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By Emily Rivers
Last updated 16th May 2023

Alcove cupboards are an excellent way to maximise storage space in any room. They provide a functional storage solution while also adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to the space.

But how much do alcove cupboards cost to fit? We’ll go through everything in our guide, including the cost of alcove shelves and cupboards and the advantages and disadvantages of using a local carpenter over a fitted furniture company.

How much do alcove cupboards cost?

The cost of alcove cupboards can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the type of material used, the size of the cupboards, and how much customisation you’d like.

On average, the cost of a basic set of alcove cupboards can range from £800 to £3,000. This cost can increase significantly if you choose to add extra features such as lighting, glass panels, or custom finishes.

Item

Average cost

Bespoke alcove cupboard

£800-£1,000

2 bespoke alcove shelves and cupboards

£2,000-£3,000

Floating alcove shelf

£80-£150

Window seat

£800-£1,200

Carpenter hourly rate

£16-£40

These costs are taken from UK averages. Carpenter rates will vary depending on where you live, as the cost of living is different across the country. Expect to pay more if you live in major towns or cities, and less if you’re in more rural areas.

HaMuch has a large database of hourly and daily rates for carpenters all over the UK, and we’ve put them together to give you an idea of how much you’ll pay for a carpenter in many towns and cities. Simply look at the table further down the page and find your home town to get a more accurate idea of how much you’ll pay for labour.

Alcove cupboards cost

Alcove shelves and cupboards cost

If you want a versatile storage space, alcove shelves and cupboards fitted together may be the perfect solution. While fitted bookcases are ideal if you have lots of books that you want on display, alcove shelves with cupboards allow you to store items out of sight, keeping your home clutter-free.

A bespoke set of alcove shelves with a cupboard will cost somewhere between £1,000-£1,500. If you have two alcoves either side of a chimney breast, a matching pair would give a beautiful symmetrical look.

Of course, the final cost will depend on the material you choose to have your alcove shelves and cupboards made out of. MDF and plywood are cheaper options, but hardwood will look fantastic and will last longer.

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Using a local carpenter vs a fitted furniture company for alcove cupboards

When it comes to designing and installing bespoke alcove cupboards, you can use a local carpenter or a fitted furniture company. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, and it ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences.

Advantages to using a local carpenter

Can offer a personalised touch: Your carpenter can work with you to create a unique design that fits your specific needs and preferences. Whether you want one tall cupboard or a smaller cupboard with floating shelves, or perhaps LED spotlights, they can work with you to make it happen.

Flexibility: Local carpenters often have more flexibility with their schedules and can provide a quicker turnaround time than larger companies, allowing you to have your alcove cupboards installed faster.

More choice: Carpenters will have access to a wide variety of materials, giving you greater freedom in the design process. You’ll be able to choose from various hardwoods and stains for the wood to give you the exact look you want.

Disadvantages to using a local carpenter

Expertise and resources: A carpenter may not have the same level of expertise and resources as a larger company, which can result in lower quality workmanship or longer lead times.

Limited availability: If the carpenter is a sole trader or a small business, they may have limited availability, which could result in a longer waiting period for your project.

Advantages to using a fitted furniture company

Streamlined and efficient: Fitted furniture companies often have a team of experienced professionals who can handle the entire project from start to finish, including design, manufacturing, and installation. That means your project might be completed more quickly.

Warranty: Fitted furniture companies may also offer more extensive warranties and guarantees on their work, giving you greater peace of mind.

Disadvantages to using a fitted furniture company

Limited customisation: A fitted furniture company may not offer the same level of customisation or flexibility as a local carpenter. They may have a more limited selection of materials and designs, which could make it more challenging to achieve a unique look.

Cost: In general, fitted furniture companies charge more due to their overhead costs and additional expenses associated with running a larger business.

The decision to use a local carpenter or a fitted furniture company for your bespoke alcove cupboards will depend on your specific needs and priorities.

It's essential to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each option carefully to ensure that you end up with high-quality, functional and stylish alcove cupboards that meet your needs and budget.

How deep should alcove cupboards be?

The depth of alcove cupboards will be determined by the items you plan to store and how deep your alcove is.

The standard depth of alcove cupboards range from 30cm to 60cm. If you plan to store larger items like books or big ornaments, a deeper cupboard may be necessary.

On the other hand, if you're storing smaller items like trinkets, a shallower cupboard of 30cm will be suitable. It's important to consider what you plan to store and measure the items to ensure that the cupboard depth will accommodate them.

What is the standard alcove cabinet size?

The standard size of alcove cabinets varies slightly, but a common size for alcove cabinets is 80cm high which is the height of a standard sideboard.

However, you can customise the height and width of alcove cabinets to fit your specific storage needs and the size of your alcove.

It's important to measure the space available and consider what items you plan to store before deciding on the size of your alcove cabinets. This will ensure that you maximise storage space while creating a functional and aesthetically-pleasing storage solution.

