Budget bathroom cabinets – bespoke and beautiful!

Jali bespoke bathroom cupboards (detail)If you thought that Jali was just for living rooms, bedrooms and halls – think again! Our products are perfect for bathrooms too, as our customer Helen realised. Before starting her project, Helen was really clear about her aims: “When planning the new bathroom I had to consider several factors such as:

Budget: if I wanted bespoke units built, it would just cost too much.

Storage: I wanted to create as much storage as I possibly could. However, I did not like any of the ready-made units for sale in bathroom & DIY stores. They were expensive and difficult to fit into a Victorian house. Also, many were very contemporary in look, which was not what I felt would suit the house.”

So this clever and capable woman got to work…

“To Jali bespoke bathroom cupboard make maximum use of the space I designed a cupboard which combines a cover for the radiator and acts as a linen cupboard above – so all my linen and towels are kept lovely and warm.”

What a brilliant idea – there is nothing like something all-enveloping, warm and soft when you step out of a bath or shower, especially in chilly winter days. Heaven in a bathtowel. Sorry, Helen, where were we… ah, yes.

“I was able to phone the Jali team for help with dimensions and the placing of the shelves.”

You can see the inside of the cupboard, below; the louvred fretwork doors make it a perfect combined radiator cover and linen cupboard.

Jali bespoke bathroom cupboardAnd now for the rest of the bathroom. “The sink unit (below) gives me all the storage space I need for cleaning materials, toiletries & medicines etc,” says Helen. “The top surface is a sheet of white gloss laminate, cut to size, which gives a very finished look and is easy to maintain.”

This is a really important factor in bathroom design – an installation that looks wonderful at first can easily start to lose its appeal, especially if you live in a hard water area, or is in constant use by the family.

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Jali bespoke bathroom cabinets (drawing)It was certainly important to Helen: “Easy cleaning – I wanted a bathroom that could be easily cleaned and maintained, with no ugly pipes showing. The toilet (below) was fitted into a recess using a Jali cupboard design modified to fit. It is ideal – looks good, works well, and it hides all the pipes.”

Jali bespoke bathroom cupboardJali enabled me to design a bathroom that suited the age of the property, giving a traditional effect that would not date & give me the bespoke look I wanted.”

“The gentleman who has carried out our home maintenance for over twenty years, completely fitted and decorated the bathroom. He found it easy to construct and could modify the units such as the toilet and wash hand basin with little difficulty. He, like myself, was impressed by the finish of the product.”

And Helen’s verdict on the completed installation? “I am delighted with the result, having achieved a good looking, easily maintained bathroom with loads of storage.” Helen also thanked Amy and the rest of the Jali team for their help and advice enabling us to complete the bathroom.”

Thank you for your great photos, Helen, and for giving us some fantastic ideas for our own bathroom projects. You’ve achieved something you can be very proud of. And you’ve shown just how versatile and adaptable Jali cupboards can be…

-Annie

Makeover magic, with made-to-measure fretwork!

A DIY project doesn’t have to be big and ambitious to be successful. Just ask our customer Diana, who designed a Jali fretwork panel to turn an unused fireplace into a stunning focal point.

Bespoke Jali fretwork panel transforms an unused fireplace“I am very happy with the final result, it has transformed my room!” Diana told us.

Although she used our fretwork, in pattern 2082, in an existing fireplace, Diana could easily have replaced or updated any of the components, using Jali’s amazingly versatile mdf custom shapes.

For example, you could easily create a mantle shelf with a straight side and two rounded (or square) corners, and we can even prime it for you, to save you another step in the process.

Just remember that you’ll need to work out a way to securely fix the pieces in place, as these pieces don’t have the usual Jali cam-and-bolt fixings.

And don’t forget that you can also add bought-in moulding and beading for even more elegance and a period feel. Attach fretwork panels to other surfaces, in a matching or contrasting colour, to embellish them. Or back our panels with lovely fabrics – brocades or silks are ideal – to create a sumptuous and unique impact!

Below is the range of Jali fretwork currently available:

Jali fretwork patternsThe pattern right in the centre of the grid – no. 7662 – made an unexpected appearance on BBC2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge last week. Contestant Shaida used one of our fretwork samples on her mood board, as confirmed on Twitter:

GIDC tweet, with Jali fretwork sampleThe Moroccan-style shutters and radiator cover Shaida and her team subsequently created for the Challenge had no connection with us, though. (Apart from a flash of inspiration perhaps? We’d like to think so!)

So if you’re a fan of the programme (or not!), or you just have a yen to transform banal into beautiful, don’t fret – get fretworking!

