Design Ideas for Bespoke Media Units

Design Ideas for Bespoke Media Units

As a central part of our homes, living rooms and kitchens are places where we gather, spend time and connect with our friends and families – sometimes around a movie, or warming our feet on a beautifully cosy fire.

One of the in-demand projects for the Pinnacle Works team this season has been designing bespoke media units, incorporating quality carpentry and exceptional finishes to bring a unique design feature to your most-used spaces.

Let us present some of the popular designs we’ve worked on and explore the advantages of making the most of your space with an attractive centrepiece that is highly functional.

The Benefits of Commissioning a Bespoke Media Unit

TV screens are slimmer, bigger and more technologically advanced than ever – but many of our clients don’t find their appliances the most aesthetic of units to hang on the wall.

A tailored media unit is a fantastic way to:

  • Construct a sophisticated system that incorporates shelving, storage, your TV unit, gaming consoles, routers, and streaming boxes.
  • Hide unsightly cables with in-built plug ports and invisible wiring.
  • Create the perfect ambience with niche lighting embedded into nooks and recesses in your media unit.

Whether you’re keen on a realistic electric fireplace or wish to reconfigure a dated mantelpiece, a range of modern materials, stunning hardwood timbers, and skilled carpentry can achieve any style aspiration.

Design Inspiration for Media Centres and Built-in Fires

There are countless options from sleek, Scandinavian pale wood, gloss finishes, textured shelving or ultra-modern lighting systems. Pinnacle projects have involved creating statement entertainment walls as a home cinema system or building slimline cabinets to free up extra floor space.

Some of our favourite media centre concepts include:

  • Scandi designs using bright finishes, minimalistic white and cream shades for simplicity and functionality.
  • Repurposing false chimney breasts to create dedicated entertainment units with built-in electric fires using a previously empty part of the wall.
  • Refined fireplaces, with a faux or electrical fire encased in traditional timbers, in a period style to replicate the heritage appeal of an older property.

Many contemporary TV units are wall-mounted, but the trailing wires, bulky edges and contrasting plastic can look out of place in an otherwise elegantly decorated room.

With a vast range of colours, designs and styles, your media centre can incorporate sharp edges and clean lines, sweeping curves and classic wood, or be a style statement in crisp metallics and subtle LED lighting.

Selecting Materials and Finishes for Your Home Entertainment Centre

As a team of capable carpenters and joiners, we delight in creating fitted furniture with only the finest quality materials, always finished and installed by our professional craftspeople. The materials we use follow a consultation, where you can select from any aesthetic you would like, be that solid varnished wood or a painted pop of colour.

Finishes are just as important as the durability of the underlying material, with options to hand paint your units with outstanding interior paint, spray coat, or apply hard lacquer to ensure your bespoke furniture is suitable for a lifetime of use. Bespoke units are made to your precise specifications, in tune with your decor and architecture, utilising an existing chimney or building a media centre against a blank canvas.

Incorporating a Fireplace Into a Media Unit

Why combine a fireplace and TV within a media wall unit? The key is to ensure you have a combined focal point, adding dimension and character to an otherwise plain living space.

Both fireplaces and TVs tend to form central areas around which we position our furniture and furnishings, so combining both into one bespoke unit makes a living room feel organised and decluttered. Stud wall frameworks or false chimney frontages can conceal all of your cables and wiring while making a display piece from a contemporary electric fire, all within one streamlined unit.

If you’re unsure where you would like your media wall or how to integrate your fire, consider:

  • The size of your TV screen and where you’d like it positioned. This factor is important, so it’s best to test different angles where the screen is visible from every seating area without craning your neck.
  • Whether you’d like your unit built into a recessed wall – often with the TV fitted flush with the outside of your furniture and a pull-out bracket to move the screen outwards into a comfortable viewing position.
  • Additional devices include games consoles, speaker systems, and set-top boxes. These can be incorporated into hidden shelving, behind soft-touch doors or built into drawer systems for easy access, but without being on display.

Finally, we can showcase a range of gorgeous electrical fires with incredible warmth and ambience, yet as a safe heating appliance that you can incorporate into your media unit without a fire hazard.

Popular options include creating a smooth, white chimney breast with the TV screen and fire frontage flush with the wall as an individual unit that looks highly cultivated.

Create Your Bespoke Media Unit and Fireplace With Expert Craftsmanship From Pinnacle Works

Every unit we construct is built to your exact requirements, with our in-house team of talented craftspeople, installers and carpenters. We love the challenge of bringing a concept to life and working on a wide array of media centres, from classic hardwoods for heritage homes to contemporary finishes for updated renovations.

Many of our clients prefer to conceal media equipment and fireplaces to improve the feel of their living spaces, bring the family together, and keep wiring out of sight – and out of the reach of curious fingers and pets, as an added way to childproof your property. The benefit of built-in furniture is that it’s made specifically to fit your home, with exacting attention to detail. Every angle, join, curve and handle fit perfectly, combining the best style and functionality.

Please get in touch for any further information about the possibilities for your bespoke media centre or to access our gallery of past projects for some valuable design inspiration.



