Shelf control: how to maximise your storage space

Making the very best use of every inch of space: it’s what all of us super-keen storage seekers are looking for. Yes, we want our furniture to look good, but it’s what is on the inside that really counts. It’s the difference between “Meh…” and magnificent, something that is so much more than a compromise or a “second-best” answer to the problem.

Let’s face it, with ready-made furniture, you’re usually stuck with what the manufacturer has decided on. So the interior layout, the number and position of shelves and compartments, isn’t up to us, the customer, or necessarily suits our needs. There are, of course, units with adjustable shelves. But honestly, how many of us actually bother to change them, once we’ve loaded them up with books and other items?

2H8A0105a_750 But with Jali, it’s a whole different story. (Or space odyssey. But without the Neanderthals or the psychedelic special effects. Although we do have the robots… )

Jali bespoke cupboardOur brilliant online Designer lets you customise to your heart’s content. Your home and everything in it is unique, so why put up with storage that only comes in standard sizes?

For example, with our Flexi shelves, you can start with one of our design examples, then change all the sections and shelves to suit your display and storage needs exactly.

Measure your books, files and boxes, so you know they will fit. Add sections and shelves. Take them away again.

Change the height, width and depth. And you can take as long as you need to get it right, with no pushy salespeople or pressure on you to make a decision.

You can change the height and number of shelves in our cupboards and bookcases too. And as for our wonderful wardrobes, there’s a world of possibilities awaiting you, your tape-measure and your PC. So go for it. You won’t believe the difference it will make – just Jali, and a whole lot of shelf control, under your control…


Use fabulous fretwork for wonderful weddings!

front-summer-coverIt’s marriage season! And surely there is nothing to match the sumptuous spectacle and splendour of an Asian wedding.

 Khush is a luxury, UK-based Asian wedding magazine, providing inspiration, ideas and sources for everything needed for the perfect Big Day. When the editor was looking for backdrops for a bridal beauty feature recently, he came to Jali.

And our beautiful fretwork panels, in pattern 2172, did the job perfectly. The summer edition of the magazine is available online at but we’ve had a sneak preview of the results – and they’re gorgeous!

Khush magazine spread showing Jali fretworkAnd this is another double-page spread from the same issue:

Khush magazine spread showing Jali fretworkWedding designers are also using our fretwork to create arches and other decorative structures, to make this summer’s ceremonies even more special and memorable. One customer is using 10 panels of the design below, in pattern 2152, to create an outdoor arbour for a midsummer wedding:

Jali fretwork panel in pattern 2152As it’s just for one day (and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for balmy weather!) our moisture resistant MDF will be just fine outdoors. You could also use a similar structure inside, of course.

In fact, with all this talk of nuptials and customers ordering panels and telling us their plans, the Jali team has been playing around with more ideas for using fretwork. Amy suggests using a fretwork panel as an alternative either to a long tablecloth hiding the front of the top table or the kind of ruched or swagged ‘pelme’t effect that is often used by caterers. Think of the kind of ‘modesty panel’ you often find in office desks, but a lacy and decorative version. Add some tiny LED lights and flowers and it would look absolutely gorgeous…

Yes, at Jali we’re a bunch of romantics at heart. It’s lovely to play even a small part in people’s big events, so if you have an idea that you think we can help with, please don’t hesitate to contact us



Dream bedroom furniture, for real life

Jali bespokje wardrobe and drawer unitIn turbulent times, a peaceful refuge from the fray begins to feel like a necessity, not a luxury. Whatever’s going on in the outside world (and, as I’m writing this, that’s quite a lot) it’s good to have a serene and soothing space to retreat to. Yes, we’re talking dream bedroom furniture here – but with a sound, practical side too.

Imagine somewhere designed to help you relax, make getting dressed a delight and, finally, recharge your batteries by sleeping like an angel…

Sounds inviting? Creating a calm but welcoming bedroom with lots of storage space and beautiful proportions is easier than you think. And with Jali, of course, you get all the advantages of bespoke, built-in (as above) or freestanding (as below) furniture without all the hassle and expense.

