an interesting video on how alcove units are made; just note that the person in the video is doing it on site rather than in a workshop so the process is slightly different. Traditional Style Traditional means symmetry, comfort and charm. When thinking about this style imagine rich wood tones, curved lines and luxurious furniture. It’s a graceful and refined style that brings everything in a room together making it look classy. According to traditional style everything comes in pairs around a statement piece. A statement piece can be a fireplace or a piece of artwork, or the TV itself in the case of Built In TV Units. Pairing the items results in balance. They complement intricate details of the room's statement piece. modern styleapprox. €2200 fitted Modern Style Modernism began as an intellectual movement at the end of 19th century. It has then spread into different parts of life including interior design. Modern style moves away from the ‘lived in’ feeling that traditional style implies. The idea is to hide the clutter and create hidden storage. It’s purpose of ‘less is more’ created through clean, crisp lines using plain textures and no detail. The bookcases or shelves in this instance won’t be protruding from the walls. You will observe a lot of metals. They are frequently used in faucets, doorknobs, cabinet handles and railings. This allows us to move away from a cosy and warm traditional look. transitional styleapprox. €2580 fitted Transitional Style A transitional is a combination of both traditional and modern styles. It is created by using rich traditional textures and clean lines of modernism. Adding a modern piece to a traditional styled room will make it feel fresh and new. Our team designed, built and fitted Traditional Style furniture for The Wedding Shop - to see photos of the project just click on its name. Either styles can be used as a base and can be added to. It is a way of creating balance with feminine traditional features and masculine attributes of modernism. When it comes to interior design you base your choices on the way you feel about them. The design for your alcove units lies within these three styling categories. You can have as much freedom as you want with the choice of colour and texture. We are very impressed by our built-in units from Custom Made. They are very high quality and really complement the room! Couldn't recommend Custom Made enough! I would have no hesitation in recommending Custom Made. Their work is of a very high quality and fits beautifully into the house. They were always responsive to communications and completed the job in a clean and efficient manner. We we very pleased with the final product and the support in planning the unit. We plan to build additional bespoke furniture with your company. Thanks very much. Alcove Shelving ALCOVE CUPBOARDS WITH SHELVES An alcove unit containing both cupboards and shelves is a popular buy. The reason for that is because it combines both open and hidden storage. Open storage requires styling skills to display the decor. Closed storage will store away all the necessities that you want to hide. It is the easiest way to achieve visual satisfaction and daily practicality. Get inspired on Pinterest: Check out the Alcove Cupboards Board by Anita O'Shea illuminated alcove cupboardsapprox. €2780 fitted (both) FLOATING SHELVES Floating shelves installed in alcove units look appealing, light and airy. To make sure your wall can carry these shelves feel free to ask us. Take into consideration how much weight the shelves are going to carry. With the end goal in mind a cabinet maker will make the best decision on the thickness of the material needed. Get inspired on Pinterest: Check out the Floating Shelves Board by A Beautyful World floating shelvesapprox. €760 fitted (both) ALCOVE SHELVING BACKGROUND A background of your units can help the decor on the shelves to stand out. You can either blend the colour of the units with the wall or finish them in contrasting colours. To create eclectic design you can use wallpaper for the background. Using wall paper can also help you create an accent wall. Finally, to create an illusion of more space a reflective surface will be the best solution. Need colour inspiration? Check out the Farrow Ball Colour Chart. They are one of our main suppliers and their colour selection is incredible! Color chart Style Your Alcove Shelving in 3 Steps To achieve a designer look you should aim at creating balance. The best way to create balance is through the use of shapes, colours and textures. Layering the items will help you stay focused in the process. The very first thing to do is to decide what colour scheme you want to maintain. Based on the items you own look at what colour dominates the most. Try to maintain that colour for consistency in style. If storage space is your main concern feel free to ask us about your options for Under Stairs Storage Units. Books Position the books both horizontally and vertically. Spread the colours evenly across the shelves. Avoid putting all the darks or whites in one place. Keep in mind that you are aiming at balance. Art Use art to add various heights and sizes to the shelves. Use the statement of colour and the type of art as a way to showcase your personality. Pretty Items Use the rest of your pretty, sentimental and functional items to dress up the rest of the space on the shelves. Keep in mind the colour scheme. Try to edit it as you go and get rid of the items that visually clutter the space. Emily Henderson describes these 3 steps in more details with beautiful examples. To add to that consider using plants. Leaving some negative space can balance the shelves out. The process of ordering custom made furniture may push you towards decluttering. There’s lots of techniques to successful decluttering. Joshua Becker in 'Becoming a Minimalist' gives creative detailed steps on How to Declutter Successfully. alcove units Let us build your perfect alcove shelving. TV Units Since Built In TV units are one of the most popular appliances associated with alcoves we decided to dive into the subject into more detail. Every family household owns a TV and let’s be honest, many people watch TV everyday. It’s an accessory that plays a major part in our household. If you want to integrate a TV into your interior design you can do it through the use of alcove units. Built in Entertainment TV Units A wall with alcoves in a living room is the main wall because of the fireplace. Tilting the TV towards the fireplace will make it a focal point of the room taking the attention away from the TV. To integrate a TV into the design of the room you can paint the back of the alcove unit a darker colour. You can use our tips above for more background design. Storage cabinets at the foot base of an alcove unit will host the TV wiring. It will host extra TV features that you wish to hide from sight to make the place look clean and tidy. Open storage can be in the form of floating or traditional shelving. You can display items such as frames, books and other elements of interior decor. This helps to draw the entire attention away from the TV blending it into the room. approx. €3900 fitted approx. €4180 fitted Built in TV Units Wall to wall built in TV units will provide an excellent solution for a-frame houses. Open shelving in this case will make it easy to camouflage the TV so that it doesn’t stand out as much against the entire built in unit. Due to the scale of the unit the TV will appear smaller. A tip for changing tastes and future redecoration - keep the style of closed storage cabinets simple. Keeping the style simple and timeless you're flexible to redecorate with ease. The primary function of a built in TV unit is to make the living room look pretty, tidy and functional. In busy homes where storage matters the wall to wall built in furniture will boost its capacity streamlining the tidiness of the house. The characteristics of a mid century style includes refined lines and minimalist silhouettes. This style emerged from a desire to explore the world in new ways. approx. €1850 with shelves tv units with backlightapprox. €4050 fitted Built in TV Entertainment Units Let’s cover the fact that we don’t just own a TV, we own an entire entertainment area for all the gaming and audio attributes that come with it. The beauty of custom made furniture is that you will be confident in knowing that the furniture fits into the space exactly as it should. A built in TV Entertainment Unit will contain open shelving and cabinets. Decoration on open shelving will draw attention away from the entertainment unit. Closed cabinets hide the accessories and wiring from Play Station, audio and other accessories. Using our styling tips from above will help you achieve these final steps. Step 1 Embrace the large black screen Make it a focal point Style the open shelving with neutral objects with occasional pops of colour Step 2 Paint the back of the shelves a darker colour Use wallpaper to blend it into the decor Having a built in entertainment unit is an amazing solution for storage and whilst still practical it’s very stylish. As the years go by you can customise your unit changing handles and shelf positions. The main thing is that your accessories and possessions will finally find a place. We hope you gained a detailed insight into style, design and storage solutions. Should you have any questions or if you wish to discuss your next project with us give us a call

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