Creating more storage can be one of the biggest headaches in interior design. Freestanding, off-the-peg bookshelves, wardrobes and cupboards can be beautiful, but sometimes the only way to get it right is to commission a bespoke piece of joinery to make the most of any awkward or small spaces. We've gathered some of our favourite examples from houses both traditional and modern, to give an idea of the range of possibilities for tailored storage.

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    This pediment bookcase in a house by interior designer Gavin Houghton and architect Simon Hurst is designed in the Georgian style and has integrated wall lights. It is in a green paint different to the one used on the walls, giving the room a contemporary twist.
    gavinhoughton.co.uk | schd.co.uk

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    An elegant dresser, designed by interior designer Chester Jones and made by builders and joiners Tavener, echoes this flat’s nineteenth-century architecture. It includes a sliding serving hatch through to the kitchen.
    chesterjones.com | tavener.co.uk

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Maria Speake divided this old byre with a wall of storage that conceals a television, an audio system and gym equipment. The doors, which slide, swing up and pull open, are made from engineered oak floorboards and have been trimmed with reclaimed iroko.
    retrouvius.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Designed by Turner Pocock to maximise wall space and frame the sofa, the open shelving in the living room of this London villa has a smart brass trim.
    turnerpocock.co.uk

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Beata Heuman capitalised on the high ceilings in this sitting room by installing floor-to-ceiling MDF shelving around the doorway, which creates an illusion of space.
    beataheuman.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    The solid oak bookcases that wrap around this library by interior designers K&H Design were designed to complement the Georgian architecture of this rectory. They have been painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Stiffkey Blue’ (£62 for 2.5 litres estate eggshell) and the effect is fresh yet classic. The ceiling coving continues across the front of the units to create a sense of cohesion.
    kandhdesign.co.uk | farrow-ball.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves flank a wall in this sitting room by architect Daniele Petteno. The MDF has been spray lacquered in white, which provides a cleaner finish than hand-painting and suits the modern feel.
    danielepetteno.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    De Rosee Sa constructed the study nook in this kitchen from MDF, with space-saving pocket doors.
    deroseesa.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Martin Hulbert wanted the wall of cupboards in the snug of this London house to form a ‘simple and practical backdrop’. The sprayed white doors conceal storage and a bar.
    martinhulbertdesign.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Suzy Hoodless broke this wall of wardrobes up by cutting lines resembling tongue and groove into the MDF doors, with recessed handles: ‘I wanted to add texture in a simple and graphic way.’ The doors have been painted in Paint & Paper Library’s ‘Temple’ (£55 for 2.5 litres architects’ matt).
    suzyhoodless.com | paintandpaperlibrary.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Under-stair shelving and cupboards make use of often wasted space in this project by Cindy Leveson.
    levesondesign.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Fitted shelves, wardrobes and a desk wrap around one end of this bedroom by Charlotte Crosland. Charlotte, who recently launched a bespoke joinery service, added rounded beading to the doors and chose a strong teal for all the woodwork.
    charlottecrosland.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    In the sitting area of her previous kitchen, Nicole Salvesen added drawers and adjustable shelves on either side of the fireplace and used match boarding to cover up the irregular walls, creating a streamlined look. See the full house here.
    salvesengraham.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Patrick Williams combined reclaimed Georgian reeded uprights and architraves with new shelves to create bookcases that feel appropriate for this eighteenth-century house in Bath.
    berdoulat.co.uk

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    In this small bedroom by Jane Taylor, cupboards are cleverly disguised by panelling made by Sympatico Joinery, while a small cubby hole acts as a bedside table.
    janetaylordesigners.com | sympatico.co.uk

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    ‘We love layering joinery,’ says designer Nicholas Spencer, who devised this child’s bed sandwiched between drawers and cupboards.
    spencerandwedekind.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    To update some tired built-in wardrobes at her former Notting Hill house, Matilda Goad had panels cut out of the doors before backing them with cane and adding narrow beading to frame the inset.
    matildagoad.com

  • How to create made-to-measure storage using bespoke joinery

    Powder blue tongue-and-groove sliding doors have been used for the wardrobe in this bedroom by Jonathan Tuckey. Sliding doors are an excellent
    idea for smaller spaces and the scalloped trim, which goes all the way round the room, is a charming finishing touch.
    jonathantuckey.com