ALCOVE UNITS typically fill the spaces either side of the chimney breasts of the largely Victorian housing stock in London, and usually consist of a low cupboard with a bookcase above, extending to below the ceiling or picture rail if fitted. Styles can vary from traditional with fluted face-frames and moulded panel doors, to relentlessly modern with clean lines, flush doors and chunky shelves - or anything in between.

The beauty of bespoke furniture is that you can have anything you want - budgets willing, of course. A typical alcove unit of the type shown at right costs in the region of £1200 per alcove, fabricated in MRMDF and fitted, with an option to spray paint (~£600) if required. Panel doors, chunky or adjustable shelves, drawers etc.. will all increase the overall cost, and alcoves that are wider than 1200mm will need shelves with a central divider, or be reinforced with a steel section if they are to bear significant weight.