Features, Fittings and Finishes

Glazing process


We still use traditional methods when glazing our cabinets. Door beads are cut from solid timbers to form the decorative shaped beaded patterns that are prominent on our cabinet doors.

Each pane of glass is cut individually by hand and fitted to its aperture before being held in place with small glazing pins before a special dyed putty is applied to fix it firmly in place.

This method of glazing has been used throughout the ages unlike some modern day practises that cut down on costs by using one sheet of glass and applying bent or plastic beads to its facia.

For larger panes of glass such as those used on our Grandeur, Corinthian, Trafalgar and Regal collections bevelled toughened panes are used and held in place via the traditional methods described above.

Cabinet Interiors

Fabric backs are supplied in a moiré fabric which is fixed to a separate internal back. Once covered each internal back is held in position by small brass pins.


All of our dining chairs are upholstered using traditional webbing methods. All standard range fabrics supplied comply with current UK fire and safety regulations, fabrics that are non fire retardant are covered in a fire retardant barrier cloth. We are able to cover our chairs in customers’ own covers, but any fabrics supplied for this service must be supplied with a UK fire retardant certificate; fabrics that do not comply will attract an extra charge for fire retardant barrier cloth.

Cabinet Fittings

Cabinet Interiors

All of the cabinet fittings on Charles Barr Furniture such as handles, castors, keys, escutcheons and hinges are all made from solid brass as standard. Castors and hinges are supplied in a bright polished finish; all other fittings are supplied in an antiqued finish. However, if preferred, polished brass can be supplied throughout at a small extra Polished Brass drawer handlescost.

Leather Tops

Leather Tops of Charles Barr Furniture

Our leather tops are available in a choice of colours. Only the best quality leather hides are used and once laid in place, 22 carat gold and blind tooling is then applied to the leather surface using heated brass wheeled tools. Once tooled the top is then antiqued which highlights the leather grain texture, and when dry, tops are sealed with french polish before a final beeswax compound is applied.

Cutlery Drawers

Decorative Inlay of Cutlery Drawers

Our cutlery drawers are constructed from timber divisions that are glued and screwed into position as a permanent fixture to the drawer before being lined with green baize. Unless specified the divisions within the drawer will be to a standard format, however on request we are able to offer a planned drawer service.