Category Archives: Business interior

Find inspiration for your shop, restaurant or any business interior.

Bar interior, recent client.

This project I have completed just recently, new pub opened up in the city, owner has also a brewery, quite good beer I must add. The interior looks really cool, all around the wood, reclaimed/scaffo theme, all comes along nicely.

The atmosphere inside is vibrant and it looks almost always busy. My part was to build a side bar, located by brick wall, a big mirror that was installed in the upstairs dining room and over the back bar shelving units.

Side bar is made out of long ( 3m each) scaffo boars, I have purchased at a local building supplies store. I have applied black spray paint and sanded through before applying a natural oak stain and varnish. Then it was placed on 33.4 mm scaffo frame, all very sturdy and looking nice I think. (blowing my own horn here).

The mirror was bought new on ebay and placed on the ply before I had scaffo boards (same finish) built around it as a frame. The challenge was to make some really flat, yet super strong mountings that would keep this baby up on the wall well secured. I have cut a metal corner into half and drilled some holes in it. One side was fitted with adjustable mounting, when you drill into a brick, it is not uncommon for the drill to slightly slip, then you put the piece up-to find out it is crooked,  then you`re in trouble trying to explain extra holes in the wall.

The over the bar shelve units-are 2, couple of meters long boxy like pieces. All built with the same material as the rest of the projects I have done here. Same finish, high enough to accommodate bottles, we had tiny room to make this work, but eventually got it all lined up nicely. The same fittings were used as for the mirror with bolts super heavy, it is not going anywhere even fully loaded.

Sorry for just few pics, but when you are working and forgot to take as you go, coming to a pub full of people and start snapping away photos, it freaks people out.

Great place, nice projects, overall super cool place.



Beam of light:)

This is a really fun project, the same owner that I had made the counter for, had an idea of reclaimed wood beam, that is fit with spot lights.

I have purchased at a local reclaimed wood centre a long-3.2m beam of wood, that needed a fair amount of work to bring the natural beauty out it.

I have removed all nails, and started scraping the surface, and while I was going intense with that-a pretty colour started coming through this rough looks.

Once the surface was ready, the fun part comes in, I needed to drill fat holes, big enough to accommodate a spot light, allow enough room for the LED light bulb. That cost me a corded drill, too weak, burnt after second hole. These being kinda deep, needed a fair amount of chipping out-the old fashioned way-with a mullet and a chisel.

Spacing out the spot lights is the next step, then wiring line had to be chiselled out with only a mullet and a chisel. These projects have a lot of surprises in the form of hidden nails, using your expensive power tools to get the job done quicker might cos you dearly.

All being installed inside of this wooden beam, just few items left before delivery. I have placed some extra features that made the wiring supported, thick galvanized chain and 4 point mounts-the beam is really heavy and it will be hanging over the counter.

Few coats of clear, quality varnish and it is ready to deliver. The new, awesome, Caribbean takeaway place in Welling, London will be fitted with this light.

And this is how it ended up looking like, quite happy with that…

Really interesting project, tons of manual labour due to the nature of the material-reclaimed wood, that had some nails in it-no use of power tools, but looks nice.




Counter for a local restaurant

I have not updated my work site for a while, was super busy. I have just completed a project for a local restaurant nearby. The owner wanted a service counter, something that would function as a customer service/cashier piece. Made out or reclaimed wood (mostly) and within the theme of the dining room.

I have made a frame out of purchased timber, added some good quality plywood for the inner walls.

After that it was the time to plank the walls and internal shelves with some rustic wood, glue, nails and level-that is pretty important, if you do not control the level, you might find yourself off on one end, and the whole wall looks crooked.

We have decided that the split level will come with a wooden top, no food or water will be serving over that part, so reclaimed wood, stain and varnish will be a spot on option.

The split level is to serve as a back wall for a till, and to keep some items out of the customer way. I think this is a very functional design, looks nice as well.