Now you know the average cost of alcove cupboards, post your job on HaMuch to get a more accurate quote. We’ll put you in touch with local carpenters who are ready to do the job.


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Design and fit alcove storage cost in the UK
Design and fit alcove storage cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKDesign and fit alcove storage cost
Design and fit alcove storage near Aberdeen£671
Design and fit alcove storage near Amber Valley£608
Design and fit alcove storage near Angus£677
Design and fit alcove storage near Arun£683
Design and fit alcove storage near Ashfield£593
Design and fit alcove storage near Aylesbury Vale£686
Design and fit alcove storage near Barnsley£578
Design and fit alcove storage near Basildon£686
Design and fit alcove storage near Basingstoke & Deane£635
Design and fit alcove storage near Bassetlaw£578
Design and fit alcove storage near Bath & North East Somerset£620
Design and fit alcove storage near Bedford£710
Design and fit alcove storage near Belfast£425
Design and fit alcove storage near Birmingham£557
Design and fit alcove storage near Blackburn£554
Design and fit alcove storage near Blackpool£518
Design and fit alcove storage near Bolton£593
Design and fit alcove storage near Bournemouth£632
Design and fit alcove storage near Bracknell Forest£683
Design and fit alcove storage near Bradford£551
Design and fit alcove storage near Braintree£662
Design and fit alcove storage near Breckland£587
Design and fit alcove storage near Bridgend£557
Design and fit alcove storage near Brighton£671
Design and fit alcove storage near Bristol£617
Design and fit alcove storage near Broadland£545
Design and fit alcove storage near Broxtowe£596
Design and fit alcove storage near Bury£596
Design and fit alcove storage near Caerphilly£605
Design and fit alcove storage near Calderdale£539
Design and fit alcove storage near Cambridge£644
Design and fit alcove storage near Canterbury£590
Design and fit alcove storage near Cardiff£611
Design and fit alcove storage near Carmarthenshire£503
Design and fit alcove storage near Charnwood£587
Design and fit alcove storage near Chelmsford£674
Design and fit alcove storage near Cheltenham£695
Design and fit alcove storage near Cherwell£707
Design and fit alcove storage near Chester£560
Design and fit alcove storage near Colchester£641
Design and fit alcove storage near Conway£530
Design and fit alcove storage near Coventry£548
Design and fit alcove storage near Crewe & Nantwich£656
Design and fit alcove storage near Dacorum£686
Design and fit alcove storage near Derby£608
Design and fit alcove storage near Doncaster£557
Design and fit alcove storage near Dover£578
Design and fit alcove storage near Dudley£551
Design and fit alcove storage near Dumfries & Galloway£491
Design and fit alcove storage near Dundee£713
Design and fit alcove storage near East Ayrshire£593
Design and fit alcove storage near East Devon£563
Design and fit alcove storage near East Dunbartonshire£554
Design and fit alcove storage near East Hampshire£644
Design and fit alcove storage near East Hertfordshire£707
Design and fit alcove storage near East Riding£581
Design and fit alcove storage near Eastleigh£647
Design and fit alcove storage near Edinburgh£659
Design and fit alcove storage near Elmbridge£704
Design and fit alcove storage near Epping Forest£701
Design and fit alcove storage near Erewash£596
Design and fit alcove storage near Exeter£542
Design and fit alcove storage near Falkirk£593
Design and fit alcove storage near Fife£725
Design and fit alcove storage near Flintshire£572
Design and fit alcove storage near Gateshead£530
Design and fit alcove storage near Gedling£578
Design and fit alcove storage near Glasgow£548
Design and fit alcove storage near Gloucester£662
Design and fit alcove storage near Guildford£680
Design and fit alcove storage near Gwynedd£497
Design and fit alcove storage near Halton£557
Design and fit alcove storage near Harrogate£554
Design and fit alcove storage near Havant & Waterloo£635
Design and fit alcove storage near Highland£626
Design and fit alcove storage near Horsham£662
Design and fit alcove storage near Huntingdonshire£704
Design and fit alcove storage near Ipswich£644
Design and fit alcove storage near Isle of Wight£617
Design and fit alcove storage near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£590
Design and fit alcove storage near Kingston-upon-Hull£533
Design and fit alcove storage near Kirklees£572
Design and fit alcove storage near Knowsley£548
Design and fit alcove storage near Lancaster£569
Design and fit alcove storage near Leeds£563
Design and fit alcove storage near Leicester£575
Design and fit alcove storage near Lisburn£425
Design and fit alcove storage near Liverpool£542
Design and fit alcove storage near London£698
Design and fit alcove storage near Luton£695
Design and fit alcove storage near Macclesfield£632
Design and fit alcove storage near Maidstone£644
Design and fit alcove storage near Manchester£611
Design and fit alcove storage near Mid Bedfordshire£698
Design and fit alcove storage near Mid Sussex£650
Design and fit alcove storage near Middlesbrough£632
Design and fit alcove storage near Milton Keynes£677
