Architect & Designer Commissions

With a wide range of experience and a high standard of craftsmanship, Handcraft Furnishings is able to offer a quality production service to Interior Designers and Architects across Ireland.

The service includes the manufacture of fitted and free-standing furniture, bespoke kitchens and residential or business fit-outs.

The scope offered by this service can help create interesting and functional spaces, and provide exclusive furniture appropriate for the interior design which could not be sourced conventionally.

Handcraft Furnishings can accurately work to a furniture, fittings and finishes specification compiled by the architect or interior designer, to provide the realisation of the design as it was originally visualised.

Under the instruction from the interior designer, the Handcraft Furnishings cabinet makers will skillfully create the bespoke furniture as agreed at the order stage, with the dimensions, materials, woods, colours and finishes specified by the designer.

For a smooth production process and exact cost estimate, it is important that all specifications are agreed before the actual production commences.

Handcraft Furnishings can also apply their practical skill and knowledge to provide a technical overview on the production of the supplied creative design.

They can advise on the construction, selection of woods or which finishes work with which materials, and liaise with the designer to overcome any problems that may arise before they even occur.

Types of Projects

Handcraft Furnishings can produce both freestanding and fitted handmade furniture in a range of styles to suit your custom design.

Popular styles include:-

  • Modern
  • Contemporary
  • Traditional
  • Classic
  • Country
  • Heritage
  • Antique/vintage reproductions

Restoration projects are also undertaken, and solid wood pieces can be aged or distressed to matching existing furniture or fit into a period style.

For creating practical and functional spaces, Handcraft Furnishings is able to painstakingly craft and fit-out full rooms like:-

  • Offices
  • Libraries
  • Bedrooms
  • Designer kitchens

or smaller stand-alone projects including:-

  • Wardrobes
  • Tallboys
  • Bedside lockers
  • Chests of drawers
  • Shelving units
  • Display cabinets
  • Tables & chairs

Handcraft's consistent attention to detail extends throughout features like:-

  • Custom spindle mouldings
  • Curved doors
  • Radiator covers
  • Windowseats
  • Pocket sliding doors
  • Secret library doors
  • Architectural woodwork

Materials & Finishes

Handcraft Furnishings can faithfully manufacture your interior design in a wide range of materials, using traditional methods and craftsmanship.

Handcraft Furnishings can use both hardwoods, for the wide range of interesting colours, quality and grain patterns, and softwoods to match and complement existing joinery like doors, stairs and flooring.

These woods include:-

  • Oak
  • Pippy Oak
  • Walnut
  • Mahogany
  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Beech
  • Chestnut
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Sycamore
  • Birch
  • American Pines

Sheet materials such as engineered boards and high quality birch plywood can be used for cabinet making in both in-frame and frameless designs.

Luxurious finishes can be created by using exotic book-matched veneers on top of solid wood or inlaid designs and marquetry.

Specialist veneers include:-

  • Walnut Burr
  • Vavona Burr
  • Oak Burr
  • Ebony Macassar
  • Wenge
  • Zebrano
  • Rosewood
  • Sycamore
  • Bog Oak
  • Yew

To contrast with the wood as accent elements, metals can be added in the form of:-

  • Stainless steel feet & table legs
  • Polished steel inlays
  • Polished copper details with a hammered or distressed finish

Glass can be incorporated as:-

  • Shelves
  • Glazed panels
  • Partitions

Glass can also be cut and polished in frosted, opal, coloured, obscured, tinted or mirrored styles to suit each design.

Handcraft have a range of finishes available for interior design commissions including:-

  • Hand-painting or spray-painting to a chosen colour
  • Oiling by hand
  • French polishing
  • Lacquering in polyurethane, heat-resistant, or low sheen spray polish at Handcraft's in-house spraying facility

Paints and colours can be specified using:-

  • BS4800 range
  • RAL numbers
  • Farrow & Ball
  • Colortrend
  • Dulux charts

Handcraft Furnishings can arrange a fabric upholstery service for chairs, stools, benches and window seats, or source and supply specialist elements to be featured in the finished design.

These might include:-

  • Faux books for libraries
  • Antique reproduction handles & hinges
  • Bevelled mirrors
  • Felt inserts
  • Key & escutcheon locks

For contemporary designs Handcraft can source modern equipment such as:-

  • Handleless mechanisms for cabinets
  • Rise and fall systems
  • Motorised cabinets
  • Integrated LED lighting

Production & Installation

After the design and order stages of a Handcraft Furnishings interior design commission are agreed, production commences at their four thousand square foot workshop in Tubbercurry, County Sligo.

In addition to years of experience and high quality craftsmanship, Handcraft Furnishings also pride themselves on their large equipped workshop and the capacity to handle a wide range of specialist production.

Handcraft’s equipment includes:-

  • In-house veneer press
  • Veneer stitcher
  • CNC overhead router
  • CNC boring machine
  • Six-head moulding machine
  • Spindle moulders
  • Solid wood edge bander
  • Spray booth facility with airless spray systems for paint and lacquer

The handmade pieces are then crafted to plan, pre-assembled in the workshop, disassembled and then fitted in-situ at the business or residential premises.

The fitting stage can be organised at the client’s convenience in order to minimise disruption.

Regular updates on the production process can be provided to the client by sending progress photographs via email if requested.

Handcraft Furnishings will travel anywhere in Ireland for interior design and architectural commissions and have previously undertaken work in the United Kingdom.

Interior design commissions fitted in other parts of Europe are also considered if the available budget permits.

Quotations & Payment

Handcraft Furnishings can provide detailed costings based on interior design drawings or fittings & finishes specifications supplied, and are provided as fully itemised written quotations.

Payment can be made either directly from the client or through a third party like the interior designer, architect or project manager, with a 50% deposit required to secure the order.

For larger projects the balance may be broken down into staged payments to be settled as the job progresses.