Gorgeous storage that ticks all your boxes!

Fancy a beautiful and practical piece of furniture in real wood veneer? Steve did, and this lovely cupboard is the result. Gorgeous storage indeed – stunning to look at, with the capacity to swallow heaps of stuff – and then some…

Jali bespoke radiator cover and real oak veneer cupboard And we were delighted to see that Steve has also designed a Jali radiator cover, so obviously has impeccable taste. Go Steve!

So if you too have bags and boxes bulging with items that desperately need a home of their own, this is what to do.

First, decide whether you just need more cupboard space, or if drawers on their own would be the best solution. You’ll find separate cupboards and drawer units on our products page. You can choose the width, depth and height of the unit, as well as the number and position of shelves or drawers. And you can opt for a piece with a plinth, as below, or without one.

Jali bespoke radiator cover and real oak veneer cupboard As for looks, cupboards and drawer units are available in oak or walnut real wood veneers, as well as primed or top-coated paint finishes.  So you really are spoilt for choice, which is just as it should be.

To make designing easier, there’s a very useful ‘Spacing’ button on the drawer unit Designer. Once you’ve put in your dimensions, just use the button to automatically create graduated drawers. Change the unit height and the drawer heights change in proportion – nifty!

Conventional drawers come as standard, but if you’d like soft-close versions, design and save your unit, then contact us for pricing information.

Jali bespoke radiator cover and real oak veneer cupboardIf you’d prefer a combination of cupboards and soft-close drawers, even shelving, use our brilliant dresser Designer to make your dream of deluxe storage come true. If you’re planning a media unit, you can specify cut-outs for cords and cables. And of course, you can easily ensure that your unit fits snugly into alcoves or against walls, for the ultimate in bespoke beauty.

So if you’d love a more organised autumn, try a little cupboard love; take a break from the sunny great outdoors this bank holiday weekend and get designing. Never mind just ticking those boxes – you’ll be able to take them to the recycling with a clear conscience and a happy heart: result!


Our new furniture showroom is now open!

At Jali we’ve been busy making ourselves some new furniture for our brand-new roomsets, in our totally-transformed showroom. Yes, we’ve taken our own advice and decluttered, designed and done ourselves proud (in a modest way, of course!)

Jali bespoke furniture in our showroomWe have some more changes up our sleeve, but the showroom is, in my humble opinion, a genuine show-stopper. Helen, our Operations Director, led the rest of the brilliant Jali team in the renovation but also got well stuck in herself with paintbrushes, rollers and a lot of hard graft.

Jali bespoke alcove unit in our showroomSo here’s a taste of what is waiting for you if you decide to pay us a visit – and we really hope you will. There is only so much photography can do to show how fabulous this furniture really is. I took these quick shots earlier this week, but a professional shoot is in the diary.

Jali bespoke Flexi shelving and shutters in our showroomNow it’s finished, the showroom is the perfect way to experience the full Jali effect; the quality, construction, appearance and overall impact of our products often takes people by surprise. (In fact, in the pre-makeover showroom, I remember a friend coming in after I’d recommended a visit, and her jaw literally dropped when she saw our furniture “for real”. She was so impressed she designed and ordered a large bookcase then and there.)

Contact us for the address, directions and to confirm opening times, which are normally Monday-Friday between 9 and 5.30, except for Bank Holidays and around Christmas. Have a look at at our products page, then bring your measurements with you and you too can design and order your very own pieces on the spot! We look forward to seeing you soon…


From messy to marvellous – a customer makes magic with Jali!

This week, I’d like to introduce you to a very clever customer, John. Not only has he found transformed an alcove using three different Jali products, he also sent us a detailed account of the process, complete with photos. It’s a journey from messy, cluttered dumping-ground to chic, stylish built-in storage, and he shows us exactly how it was done. What a star! Here’s the whole story in John’s own words – I’ve just added a few comments in square brackets.

20150116_101824_350Stage 1 – the alcove, still showing the outline of the old shelving – less than half the depth… the plinth at the bottom covers the heating pipes – that’s how they used to do it – or so I was told.