-Annie

Beat the January blues beautifully, with Jali!

Jali bespoke dresserWell, the Jali blog is back for the new year with a bang: something big, beautiful – and blue! “We are so thrilled with this!” said our happy customer Leah when she sent us these photographs – and we can see why.

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It’s a great example of the way in which Jali can help you realise your dreams for a bespoke, individual piece that solves all your storage and style problems in one go.

Jali bespoke dresser“The room is quite dark,” Leah told us, so she wanted to have extra light.

“I also wanted it to be more dramatic, hence the extra coving. I am sooooo happy with it.”

The unit was designed with the Jali kitchen dresser Designer, which, as I’m always saying, is so versatile.

The extra coving was created in our mdf shapes Designer.

The result is a marriage made in heaven, and a stunning and unique piece of furniture. It’s going to look gorgeous at every time of the year…

By the way, the photo below has reminded me that Christmas decorations should be taken down today, the 6th of January. We are told it’s bad luck to take them down earlier or leave them up longer. (And, let’s face it, we probably don’t need any extra helpings of that commodity floating around in the coming year if we can help it. No sirree.)

Jali bespoke dresserAnyway, at Jali we’ve decided that, whatever else happens, 2017 is going to be chock full of brave, brilliant, modern DIY projects. Leah has got us off to a cracking start, and we’ve got more of your brilliant ideas to come. So if you’ve got a notion, get in motion – and like Leah, make the rest of us go “Whooo!”

-Annie

Happy and peaceful holidays (and a modern DIY New Year!)

img_2331_750Well, 2016 was quite a year, for so many reasons. At Jali, we’ve all had our individual responses to world affairs. But as a team, we can honestly say we have never had such wonderful feedback from our lovely customers.

It’s fair to say that we’ve been amazed and delighted in equal degrees. By your enthusiasm, delight and pride in your achievements. By the fantastic photos and detailed accounts of projects you’ve sent in. And by the way you’ve used our products to create your own, personal, totally individual interiors. Go you!

It’s been a joy. So if you haven’t joined in yet, and are lucky enough to have some holidays coming up, why not try modern DIY, Jali-style? Here are some ideas for making 2017 the year your home gets some real Jali crackers of its own…

  1. Try a combination of open shelves and storage behind drawers. Our clever customer Kevin showed how in last week’s blog. Simple but stunning, and very, very practical.

Jali bespoke wardrobe2. And don’t forget that our brilliant wardrobe Designer, used so effectively by Kevin, is also perfect for other kinds of storage beside clothes, shoes and bags. It’s great for utility rooms, for example.

Jali bespoke radiator cover3. Jali radiator cabinets are SO simple to design and put together. Start your modern DIY adventure with them, to give you confidence and familiarize you with the Jali cam-and-bolt assembly system. You also get a built-in shelf – extra storage space that will prove invaluable, we promise. It also means you can hang artwork and mirrors above your heating with no danger of warping or cracking. So get, er, cracking!

img_2302_7504. Another first product for those just dipping their toe in the modern DIY pool is our fabulous Flexi shelving. Versatile, easy to design and assemble (I put my first set together in the Jali factory really quickly without assembly instructions – yay!), they really are wonderful. Ideal as room dividers, either permanent or temporary, and great partners for Jali fretwork too!

5. Once you’ve taken the plunge, don’t panic. The free online Jali design system lets you create, modify and save almost infinite numbers of designs. You can also send them to friends and family for second (or more opinions). At Jali, we understand how nerve-racking it can be to design your own furniture. So you can always contact us for professional but friendly advice. Send us an email over Christmas and New Year, and we’ll get back to you once the office is open again on Thursday 5 January.

In the meantime, have yourself a merry little (or big!) festive season… from all of us – including the Jali robots – cheers!

-Annie

Bigger, better wardrobe? Yes please!

“You’re going to need a bigger wardrobe.” That was the message in an online company’s advert recently, tempting us with their fashion range. The rascals…

Of course, there is nothing like the Christmas party season to encourage a bit of sartorial splurging. But all those new togs have got to live somewhere, and few of us are disciplined enough to follow the “one in, one out” system of keeping things under control. Well, I’m certainly not…

Jali bespoke wardrobe So when I saw our customer Kevin’s photos of his amazing walk-in wardrobe installation I was seriously impressed. A bigger, better wardrobe? Yes please! There was a LOT of swooning (might even have been some drooling) and some serious storage envy.

