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Get inspired with these stunning custom joinery designs for your home

A bespoke joinery is a great investment that adds value to your home. It enhances your space both aesthetically and functionally.

Having custom joinery tailored to your home’s design and your family’s needs is a great way to add storage without having to choose between aesthetics and function.

The combination of cut-above-the-rest craftsmanship, top-quality materials, and the unparalleled bespoke design that matches your personality and lifestyle make custom joinery a more attractive alternative to ready-made furnishings. Whether it’s a custom living room joinery or an in-built home-office area, the delicate woodwork from custom joinery can add value to your space.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at multiple custom-made built-in joinery designs in various parts of the house so you can see how it improves the space. Get inspired and start planning your joinery’s form, materiality, and functionality with expert Australian woodworkers and custom furniture makers!

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Kitchen joinery

We have two contemporary built-in kitchens examples and both have the perfect balance of open and concealed storage.

What we love about this kitchen:

  • There are strong geometric elements and the kitchen’s muted colour palette makes all the lines and angles subtly in the eyes.
  • Designers used a wide range of materials, finishes and colours.
  • It’s slim and space-efficient.
  • The absence of handles keeps it clean and modern-looking.
  • There’s no need for a dining table because the built-in joinery includes a multi-functional table used for eating, food preparation, and entertainment.
black kitchen joinery
image credit: Poliform Australia
yellow and grey kitchen custom joinery
image credit: MW Architects

What we love about this kitchen:

  • The bespoke cabinet joinery design that runs from the kitchen up to the second floor where it becomes a bookshelf.
  • Cabinets have spray-lacquered MDF fronts. Colours of the cabinet fronts to differentiate spaces.
  • It’s made of plywood, a building material that’s readily available.
all white and timber kitchen joinery
image credit: nordzco

What we love about this kitchen:

  • White and light timber gives a pleasantly comfortable and cozy ambience
  • High-gloss cabinets give a contemporary style
  • Beach-style wood splashback warms up and soothens the space

Living room joinery

These built-in joinery designs address the most common problem of homeowners in the living room: hiding clutter and unneeded items.

living room joinery with brick design
image credit: Downie North Architects

For instance, the large living room above is a hub of family and friendly gatherings. The homeowner surely doesn’t want everyone to see how cluttered the cords, gadgets, and their collections of Blu-ray DVDs.

Why we love this design:

  • Cupboards look like a white panel over a brick wall.
  • It conceals the TV and entertainment players. It keeps the messed up wires out of sight.
  • We love the idea that it shows you the homeowner’s books. It’s stored in a black open shelving under the cupboards. It’s painted black to further accentuate the cupboards above it.
This idea is quite the opposite of the one above. As you can see, the built-in joinery is designed to hide storage around the TV.
small joinery with storage surrounding the TV
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Why we like this design:

  • There’s plenty of storage space behind the doors.
  • It makes the TV blend into the room better.
  • Great idea for bedrooms and tiny apartments.
light timber living room joinery with small fireplace
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Why we like this design:

  • It has a space for a built-in fireplace 
  • It has an elevated design
  • The open-shelving design keeps the living area spacious 
  • A great alternative to a wall for creating separates zone within a space instead rather than a wall

Lounge joinery

Joinery isn’t limited to storage. It can serve other purposes too! Just look how magnificent this daybed is!

lounge area bespoke joinery used as storage and bench
Source: BG Architecture

Why we like this design:

  • It’s versatile — it’s a daybed, window seat, reading nook, and storage.
  • Drawers are right under the cushions, completely hidden because it doesn’t have handles.
  • It has a large seating capacity, perfect for friendly meetings or your “me” time.
Handkrafted Australia custom-made living room joinery
image credit: Handkrafted

Why we like this design: 

  • This lounge area custom joinery from Handkrafted is a multi-purpose furniture that extends widely throughout the entire room – making it the focal point of the area
  • Light timber colour gives a homey ambience
  • Has many storages spaces (both open shelving and closed cabinets) ideal for displaying decor, books, and hiding personal items
  • Handle-free cabinets give a sleek-slash-modern look


Home theatre joinery

Homeowners who live in large houses sometimes renovate their extra rooms into mini theatres. Aside from ensuring quality entertainment, you should consider a custom-built joinery around the screen. You can put display items or store a huge collection of films in there.

home cinema joinery
Home theater with wine tasting room, big screen, wood cabinets

Why we like this design:

  • There’s enough storage around the movie screen.
  • It’s right next to a small winery.
home theatre with curved built-in joinery
Image credit: LetsRenovate

Why we like this design:

  • The built-in joinery around the screen is dark and has a smooth finish. It looks modern and timeless
  • This place fits as a man cave.
basement home cinema custom joinery
image credit: Kensington Mews Basement Home Cinema Installation

Why we like this design:

  • The design is compact and comprehensive for such a small room – it has spaces for a fireplace, open shelves, a TV, and speakers
  • Dark and light tones goes well with each other (gives a laid-back homey vibe)

Home office joinery

More homes have a dedicated study as people start to embrace the remote working lifestyle.

home office with black joinery
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Why we like this design:

  • It looks like a professional home office
  • The built-in storage allows you to put everything in its place. All your things are ready in case you need it for reference

While some enjoy an office that doesn’t look far from a corporate office, some like it simple. Here’s an office space hidden inside tall cupboards. You’ll only need to close the doors once work hours are over.

image credit: Dan Preston

Why we like this design:

  • You can do this in small apartment spaces. It’s also a good way to squeeze in the office in the bedroom or the living area.
  • You can close the home-office set-up since it’s inside a cabinet.
  • The built-in joinery hides all the stress from you once work is done.

Room dividers

Built-in joinery is not always relegated to a wall. It can pose as a wall divider too. The designers of these spaces built a storage divider which separates the living area from the private rooms of the house.

living room with joinery
image credit: Gorta Yuuki

We love the open-plan format. If the joinery doesn’t double as a divider, make it the focal point of the room. In this apartment unit, the cleverly designed storage gave the living room a luxurious appeal.

room divider light timber joinery
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Why we like these spaces:

  • There’s no need to build a wall to divide spaces.
  • The divider doubles as storage.


Bedroom Joinery

Apart from walk-in wardrobes, there are other ways to include custom joinery in your bedroom.
For instance, the recessed open shelf above the bed is considered as a joinery too. You put a few, important display items here. 

small bedroom yellow and light timber custom-made joinery

Why we like this design:

  • Space-saving design for a small bedroom that needs extra storage
  • Perfect for kids, teens, and young adults
  • Minimal and on-trend drill holes on cabinets instead of handles
modern bedroom with white and light timber custom joinery
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Why we like this design:

  • The headboard used is a part of the joinery, saving space
  • Minimalist white cabinet joinery that makes the small room feel spacious

Final thoughts

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