Floor to ceiling shelving handmade to fit alcove perfectly

Maximising space with floor to ceiling shelving

We recently completed a commission for a client who was looking to maximise the storage space within a recessed area in their living room. The brief was to design shelving to blend seamlessly into the structure of the room, reflecting the neutral colour scheme. The shelves needed to provide the perfect backdrop on which to showcase the clients collection of books, vinyl records and sheet music.

The client had been using a freestanding piece of furniture, however this did not maximise the space in the alcove or provide sufficient storage space.

Bespoke shelving for records and sheet music

Our starting point was to design the shelving around the dimensions of the key items it would house. These dimensions were then used to define the three equal bays of shelving with four shelves in each bay plus a bottom shelf. 


Shelving during construction in our workshop


Designed to fit the alcove space perfectly, the shelving stretched floor to ceiling and wall to wall within the alcove fitting flush at each junction. It was essential from a safety perspective that the shelving was fitted securely to the walls.  We also fitted batons to the wall to give strength to the carcass and to avoid sagging of the shelves.

Finished with skirting board along the base and painted in white to match the surrounding walls, you can see in the image below how the shelving seamlessly fits into the structure of the room.


Shelving once fitted into the alcove space


Shelving with clients collection of vinyl records and sheet music in place


What the client had to say

We were pleased to hear that our client was delighted with the final result telling us,

“I wanted to say what a triumph the shelving is. It has completely transformed the sitting room. We absolutely love it! It is beautifully fitted. Mark has done an outstanding job interpreting the brief. I could go on but it would just be more of the same! So please pass this message on to him and all who contributed. And thanks to you, Alison, for your always speedy and informative emails!”



Do you have a space you’re not sure how best to utilise? If you’d like to maximise your storage space or make a feature of a space in your home, contact us and we can design and craft a bespoke solution for you.

Telephone:Office: 01296 706030

Email:  mark@markwilliamsonfurniture.com

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