Bespoke Joinery and Carpentry – Customise Your Home Interiors

Bespoke Joinery and Carpentry – Customise Your Home Interiors

If you dread the thought of yet another flat pack assembly project or are tired of replacing cheap MDF furniture every couple of years, you’re not alone!

Today’s homeowners are increasingly focused on the quality and sustainability of their interiors – looking for real value for money and units that will last for decades, not months.

Whether you’re interested in designing a unique handcrafted TV unit, a bespoke kitchen that reflects your style, or a beautiful custom bed that will stand the test of time, we’re on hand to help. With our highly experienced team of master joiners and carpenters, Pinnacle Works is delighted to explain how bespoke joinery and carpentry works and why it’s an excellent investment in your home.

The Nuts and Bolts of Bespoke Joinery

Many clients approach us with an idea or a non-standard project where an off the shelf product just isn’t going to cut it.

There are lots of substantial benefits to having custom joinery (which we’ll explore shortly!). Still, one of the primary advantages is that if you decide to commission a personally crafted piece of furniture, you have absolute creative control over the finished result.

That might be:

  • A whole-home refurbishment, including new staircases.
  • Creating a customised kitchen with bespoke units.
  • Designing unique storage furniture to fit into your tightest corners.
  • Making the most of unusual height or size rooms.

If you’re unsure where to start, not to worry – our professional carpenters can help with everything, from selecting the best materials, creating a digital design, and showcasing some of the many finishes and styles available. Bespoke joinery isn’t solely for period properties, either. Fresh, bright kitchens and custom dining spaces are ideal for modern conversions or contemporary homes looking for something a little special.

In short, bespoke carpentry is the antidote to throw away furniture, and the perfect way to have ownership over the style and quality of your home furnishings, whether that’s a small but beautiful storage cabinet or a gloriously luxurious four-poster bed.

Benefits of Custom Carpentry

We’ve talked about the unique nature of every bespoke joinery project – but the advantages go far beyond the ability to select the exact colour, shape, style and size of your furnishings.

  • Custom carpentry is made to match. It is suited to any property style, blending with existing decor and furnishings perfectly (something that’s all but impossible to achieve with pre-made furniture).
  • There are no sacrifices between functionality and form; beautiful carpentry is as joyful to use as it is to look at.
  • The quality of a custom made unit is unbeatable. Trade experts craft each unit, shelf, cupboard or panel, meaning your bespoke furniture will remain in outstanding condition for years and years.

Individualised joinery from Pinnacle Works may be slightly more costly than a flat-pack click and collect unit but is sure to last substantially longer than any generic kitchen or shop-bought furniture.

Cost-Savings of Bespoke Joinery Projects

Contrary to common misconceptions about the costs of custom carpentry, this investment into your home typically provides a saving over the long term. For example, a bespoke kitchen includes all the finishing touches, with excellent quality installations that are professionally fitted to ensure they are perfectly crafted to the shape and texture of your walls and floor.

This attention to detail prevents many maintenance costs, often due to heavy furniture being inadequately fitted or poor finishes around areas such as skirting that will require replacement in the near future. You can also pick and choose a unique design to refresh a room or corner of your home without needing to rip out the existing units and start over.

It is often more cost-effective to replace tired furniture with a unique unit built to match your other pieces, rather than incurring unnecessary costs where some of your existing fittings are worth preserving.

Designing Your Unique Storage Units

Pinnacle Works joinery projects vary widely from full kitchen designs to one-off window frame replacements, but storage is one of the most popular applications. Every home requires storage, whether that’s to house your TV and associated devices or expand the use of a narrow room or hallway area.

The outstanding feature of individualised carpentry is that it makes the absolute most of the spaces in your home, providing a solution for unusual sized houses with bespoke furniture made to measure. Timber-framed media centres are among the most frequent requests, with custom handmade cabinets ideal for creating a slick, stylish unit and discretely tidying away unsightly wires.

Choosing a Skilled Joiner or Carpenter

While joinery and carpentry go hand in hand, a joiner creates incredible detail and aesthetically beautiful work, each piece a masterpiece in its own right. Joinery is more skilled than general carpentry and is essential if you’re considering a complex project such as a new kitchen, replacement window panels, or a new staircase. It’s also ideal for crafting custom pieces or fittings for listed homes or where you’d like to capture a specific style that commands a higher level of detail.

Our craftspeople at Pinnacle Works offer outstanding levels of experience and professionalism, ensuring that every made-to-measure piece doesn’t just fit properly and look stunning – but that it’s fitted perfectly, prolonging the durability of the wood. We take care of the drawings and plans, with the full support of our joinery team, to create an authentically unique design – and never just a close match for the colour or appearance you’re looking for.

With decades of experience, we take a considerable amount of pride in the quality of our work and ensure that a lasting finish that exceeds your expectations is the norm. If you’re unsure whether you need a simple wooden unit designed to fit into a specific nook or require a team of joiners to create something more intricate, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to have a chat about the best options.

Alternatively, please check out our website for more information about the bespoke joinery and carpentry services we provide or to request a quick quote for your project!