Below, a shot of the main section, with a Jali radiator cover on the left and showing one of the units with open shelves (seen on the left in the photo above):

Jali bespoke walk-in wardrobe: main section Below, the end section with hanging space and drawers:

Jali bespoke wardrobe: interior viewI’ll let Kevin take up the story of this stunningly successful project, while I go and do a spot of ironing….

“We have previously used Jali for radiator covers and had always been very happy with the end results. When we extended our house, a new walk-in wardrobe room was attached to the main bedroom. We took some quotes from professional designers/installers but at the same time I began tinkering with the Jali wardrobe designer – it soon became clear that, with a little effort, we could get exactly what we wanted from Jali at far less cost.

Given the size of the project, the savings were substantial. We could also keep adjusting and checking the design in a way which we could not with a professional designer. Having finalised the plans, Amy at Jali helped us to adjust the final few details and check over everything. We could also order skirting boards for the walls to match exactly the skirting on the wardrobes.”

As Kevin says,”This was a very large design – the main section is nearly 6 metres long, 80 cm deep and 2 metres high.”

Here’s a photo of the main section in the Jali factory, before the door panels were glued into place. We assemble large units like this before packing and despatch, to make sure everything will fit together perfectly when customers receive their kits.

Jali bespoke wardrobe in the Jali factory You can just see those open shelving areas Kevin has designed; this is a brilliant way to store items such as handbags and scarves, and is definitely worth stealing.

Kevin decided to get some help with the assembly. “We had two people in who spent 3 days putting it up and a further three days painting. The way in which the units are constructed is very straightforward. As expected, everything fitted together to the final millimetre – we didn’t have to trim or adjust anything. The drawers in particular are excellent quality.”

Here’s a close-up of just some of those drawers – aren’t they gorgeous?

Jali bespoke wardrobe: interior view“The total weight of the wardrobes is over 900Kg(!) but this means that the finished units are extremely sturdy with absolutely no movement or fixing to the floor/wall required. We are delighted with the finished result, and even with the labour costs, the total cost to us was half the price quoted by professional designers and installers.”

That is so good to hear, Kevin. But you have also created a great design, and shown how easy it is to get everything you want with Jali: the furniture of your dreams, a beautiful, professional result and a substantial saving in costs.

So if Kevin’s story has got you thinking along similar lines, the Christmas/New Year period could be the ideal time to get planning. These big projects do take some time to get right, but as Kevin has shown, it’s more than worth it.

Kevin was also kind enough to wish us a happy Christmas and New Year too. Thank you, and we wish the same to you and everyone – here’s to peaceful and enjoyable celebrations for us all…

-Annie

A world of home design, from laid-back to lavish…

Variety makes the world go round; just imagine what a boring place it would be if we all liked the same thing. At Jali we think it’s our differences that make us interesting and keep us on our toes.

It’s the same when it comes to home design, so we give you a huge choice of dimensions and details, to fit your home and your taste perfectly. And with just a touch of DIY know-how you can create in so many styles, from cool and classical, as in this elegant wall unit

Jali made-to-measure wall unitto ornate and opulent, such as this radiator cover in fretwork pattern 2082:

Jali bespoke radiator coverIt’s really easy to get started. Just browse the Jali product range, choose an example and then try all the possibilities. It really does pay you to play with the system before you finalise your design, as the online Jali Designer has a world of home design options tucked away behind its buttons. They vary from one product to another, so click away to see those options on-screen, and just pick the ones that suit you.

And if you need some inspiration, there are lots of examples of customer projects in this blog, with more coming up soon. We’re constantly amazed and delighted by the success stories our clever clients have completed, and their joy at having created their dream pieces is always a joy.

So have a go – we think you’ll be surprised at what you and Jali can do together…

-Annie

How to solve a BIG storage problem – with Jali

i304abannerEver thought “I’d really like to sort out the clutter; not a quick fix, but for good. And I’d like our storage to look great too, and suit our house – and us.”?  Well, let me introduce Brian. Brian and his wife recently moved from a larger home in Staffordshire, where they’d lived for around 18 years, and relocated to a beautiful cottage in Hawkhurst, Kent.

But there was a flaw in paradise, they discovered. “Like most house moves and scaling down, we found that we had far too many belongings that did not fit in our new home and a distinct lack of storage. We spent some considerable time searching without success for bespoke furniture that met our storage needs and did not require a ‘second mortgage’.  We were about to give up when by chance a local soft furnishing shop in Cranbrook recommended a company called Jali, whom they had used.”