Jali bespoke drawer unitJali’s wardrobe Designer is a great place to start your bedroom transformation. Once you’ve worked out how much room you have, you can decide how many ‘boxes’ or sections you can include. Each ‘box’ can have a different combination of shelving, compartments and hanging space. And for extra-streamlined storage, you can also design drawer units, with standard drawers, to fit snugly inside the sections. (For soft-close drawers, please contact us for details.)

And don’t forget the Jali Designer lets you create wardrobes that are free-standing, fitted against a side wall or between two walls, or around an inside or outside corner. You can even design yours to go around three sides, by using separate adjoining wardrobe designs. However, do remember to allow enough room for the doors to open. A brilliant way to turn a spare room, if you’re lucky enough to have one, into a fabulous dressing room?

To go back to those doors,  it’s worth taking the trouble to make sure they will match up with your plans for the overall look of the finished room, as you will probably spend more time looking at them than at the inside (although our interiors are beautifully made too!). For a traditional look, doors can be inset (leaving an upright or ‘stile’ between them. Or they can be overlaid (like most modern kitchen cabinets). You’ll find lots more explanation and help in planning and designing on the wardrobe pages of our website.

The ideal height, width and depth for bedside drawers or chests? No problem. An end-of-bed storage unit? Ditto. Jali’s unique online design tools make it easy to achieve millimetre-perfect, stylish furniture. So make 2016 the year your dream bedroom – your beautiful, personal space, your refuge and sanctuary – becomes a reality. After all, it doesn’t look as though the times are going to get less interesting any time soon…



Get designing, and avoid those year–end queue blues!

We’re always amazed and thrilled to see what our clever customers are designing with Jali. Some of you launch several ambitious projects at the same time (go you!) and really impress us – not to mention friends and family – with what you achieve with our products.

I revealed a couple of great projects a while ago, but the same customer had another spectacular result to show us. And it’s this:

Jali bespoke cupboardA window seat with a secret: built-in storage accessed by the series of neat double doors on the front. So how was it done? Firstly, our customer designed a long, slender cupboard using the Jali Designer. It obviously needed to be of limited depth because of the shape of the window bay.

A semicircular wooden top was then fitted, with appropriate supports, against the wall and above the cupboard to provide a seat base. In this case, our customer provided his own, but you could design something similar using our custom MDF shapes.

Jali bespoke cupboardJali bespoke cupboards in alcove and as part of wndow seatIn the photo on the left you can see the end of the cupboard on the right, showing just how shallow its depth had to be to fit snugly into the semicircular bay.

This project, along with the others this customer has completed, shows really well what can be achieved with imagination, planning and the brilliant Jali design process.

So if this has given you ideas, and you think you can solve your own storage and design problems with Jali, it’s time to get cracking.

We do get very busy towards the end of the year, so why not use these longer, lighter days for thinking, planning, designing and ordering?

You’ll jump those annoying end-of-year queues that often mean longer waiting times for manufacture and delivery.

And you’ll feel organised, in control and fully prepared to welcome visitors for the festivities – and to receive all those compliments on your cleverness and great taste!



Decorative shutters, as seen on TV…

We didn’t know quite what to expect. Yes, we knew some of our decorative shutters would feature on last week’s episode of George Clarke’s Old House, New Home on Channel 4. If you missed it, it’s Episode 4, Leicester and Brixton, and available here. After all, we’d made them to order for the programme. But the production company had, cannily, kept all the other details under wraps, so we had no idea how or where they would be used.

George Clarke's Old House, New Home, Channel 4So we watched the show on tenterhooks – we prefer them to chairs – but boy, were we delighted! Our shutters, used in a Victorian terrace in Brixton, looked fabulous, the “Before’ and “After’ footage was a genuinely amazing contrast, and there was lots of inspiration for those of us living in older properties.

Jali bespoke shutters in George Clarke's Old House, New Home, Channel 4The production is following homeowners across the country, helping them re-design the interiors of their period homes to create contemporary spaces with a real “Wow” factor, whilst incorporating key elements of the original style. George Clarke is advising them on everything from fireplaces to fabrics and flooring to furniture.

Jali bespoke shutters in George Clarke's Old House, New Home, Channel 4The production team’s aim is “to dazzle both the homeowner and the viewers with inspirational interiors”. No need for tenterhooks in your case, people – I think you’ve done us all proud… And please let us know if you need some Jali makeover magic in the future…