All piece was varnished and lightly sanded through with some 800 grid to give this nice, rustic appearance, one coat of teak oil was applied at the end.


The only thing that is still to be installed, is a stone top, for the part where food will be handled, dark stone I believe is the choice, I will get some pictures soon, a lot better quality as well.

And this is how the whole project looks like inside of the restaurant. It was placed on small concrete blocks, to avoid contact with water and harsh, floor chemicals. Black, cool looking stone was installed on the part where food is served. Really nice piece, at the new, super tasty Caribbean joint, just opened in Welling, London.


Pub, restaurant, diner.

There are plenty of pubs around it with wood furniture, reclaimed/rustic ones are also very common as well. Any place of business that needs a cosy atmosphere can benefit from this type of design. Custom made items are also designed to fit the particular needs, and more over-they can be re-done or adjusted in the future in case the nature of the business changes. Like shelving units or tables can be up scaled to individual needs.

It is a fact that the owners are spending time and money to make sure their pub or restaurant is unique and stands out and these themes seems to be a spot on investment. Not only that, most of these items are build out of sturdy and healthy wood, not chipboard made in China, so they will last for a very long time.


Serve it nicely.

Serving trays have been in use for probably hundreds of years, and wood seems to be the favourite choice of material for this particular project. I have built few of those out of wood scraps I had around the shop and this is the best idea so far. The trays (apart from specifically ordered) can be made out of plenty of pieces that otherwise would have not much use.

Some more expensive trays have all sorts of inserts in the central part, like tiles, metal sheet, or glass in it. Takes a bit more work to build them, but the effect is well worth the effort.

A cool idea is a tray (especially for a restaurant) with black chalkboard as a central piece. You can serve stuff on it and write right on the tray, nice.



Fun way to re-do the shop.

Some of these you see here are super easy to make. Simple, basic tools and some wood can make your shop floor pop up in the neighbourhood and that means foot traffic and very possible a better looking “end of the month bookkeeping”:) So, why not give it a shot, if you can do it yourself-then great, if not-contact some wood fanatic weirdo (like myself) and he will make this for ya.

Stores like Superdry, All Saints, Fat Face and many others are well into this style, no wonder, it is natural and cool at the same time, makes almost any human feel welcome and at ease.


Display tables.

Depending on what kind of shop you would like to have, in most cases some sort of a table, or display table would be something to have, especially if that table could be an eye catcher, something unique that would draw attention of a customer. Again, the possibilities are endless and these pictures down here are just a drop in the ocean of what can be done out of wood.

My personal choice is a combination of cast iron, metal and deep brown reclaimed timber, maybe a dark walnut and black chalkboard paint with some target sanding. These combos fit perfectly with some warm, Edison light bulb, very relaxing atmosphere, shopping a ease sort of thing.


Shelving units.

A proper place to display your merchandise is something of importance, we all buy with you eyes first, the best tasting food will not sell if the presentation is crap, period. So a proper shelving unit is something worth investing in, brings an attention of a potential buyer and makes the store complete.

I personally love thick, natural boards, but it all depends on the rest of the interior design. Wood though, is a very forgiving material, you can play with it, change colours (most of them) and reassemble it in another way if you wish. Using reclaimed wood is especially wise, since there is an abundance of this type of material in every city.



Counter top-vital part of every shop.

This item is the place where you spend most of the time, where exchange of goods take place, where you chat with clients, so it is not something to be overlooked. A centre peace, or a corner-proper place to engage with customers is essential to every business.

These pictures here are just a tiny option of what is possible to build with wood, reclaimed timber that brings warmth and cosy atmosphere into the business, this atmosphere is important to bring a positive and friendly vibe, make people feel comfy and relaxed.

There are plenty of options when it comes to building materials, but in my opinion a combination of wood, metal and maybe even concrete would fit the bill perfectly. Accompanied by some industrial light fixtures will make the shop an eye candy, an inviting place and that can be a real benefit at the end of the month sales wise.