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…


Storage space for the presents – and future!

It was so nice to end the year with some good news in the headlines for a change. The Paris climate change deal and the safe arrival of Major Tim Peake on the International Space Station made all of us at Jali especially happy.

When it comes to eco-responsibility, we’ve been championing the need for sustainable materials and manufacturing methods since Jali was founded in 1990 – and we’ve been putting our principles into practice ever since.

astronaut_ice-creamAnd we’re always excited by advances in technology and science – our lovely designer/programmer Jim even spent part of his summer holidays at NASA.

He brought back some inventive and intriguing presents for the team – I got a tube of astronaut ice-cream (left) developed for the Apollo missions, of which more later…

Of course, I don’t need to remind you that another holiday is about to, er, launch itself upon us.

If you’re totally organised and on it – cards posted, lists ticked off, all presents bought and wrapped, menus planned and comestibles purchased – congratulations. Go to the top of the tree. Because, quite frankly, all you have to do now is sparkle.

On the other hand, if you’re not there yet, I’m in your gang. We’ll be fine, honestly. Perfection is such an overrated word…

Anyway, when it’s all over, or if you need some respite from all the mayhem and merriment, our website is open and working all through the holiday.And, if you’re lucky, you may need extra space for all those gorgeous presents you’ve been dropping hints about…

So you can take a good look at those awkward or under-performing areas around the house, have a think and a measure, browse through our products and decide which of them would give you the best storage capacity and style pizzazz for your space.

For example, a wall between two windows, for which a standard size bookcase would be either too wide or too narrow:

Jali bespoke bookcase, from screen to realityPerfection! (Yes, I know I just said it was an overrated word, but there are exceptions.)

If you have any questions, or have an idea for putting several Jali products together to solve a storage problem, contact us via the website over the break – the office closes for the holidays at 5.30pm on Friday 18th December, or call us on 01227 833333 when we’re back, on Monday 4th January.

And don’t forget that you can still place orders via the website over the break; it means you’ll also be first in the queue when we return in the New Year!

In the meantime, thank you so much for your custom over the last year, and for sending us feedback and photos of your projects; it’s fantastic to see what you’ve created. And it’s a real privilege and joy for us to make furniture that goes right into your homes and becomes part of your lives…

The ice-cream of heroes

Oh, I nearly forgot – that astronaut ice-cream. Well, itastronaut_ice-cream was… interesting.

Flavour: Neapolitan (allegedly). Texture: little balls, looking a bit like the polystyrene packing material that you find in parcels. Crunches if you bite it (not usually a feature of ice-cream.)

Not cold (also an unusual feature) but it’s apparently real ice-cream, freeze-dried into tiny drops, so it could be sent on long-haul spaceflights, such as to the Moon, and to reduce the weight of the water and oxygen normally found in food. Sweet, does melt in the mouth. Nothing crackles or fizzes.

Yes, it may be ice-cream, Jim, but not as we know it. And one question still nags at me: in zero gravity, wouldn’t all those tiny ice-cream balls go floating about the cabin? And rounding up that lot up would make the average post-Christmas lunch clear-up look like a piece of (Christmas) cake…

However you’re spending it, have a wonderful holiday!

A very merry Christmas from all of us at Jali!