As a first step, says Brian, “We looked at the Jali website and drew up some initial designs on its design package. We liked what we saw and decided the next step was to visit their premises in Barham, Kent so that Jali could help us develop our ideas. During that visit we looked at a number of options that would meet our needs, both from a storage aspect and also to house our numerous books.”

Brian was determined to see this project through to the end, despite the fact that period properties can have drawbacks as well as lots of attractive features.

“As with many older houses, walls, floors and ceilings are not always as true and square as modern day builds and guidance was needed as to how the Jali design package could deal with this. Over the coming weeks we spent time reflecting on our requirements, amending measurements and details, finally, with the help of the Jali team, we settled on the dresser that you see below.”

Completed Jali bespoke storage unit, emptyThe cupboards after the plinth was levelled:

Jali bespoke cupboards after levelling the plinthTrim was added to the cupboard skirting to cover the gap caused by the uneven floor:

Trim added to Jali bespoke cupboard skirting to cover gap to floor… and the shelving installed:

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The couple installed and painted the entire unit themselves, and even notched the top section so it would fit snugly round the beam on the ceiling (below):

Jali bespoke dresser notched to fit round a beamFinally, the unit is finished and filled with books and treasured objects; Brian’s photo, below, shows the unit with the continuous run of cupboards extending under the window to the right-hand wall.

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And a shot by Helen from Jali, below, when she went to visit the cottage recently:

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And the verdict? Back to Brian…

ice_0009_350“The dresser was well manufactured, it is extremely sturdy and well engineered with everything fitting together perfectly first time. We are so pleased with the end result.

We have nothing but praise for the Jali team who were  extremely helpful and competent in translating our needs and supporting us through the process.

Both my wife and I will most certainly order more furniture from Jali and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.”

Well thank you Brian – we’re obviously delighted that we’ve helped you solve your storage problem, that you got exactly what you wanted and that you’re so happy with the result.

Once the unit was finished, Helen, our operations manager, went to visit Brian and his wife and took some photos of the unit – and it does look wonderful. To create something similar, try our kitchen dresser designer, available at the link here.

Brian told Helen that he was pleasantly surprised to find the prices of our products cheaper than those of our competitors. And he is so pleased with the quality of his unit, he’s planning to come back to us next year for some wardrobes. Keep an eye on the blog, Brian, as I’ll be featuring another customer’s rather fabulous built-in wardrobes in a couple of weeks. They just might give you some ideas…

-Annie

Bookcases in real wood veneers are here!

This year, the autumn foliage of the trees around the Jali building has been spectacular. Those vibrant hues seemed even more precious for knowing how short-lived the display would be – all that splendour would soon be – literally – blown away by November’s chilly winds.

Jali bespoke bookcases in real oak veneerLuckily, the Jali way of capturing nature’s beauty produces something much more long-lasting. So if you fancy bringing a touch of it indoors, our real wood veneers are just perfect. What’s more, you can now order our brilliant bookcases in walnut or oak veneers too, instantly updating your décor and giving you lots of lovely shelf-space.

Bespoke Jali Flexi shelf unit in real oak veneerSo as well as cupboards, drawer units, dressers, wardrobes and Flexi shelving in oak (left) and walnut finishes, our equally gorgeous bookcases in real wood veneers is the answer to a multitude of storage and display needs.

And give a whole fresh look to your home into the bargain…

To select the new bookcase veneer finishes, just click on the product link and choose an example to customise.

Then click the ‘Colour’ button on the left of the screen and you’ll see the choice of available finishes.

As before, you can also choose the position of the unit; freestanding or fitting between two walls, or a left- or right-hand wall.

For manufacturing reasons, there are some limitations to the details we can offer when you choose the veneer option, but the unique and individual marking of the grain actually looks better when used in a less ornate design.

Bespoke Jali bookcases in real oak veneer, designed to fit against walls

Once assembled, your bookcase just needs a suitable protective coating and it’s ready to use! Sophisticated but simple, and all set to take your books, objets d’art or anything else you want to store and display. Before you know it, all those Christmas presents will be in the house, just waiting for somewhere to live. And this could be the year when you finally have more than enough places to put them. Now wouldn’t that be something to raise a toast to!

-Annie

Children’s bedroom storage with a real touch of magic!

