Jali bookcases provide a cost-effective solution for everything from a small bespoke free-standing case (at around £50) to an enormous oak fitted library with a deep cornice and adjustable shelving costing around £10,000. This is accomplished in two ranges: 'Standard' and 'Professional', examples of which are shown below. For a simpler 'lighter' construction have a look at our shelving range. All Jali products can be styled to match any decor from contemporary to classic.
Bookcases are made to your exact sizes using our rapid web-to-factory manufacturing system.
Our Standard range, prefixed 'B', is to the original Jali design. They can be made up to 3000mm wide and 3000mm high with up to four sections or 'bays'. When built up they form one solid piece which, if very large, would need a few people to handle safely. Most bookcases stand on the floor with a 'plinth'. However, you can have a 'no plinth' version as seen below 'floating' on the walls. These can be wall or floor mounted but are generally intended to sit on some other feature - like a drawer unit or radiator cabinet.
The Professional range, prefixed 'BP', consists of a base unit onto which box units are fitted. These are joined together with uprights. The boxes and shelves can have different sizes and spacings. There is no limit to the 'length of run' and internal and external corners are easily accommodated.
This system makes building large installations much more manageable.
In the Standard range the width of the sections are all the same and the shelves are the same height from section to section. At the design stage shelves can be positioned anywhere but once built they are fixed. In the Professional range none of these limitations apply; also a fully adjustable shelf option is available (please call for details).
The plinth height and the rear cut-out can be set to match the room skirting so the bookcase fits snugly against the wall.
As with all Jali furniture, Bookcases can be fully fitted. Use the 'Situation' button in 'Advanced' to show your room layout and the Bookcase will automatically be made to fit flush on one or both sides.
Under the Advanced menu you can see all the mouldings and other details for skirts, uprights (pilasters) and cornice.
Another option is to have the back finished differently to the body - perhaps a dark green back with the body in Oak. To visualise different combinations, click any model, then Customise, then 'Select Part'.
If your unit is free-standing assembly is really easy. Larger units will require a bit of planning if space is tight and maybe a second person to be safe.
With fitted units you will want to make them snugly fit the wall down one or more sides. This can be done in two ways: make the bits that touch the wall a little too big and then trim them to fit or make them just too small and add a filler strip.
Each method has pros and cons.
Assembly drawings will be sent with your order but you can download PDFs from the Help menu at any time.
Shelves and sides are 18mm or 19mm (wood veneer) (3/4") material and the backs are 6mm (1/4").
The cornice or top features are 18mm, 30mm or thicker depending on moulding detail.
Adjustable shelves (call for details) are made using brass or chrome slotted strips rebated into the sides. Each shelf is support on four metal brackets fitted into adjacent slots.
Back panels are flush with the rear edge giving the maximum depth for the size.
As they say, measure twice cut once - we really don't want to cut anything twice! If your unit is not fitted, that is, it is not made to exactly fit a space, measurements are not very critical. You can just get the height, width and depth within a few centimetres. However, if you want the unit to go flat against the wall, do make sure the skirting cut-out clears your room skirting. You can have the side skirts cut short - or long if you want to trim them to fit your room skirting.
If you are making a fully fitted unit then you will need to measure to the millimetre and plan how to fit it. You will also need to understand how square and plumb your walls are.
Bookcase are available in the following finishes: Unpainted, primed, top-coated or wood veneer or a combination.
When installing any fitted furniture you can choose unpainted to save money. However, we would recommend using the primed option and just brush in the top coat on site. You can apply any normal satin or gloss paint over our primer.
If a top coat is chosen, care must be taken not to damage the paint when fitting. To be safe you can include a pot of touch-up paint with your order. For the veneers we use real wood and all flat outside edges are veneered with the same real wood. We supply these unfinished for you to treat as desired on site. Veneers can be sealed with a PU lacquer or similar, oiled or waxed. Alternatively they can be stained and given the full French polish treatment.
You can buy as is, or adapt to suit: