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 £1000 per alcove, fabricated in MDF and fitted, supplied primed and with an option to paint 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.