This week we’re delighted to bring you another success story –  this time, children’s bedroom storage with a real touch of magic.

i302bannerWe’ve talked before about the problems caused by lack of domestic space – UK houses are the smallest in Europe. And even the space we do have can present a real challenge, because of a room’s shape, size or features that get in the way of a clear run of shelves or cupboards. This means that off-the-peg furniture often doesn’t fit or doesn’t make the most of the room we have.The options? Expensive, often disruptive on-site projects by bespoke joiners or cabinet makers. Or there is Jali

The latest contented customer to contact us with details of a finished Jali-assisted project is Sue. Are you sitting comfortably? Then she’ll begin…

A magical space…

“We’d just converted our loft into a shared bedroom for our two children and I was in the process of working out how to fit all of their toys, clothes and books up there. We’re great lovers of children’s books and I wanted to create a magical space where they could easily view and access their stories. Because of the sloping ceilings, the only realistic place we could think of for bookcases was around the dormer window, so I decided to make a feature of it and create a child’s window-seat as part of the design.”

Here’s the space Sue had to work with, and the first part of the installation:

Start of a bespoke child's bedroom storage project“We’d used Jali twice before to make custom bookcases and cabinets for our master bedroom and living room alcoves, so it was the first place that sprung to mind when I needed another custom bookcase. I noticed that there were various new options available since the last time I’d ordered and it took me a little while of playing around with the designer app before I came up with a solution that looked perfect for our space.

What I love about Jali is that every single measurement is customisable, from the depth of a shelf to the height of a skirting board, and I can play around at will and save as many versions of the design as I want, before finalising.

In a tight place…

Stage 2 of a bespoke Jali child's bedroom storage projectI needed the unit to squeeze neatly into a tight space behind a door frame, without any gaps and without losing a single mm of shelving space. (You know you live in a spatially challenged residence when you find yourself haggling over a millimetre!) Before placing the order I phoned the Jali helpdesk to ask someone to sanity-check my design and that proved to be really helpful, as Mark was incredibly patient and gave me a couple of ideas for minor tweaks that would give me a few more mm of shelf space here and there.

In the end I placed an order for three separate parts: a wall-to-wall bookcase unit and two sets of flexi-shelves to stand above it, on either side of the window. Once it was all assembled and painted it looked like a single built-in unit and we were very impressed!

The measurements turned out absolutely perfect. As a finishing touch I made a foam seat cushion for the window seat, which used up some lovely map fabric I’d been hoarding and tacked up some fairy lights… and of course added all of the books! The kids have been enjoying rediscovering books that they found hard to access previously.”

bookcase_1blogHey presto!

Amy from Jali spoke for us all when she told Sue that her photographs were “wonderful and you are a STAR mum. The whole team is really impressed and think your children are very lucky.” Children’s bedroom storage can be a real headache – too ‘twee’ and children will quickly grow out of it; too ‘on-trend’ and they won’t feel it’s really been done for them.

bookcase_2blogI think Sue has got it absolutely, down-to-the-last-millimetre right – I totally understand her desire to use every bit of her limited space. Her photo, above, clearly shows the limitations of door frame, right, and dormer window space, left. (And l love her joy at finding the perfect use for hoarded fabric – for example, I have a roll of French 1920s apricot colour, silk-velvet ribbon I am definitely now going to use this Christmas).

bookcase_3And talking of Christmas, a word of advice to help avoid that last-minute panic. If you need your Jali furniture to be delivered before Christmas, please make sure you order by 5.30 on Friday 2 December, for delivery by 22 December.

-Annie

See fretwork in a whole new light!

We’re delighted to pass on a new way to use fretwork, discovered by our clever customer Jenny. She ordered a panel in pattern 2172 and placed it above a doorway, to create a beautiful version of a transom light. As it lacks the glass of a traditional transom, it’s not suitable for use on exterior doors, but for interior use it’s perfect. It (obviously) lets in the light from the next room, is easy to install and provides a real wow factor at very little cost.

Jali bespoke fretwork panelJenny multiplied the delight by using the same pattern, 2172, in her wardrobe doors (below). At Jali, we totally approve this decision. It chimes with the ‘Fusion’ trend that we’ve covered in blogs before, here and here, and gives you a really easy, budget conscious way to create a fresh and eclectic look.

Now, as we’re all too aware, it’s one thing spotting something that you really like the look of, but quite another trying to make it part of your actual home furnishings without huge amounts of effort and expense. And what happens if you order online and things go wrong?

Jali bespoke fretwork doorsSo I’ll let Jenny describe her experience.  “As you already know, I am thrilled with the results now the doors have been fitted (above), but would also like to say how pleased I have been with the customer service and would not hesitate to recommend your company to others.

The doors have greatly improved the appearance of my room and complement the existing decor perfectly, so well done Jali!”

What can we say except thank you, Jenny, for the photos and the recommendation – and the brilliant new way to use our fretwork

-Annie