Design and fit alcove storage near Neath Port Talbot£560
Design and fit alcove storage near New Forest£644
Design and fit alcove storage near Newbury£629
Design and fit alcove storage near Newcastle-under-Lyme£638
Design and fit alcove storage near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£527
Design and fit alcove storage near Newport£614
Design and fit alcove storage near North Ayrshire£578
Design and fit alcove storage near North East Lincolnshire£578
Design and fit alcove storage near North Hertfordshire£710
Design and fit alcove storage near North Lanarkshire£557
Design and fit alcove storage near North Lincolnshire£545
Design and fit alcove storage near North Somerset£623
Design and fit alcove storage near North Tyneside£527
Design and fit alcove storage near North Wiltshire£626
Design and fit alcove storage near Northampton£647
Design and fit alcove storage near Norwich£560
Design and fit alcove storage near Nottingham£596
Design and fit alcove storage near Nuneaton & Bedworth£557
Design and fit alcove storage near Oldham£602
Design and fit alcove storage near Oxford£701
Design and fit alcove storage near Pembrokeshire£620
Design and fit alcove storage near Perth & Kinross£812
Design and fit alcove storage near Peterborough£731
Design and fit alcove storage near Plymouth£551
Design and fit alcove storage near Poole£635
Design and fit alcove storage near Portsmouth£638
Design and fit alcove storage near Preston£524
Design and fit alcove storage near Reading£674
Design and fit alcove storage near Redcar & Cleveland£626
Design and fit alcove storage near Reigate & Banstead£695
Design and fit alcove storage near Renfrewshire£581
Design and fit alcove storage near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£593
Design and fit alcove storage near Rochdale£587
Design and fit alcove storage near Rochester-upon-Medway£710
Design and fit alcove storage near Rotherham£572
Design and fit alcove storage near Salford£608
Design and fit alcove storage near Salisbury£656
Design and fit alcove storage near Sandwell£551
Design and fit alcove storage near Scarborough£674
Design and fit alcove storage near Scottish Borders£689
Design and fit alcove storage near Sefton£539
Design and fit alcove storage near Sevenoaks£674
Design and fit alcove storage near Sheffield£566
Design and fit alcove storage near Slough£698
Design and fit alcove storage near Solihull£545
Design and fit alcove storage near South Ayrshire£596
Design and fit alcove storage near South Bedfordshire£710
Design and fit alcove storage near South Cambridgeshire£680
Design and fit alcove storage near South Gloucestershire£611
Design and fit alcove storage near South Kesteven£620
Design and fit alcove storage near South Lanarkshire£503
Design and fit alcove storage near South Oxfordshire£686
Design and fit alcove storage near South Somerset£755
Design and fit alcove storage near South Tyneside£530
Design and fit alcove storage near Southampton£647
Design and fit alcove storage near Southend-on-Sea£656
Design and fit alcove storage near St Albans£692
Design and fit alcove storage near St Helens£554
Design and fit alcove storage near Stafford£620
Design and fit alcove storage near Stockport£617
Design and fit alcove storage near Stockton-on-Tees£632
Design and fit alcove storage near Stoke-on-Trent£629
Design and fit alcove storage near Stratford-on-Avon£575
Design and fit alcove storage near Stroud£650
Design and fit alcove storage near Suffolk Coastal£632
Design and fit alcove storage near Sunderland£536
Design and fit alcove storage near Swale£629
Design and fit alcove storage near Swansea£545
Design and fit alcove storage near Tameside£608
Design and fit alcove storage near Teignbridge£569
Design and fit alcove storage near Tendring£641
Design and fit alcove storage near Test Valley£638
Design and fit alcove storage near Thamesdown£608
Design and fit alcove storage near Thanet£581
Design and fit alcove storage near The Wrekin£554
Design and fit alcove storage near Thurrock£680
Design and fit alcove storage near Torbay£560
Design and fit alcove storage near Trafford£611
Design and fit alcove storage near Vale of Glamorgan£623
Design and fit alcove storage near Vale of White Horse£680
Design and fit alcove storage near Vale Royal£572
Design and fit alcove storage near Wakefield£554
Design and fit alcove storage near Walsall£557
Design and fit alcove storage near Warrington£587
Design and fit alcove storage near Warwick£542
Design and fit alcove storage near Waveney£542
Design and fit alcove storage near Waverley£671
Design and fit alcove storage near Wealden£653
Design and fit alcove storage near West Lancashire£536
Design and fit alcove storage near West Lothian£638
Design and fit alcove storage near West Wiltshire£626
Design and fit alcove storage near Wigan£572
Design and fit alcove storage near Windsor & Maidenhead£695
Design and fit alcove storage near Wirral£545
Design and fit alcove storage near Wokingham£683
Design and fit alcove storage near Wolverhampton£569
Design and fit alcove storage near Wrexham Maelor£599
Design and fit alcove storage near Wychavon£602
Design and fit alcove storage near Wycombe£722
Design and fit alcove storage near York£578