Giving you some space

Our Favourite Nooks

Welcome to the nooks you never knew you needed, but should never be without.

Our homes are just as unique as we are and often there are nifty nooks and crafty crannies which end up housing a piece of occasional furniture, an ornamental vase or, if we’re honest, often become a place where we stash a selection of little used items which wouldn’t look out of place in Michael McIntyre’s “man drawer”.

At Rencraft we relish the challenge of a tricky space or a small alcove, and our designers will always work creatively to design a piece of cabinetry which will fit a space with functionality in mind, as well as making it aesthetically pleasing.

Here are some of our favourites from our clients’ homes and our showrooms.

Grey painted shaker kitchen secret door with walk in pantry

The Pantry Nook

If you’re a keen cook or a brilliant baker you will be all too familiar with the volcano of paraphernalia which comes with your favourite hobby and that’s where the pantry nook comes in. A walk-in space with floor to ceiling shelving and a marble worktop for extra prep space or, as one of our clients confided, a place where you can pull up a stool and sit quietly to get that all important admin done!

This example is from our Sussex Country House Shaker project where our clients wanted plenty of storage for their dry goods and larder essentials. This pantry is accessed via a secret door which sits within a run of cabinetry next to the integrated fridge and freezer and opposite the large kitchen island, meaning putting the food shopping away is quick and convenient.

Grey painted shaker kitchen secret door with walk in pantry
Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

The Cocktail Nook

This cocktail nook is a fun and quirky addition to our client’s kitchen and perfect when entertaining as it allows drinks to be muddled, shaken and stirred without taking up space in the food prep or social areas.

To contrast the dramatic charcoal grey cabinetry of the rest of the kitchen, but give a nod to the blush pink kitchen island, we hand-painted the cocktail bar in a rich, luxurious shade of purple. We then added reeded glass to the upper cabinets which complements the bevelled door detail and polished brass handles.

White painted shaker kitchen cabinet with bi-folding doors, window seat with sash window and oak beams ceiling.

The Relaxation Nook

Our clients fell in love with the stunning period features of this property the very first time they viewed it and so we created a kitchen space which celebrated and enhanced the original beams, timber pillars and sash windows.

To make a particular feature of the original windows we introduced a seat with an oak top and storage underneath. To create the feel of a cosy nook (perfect for morning coffee or an evening glass of wine!), we built two double door appliance garages with bi-folding doors either side of the central window which fold back to reveal even more storage, complete with internal lighting, electrical power points and solid oak shelves.

White painted shaker kitchen cabinet with bi-folding doors, window seat with sash window and oak beams ceiling.
Grey handpainted shaker cabinets with coffee nook and coffee machine.

The Coffee Nook

When you’re living a busy lifestyle starting your mornings in the right way is oh-so important and that’s where the coffee nook comes in. A spacious cupboard with bi-folding doors, this piece of cabinetry provides plenty of space for mugs, cups, saucers and the teapot, as well as espresso cups, the kettle, coffee machine and even the Velvetiser from Hotel Chocolat.

With ample worktop in front there is room to prepare your drinks and then simply close the doors to hide the clutter of the crockery and appliances from view. For convenience we positioned this coffee nook within easy reach of the sink, as well as the Aga where hot drinks can be kept warm when those all-important morning chores keep you from sitting down with your coffee until after the school run.

Under stairs wine storage with LED lighting

The Wine Nook

Under stairs spaces are often overlooked and resigned to collecting shoes, vacuum cleaners and ironing boards, but not so at Rencraft! This example can be seen in our Tunbridge Wells showrooms as you walk from our first floor displays to the staircase which leads to our penthouse show apartment, meaning it is perfectly on-hand for grabbing an extra bottle of wine |(or two!) when we host our events.

We designed this wine storage space to be deep enough to lie bottles flat, as well as include open shelving for standing bottles or other objects to display. To add a little drama and create a greater sense of space we added a mirror to the back of the central storage square and added strips of lighting to frame the nook and accentuate its appealing angles and quirky shape.

Under stairs wine storage with LED lighting
Blue painted boot room with coats hanging from hook in farmhouse.

The Coat Nook

This handy little nook was designed for a large family with a busy lifestyle as part of their boot room project. With children coming home from school, sporting activities to get to and myriad shoes, equipment and coats to find a home for, this bench with hidden wellie storage underneath provides a place to see & a moment of calm where the family can pause before heading out the door. It also doubles as an excellent place to take off and hang up coats, as well as put away belongings at the end of a busy day.

As well as under bench storage, we also included open shelving for storage of hats, scarves and gloves, as well as plenty of hanging space for coats, school blazers and waterproofs.

Boot room with hanging coats in cupboard and oak bench seating.