The old shelves just got filled up with books, dvds and various bits and pieces, such a mess that I never bothered to take a picture of all that clutter – but it finally had to go.

Overall size WxHxD is 4’ 10” x 7’6” x 18” deep (based on the plinth).

1. Cupboard, 4 doors, with an internal shelf (but one side is sacrificed to hold a small filing cabinet – that specified the height and depth of the cupboard)

2. Drawer unit 2 x 2 – wide drawers 27” wide by 7” high

3. Flexi shelving to fill up most of the rest of the space up to the ceiling – almost, left a gap for the coving, and somewhere to lose some odd bits and pieces would be handy.

Jali cupboard carcase goes inStage 2 – the carcase for the cupboards goes into place [above] – the shelf on the left hand side was ignored as this is where the filing cabinet is going to hide.

20150116_112207And another view [above], showing the box for the internet getting in the way – had to lift the carcase over this – and this is where you find out how heavy this stuff really is. ☹

[Yes, John did add that unsmiley face – I can understand why, but it also shows how well-made and high-quality our furniture is. I remember helping a friend to assemble a Jali bookcase – he was particularly surprised at how substantial the back was, unlike that of a bookcase from a well-known Scandinavian company, which he described as being “like a sheet of paper.” ☺ ]

Stage 3 – the carcase for the drawer unit goes in.

Jali drawer unit and cupboard carcaseMaybe I should have moved the sofa out of the way – and the mirror !

Jali drawer unit and cupboard carcaseDoors and drawers are all fitted in:

Jali cupboard and drawer unitYes – I know there’s a handle missing, this was replaced by post in a couple of days, the first one had a fault in the finishing. Thanks Jali for the speedy replacement. [You’re very welcome John! We do try to get replacements out as fast as we possibly can.]

20150116_151510Final step, add the Flexi-shelving:

20150116_163435_750And the map of the world (from my old office) has found a new home, very conveniently covering up the marks on the wall from the original shelving, which I had neglected to cover up.

And finally – the full completed article. The carpet was the next thing to go!

Jali cupboard, drawer unit and Flexi-shelvingThe End

[Well, what more can I say, except to thank John warmly for his time, effort and generosity in showing us what is possible with some inspiration, imagination and a dash of DIY derring-do. So what are we all waiting for – future Jali projects, here we come!]


Radiator covers – making it modern!

If you thought radiator covers were just for traditional room settings – think again! At Jali, we’re currently having a showroom makeover, and have just created radiator cabinets, plus some chic shutters, to finish a light, bright, modern room in appropriate, uncluttered style.

Jali bespoke radiator covers and decorative shuttersWith this front grille pattern, the Jali Designer gives you a choice of vertical or horizontal bars for your cover. And you can pick different styles for top and base, depending on the look you prefer. On our Radiator Cabinets page, no. D52825 has the same design as the cabinets in our photos (above and below), with a square-cut top vent and matching skirting at the base. Here’s a shortcut to this design; click the ‘Customise’ button to get going straight away!

Jali bespoke radiator coverHowever, using the Jali Designer you can easily change the square-cut base for one with curves – just use the ‘Skirting’ button. Now for the top vent: choosing an Ethnic or Classic upright on the Jali Designer will change the shape to one with curved ends, to echo the skirting at the base.

However, for a modern interior you may prefer plain uprights, but still want a curved vent. If so, just contact us and we’ll make the change at our end, then send you a drawing so you can see exactly what the final design will look like. The photo below shows a scooped top vent and skirting, plus the horizontal version of the grille:

Jali bespoke radiator cabinetAs well as looking great in contemporary interiors, this is a brilliant addition to Art Deco style schemes – just use the ‘Grille’ button in the Jali Designer to pick pattern 7692. And, of course, you can choose a top-coated finish (again, just contact us) as well as priming, oak or walnut veneer. And who would believe it was so simple: measure, design, order, assemble. Now there really is no excuse for a less-than-lovely room, whatever your style preference. Modern or moderne, 21st century or 1920s: too terribly chic, darlings – cheers!