Jacob Littlejones, Staffordshire furniture maker

Staffordshire furniture maker and craftsman

As a sole trader, Staffordshire furniture maker Jacob Littlejones designs, manufactures and instals all his projects with his own hands, from fitted kitchens to free-standing pieces of furniture.

Sustainably sourced wooden furniture

Jacob is committed to using high quality materials from sustainable sources. All wood and sheet materials are sourced from timber merchants that display the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp, ensuring they meet the highest environmental and social standards, or are from locally grown and well managed woodland on the Staffordshire Shropshire border. Here the wood is felled, converted and seasoned at the estate’s sawmill Shelmore Timber, ensuring as low road miles as possible. After the tree has been converted to boards, Jacob is also lucky enough to hand select each piece from the estate.

Jacob Littlejones and Nicky Hancock
Jake and Homeward Studio owner Nicky

How to commission a piece of bespoke furniture

The process of commissioning a kitchen or piece of furniture from Jacob will usually start with an initial email from the client, ideally with as much information as possible. This might include styles, inspiration photos of the space where the furniture is going to sit or stand, as well as rough measurements of the furniture or the space it’s going to occupy.

A ballpark budget and rough time scale will be established as soon as possible. This will usually be followed up with either the client visiting the workshop or a home visit to discuss the project requirements in more depth and take any measurements.

If the area where the furniture is to be located has not yet been built, Jacob can work off plan.

Jacob will produce working drawings to confirm the design and dimensions, along with a firmer estimate and timescale. For kitchen projects, there will be a £275 fee to produce hand-drawn elevation designs. This will be payable before drawing commences and will include revisions.

Before starting the project, Jacob will ask for a 50% deposit. Final payment will be made on delivery and installation of the project.

Jacob usually takes on one kitchen project a year depending on its size. A kitchen project typically takes 3-4 months of workshop time. The design and any revisions have to be confirmed in advance of this period.

26 years of experience as a furniture maker

After obtaining a City and Guilds qualification in Cabinet Making from the Manchester College of Art and Technology, Jacob went on to do a Higher National Diploma in Furniture Design, followed by a degree in 3D Design (examples below). 

After graduating, Jacob went on to gain experience in cabinet making at various workshops around the country including Mark Whitely, making furniture for David Linley in Whitby, Mark Stephens Furniture in West London and Edwin Lock Furniture in Brighton.

After 10 years’ experience in other workshops, in 2006 Jacob returned to his home county to set up his own workshop, Jacob Littlejones Furniture.

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