The Walking Stick Nook

As with each and every project, our designers always take the time to listen to our clients and get to know them, and the way they want to use the space, and this walking stick nook is a perfect example of this. We designed this example for our Tunbridge Wells showrooms so that we could store a much-prized collection of beautiful walking sticks which were handcrafted by a member of the Rencraft family and deserve to be kept on show for all to admire.

This display also includes capacious cupboards, floor-to-ceiling shoe nooks and hand painted oak panelling to achieve the idyllic country house look we all know and love.

Boot room with hanging coats in cupboard and oak bench seating.
Bookshelves with books, handpainted cabinetry and a bean bag chair.

The Book Nook

With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, having a quiet place to sit and relax is a must and this book nook is the ideal spot for the avid reader in your family. We chose to use a combination of open shelving to display our clients’ favourite reads with a run of cabinetry for storage of board games, DVDs and a collection of family photos and other memorabilia underneath.

This little library was part of much larger project at this client’s home which included an open plan kitchen with full height cabinetry, as well as a lounge, TV snug room, master bedroom, hallway, a children’s playroom and an under stairs cupboard.

Shoe nook in grey painted boot room

The Shoe Nook

We all know the dilemma – everyone in the family has their go-to pairs of shoes that they need to have within easy reach when leaving the house but a mountain of mismatched shoes by the front door just isn’t a good look! Cue a Rencraft shoe nook to the rescue – a floor-to-ceiling storage space where you can nestle your hiking boots, tennis shoes, strappy sandals and running trainers with a minimum of effort required.

This example features 24 cubby holes for our client’s family to share so there’s no excuses for an untidy boot room in this house! To make the feature as user friendly as possible we also designed the height of the nooks closest to the floor to be larger than those at the top, meaning that heavy boots can be kept lower down to avoid lifting muddy footwear down from above your head.

Shoe nook in grey painted boot room
White shaker kitchen cabinets with utility sink and Crittall style double doors.

The Sink Nook

There’s nothing better than watching your children enjoy spending time in the garden but when those filthy hands make it into the kitchen sink, the mud pies are no longer something confined to the outdoors.

We designed this sink nook for a client with a young family to provide a space to clean up before entering the handpainted white kitchen in their light and airy barn renovation. This quirky build was full of nooks and crannies which were a delight to work with and one of our particular favourites is the wall-mounted ladder which leads to a secret storage area above the rest of the kitchen.

Flowers by Belfast sink and Perrin and Rowe tap with green painted Faroow and Ball kitchen cabinet.

The Flower Nook

If you’re the Monty Don in your family and love displaying your garden’s beautiful blooms around the house and feeding the family with your homegrown produce then have you considered a flower nook – a special little space where you can trim the stems of your prize-winning peonies or wash the mud off your new potatoes.

We paired this Belfast sink by Villeroy & Boch with a brass tap from Perrin & Rowe for the ultimate country house look and hand painted our cabinetry in Treron by Farrow & Ball to finish off the bucolic feel of this farmhouse kitchen.

Flowers by Belfast sink and Perrin and Rowe tap with green painted Faroow and Ball kitchen cabinet.
Grey Shaker Curved Banquette Seating with walnut table

The Breakfast Nook

We custom designed this breakfast nook for our clients’ 1920s Arts & Crafts home as part of their Shaker-style kitchen. The banquette seating provides a sociable spot to sit and enjoy their new, light kitchen space and curves around the walnut breakfast table which was handmade in our workshop at Chart Farm near Sevenoaks.

This project is full of fun little quirks as we also designed a secret stow-away door which allowed us to avoid disrupting the main run of cabinetry and provides hidden access to the upstairs via the old servants’ stairs.

Black painted cabinetry with oak shelving and coffee machine, washing machine and tumble dryer.

The Laundry Nook

Well, this client certainly has the right idea when it comes to brightening up boring chores! We designed this multipurpose space for our client’s prep kitchen where they wanted to hide all of the functional elements to cooking and housework, leaving their main kitchen space free for entertaining and relaxing.

We assigned the upper level of cabinetry to house a beverage nook (we know, 2 nooks in 1 – what could be better?) and Miele microwave, whilst the lower space was given over to a Miele washing machine and tumble dryer.

Black painted cabinetry with oak shelving and coffee machine, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom Vanity Table in Dressing Room

The Beautifying Nook

When you’re trying to apply your lippy and eyeliner you need just two things – a quiet nook to call your own and a large mirror with good lighting. And that’s exactly what we created for this client in the dressing room area of their master bedroom suite.

This little space is cosetted between two large wardrobes with plenty of hanging space and conveniently close to the en suite bathroom, making getting ready to go on a girls’ night out a joy! To finish off the space we handcrafted a vanity table with drawers underneath for a hairdryer and straighteners, jewellery and those all-important lotions & potions.

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