What Is Custom Architectural Millwork?
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What Is Custom Architectural Millwork?

You may not be familiar with the term “architectural millwork,” but have you ever seen kitchen cabinets, a fireplace mantel, or wooden shelving that was customized for a specific space? These are all examples of architectural millwork – custom woodwork produced in a mill.

At R.C Smith, we specialize in custom millwork and casework for businesses. Compared to casework, which involves making boxes in specific dimensions and sizes, millwork is a more customizable, architectural approach.

Let’s dig in a bit deeper, so you can decide if custom architectural millwork is right for your business!

What Is Custom Architectural Millwork?

Before diving into some common types of custom architectural millwork, it’s necessary to look at what it is. A formal definition of the term is “all wooden components in view when the building is complete.” This may include cabinetry, tables, doors, windows, stairs, paneling, trim, shelving, etc.

While millwork is utilized for general furnishings such as shelving, storage, and cabinetry, unlike casework, millwork tends to be used with more decorative or fashionable fittings, such as intricate display cases, sophisticated countertops, or any accessories in need of a bold, distinct flair.

Industries That Can Benefit From Custom Architectural Millwork

If your business consistently hosts customers, proper presentation and organization are essential. Custom millwork services can provide you with one-of-a-kind pieces designed to enhance productivity, convenience, and aesthetics. 

Commercial & Office Environments

As a business owner, you understand first impressions are everything. Having a clean and professional-looking space for your customers and employees is essential.

Whether it’s the front desk or the break room, custom architectural millwork pieces can improve the organization and overall feel of your workspace, communicating to customers and employees alike that you care about them and your business.

Common architectural millwork fixtures that can enhance commercial and office environments include:

●        Reception desks

●        Cubicles

●        Office cabinets

Retail Stores & Kiosks

As the owner of a retail business, you understand people are visually oriented. When you display something in a pleasing or intriguing way, it gets their attention.

At R.C. Smith, we understand each retail business has specific needs. Our mission is to help you get the job done in the best way possible by displaying your products in a way that makes the most of your space and promotes engagement and sales. Our custom retail and display counters positively add to the customer experience, enhancing overall satisfaction that encourages customers to stay longer and spend more.

Some examples of architectural millwork for retail stores and kiosks include:

●        Point-of-sale counters

●        Display cases

●        Countertops

●        Turn-key kiosk design, fabrication, and installation

Food Service, Grocery, & Convenience Stores

Any business selling food must provide customers with a pleasant shopping experience, from the layout of the store or location to the fixtures used to organize your products.

Custom architectural millwork that can help you achieve this may include:

●        Checkout areas and counters

●        Coffee areas with custom countertops and shelving

●        Display cases specifically designed for various foods

●        Cup and lid dispensers

●        Utensil and beverage fixtures

●        Display shelving


Making a connection with incoming guests is your specialty, but greeters and receptionists can’t do their jobs seamlessly unless everything they need is at their fingertips. That’s why it’s critical to provide your hospitality team with an environment that’s easy to keep organized.

From hotel lobby areas to hostess stands, our casework and millwork solutions will be the first visuals your guests lay eyes on as they walk in your door. Let us help ensure your reception areas are visually appealing with custom hospitality millwork, such as:

●        Reception desks and countertops

●        Entryway cabinets and shelving

●        Decorative wood furniture

●        Ornate crown molding and trim

If you’re looking for custom woodwork for your business, more than anything, you need an experienced team focused on personalized solutions. An expert in millwork and casework can often take one look at your workspace and identify places and processes that custom storage, shelving, and other millwork solutions could streamline and enhance.

R.C. Smith is here to help you create a space that invites customers to enjoy your services!

We’ve been in the custom casework and millwork business for over 50 years and completed more than 7,500 installations. As part of our commitment to quality products, we use highly specialized woodcutting equipment from Germany.

As your turn-key solution for casework and millwork, we can design, manufacture, and even install your new additions. Please give us a call at 952-854-0711, or request a design consultation online!

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