Where to find handmade furnishings in Suffolk
Whilst home might be the furthest thing from your mind on holiday – at the very least, it should be – there’s no denying that shopping for homeware can be a real treat. Especially if it’s handmade and made in Suffolk. Recognising that many guests who visit our Barns and Barges for rent like to source some fresh decor during their stay, we’ve put together a small guide for shopping for handmade furnishings in Suffolk.
Like many great things in Suffolk, REH Kennedy has a rich history. Established in 1948, the company has owned the rightful title of “makers of fine furniture” for over half a decade. Capable of producing impressive bespoke pieces, REH Kennedy also offers readymade pieces that can be collected from their showroom by calling in advance.
Based in Bury St Edmunds, AJB Joinery takes the view that “every piece of timber is unique and should be treated as such when using it to design and create inspiring joinery and furniture”. This philosophy ultimately ensures that every piece leaving their workshop is truly individual and tailored to the clients’ requirements. In other words, if you’re looking to introduce some impressive additions to your home, you might just want to give AJB a call ahead of your holiday so that you have something special to collect and bring home with you.
Titchmarsh & Goodwin
Another family-run firm with a spectacular history, the origins of Titchmarsh & Goodwin stretch back to the 18th century when carpenter Samuel Goodwin sent his son George to London to learn all of the tricks of the cabinet-making trade. Fast forward three centuries and the company now creates handmade furnishings for every room in the modern home. From beds to dressing tables, and desks to mirrors, their head office in Ipswich is well worth a visit when visiting Suffolk for a holiday.
From traditional classics to inspired contemporary designs, Marshbeck Interiors create handmade furnishings in Suffolk that will be at home in just about any home. Whether you’re a fan of reproductions or are seeking out something special and boutique, their record for quality makes them a solid choice. With over 600 items on display at their showroom in the quaint village of Lavenham, we can’t recommend a visit highly enough.
It would be remiss of us to create an article on handmade furnishings in Suffolk without mentioning the new kids on the block. Launching as recently as 2020, Chapel Lane have wasted no time in establishing themselves as fine providers of bespoke cabinets and kitchen fixtures. Welcoming guests to their studio in Sudbury, this independent business is an unmissable place to check out when joining us for a holiday.