Archive of: 2014

  • We will be closed over the Christmas period from 12pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014 until Monday 5th January 2015. Don't Forget our Winter Sale throughout January!!

    *Planet Furniture Christmas Period Closure

    We will be closed over the Christmas period from 12pm Tuesday 23rd December until Monday 5th January 2015.

    Don’t forget to take advantage of our Winter Sale!*

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  • Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

    Well what another busy year it’s been! We’ve been lucky enough to work on some amazing projects and meet some lovely new clients.

    Our showroom has evolved to reflect the new next125 and ‘C’ Collection ranges which we are now offering and have been well received and we’re excited to work on more of these ranges in the new year.

    Over the festive period we will be closed from 12pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will re-open on Monday 5th January.

    We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our Customers past and present a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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  • Planet Furniture Winter Sale Starts Today!

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  • Window Treatment Ideas for your Home

    As you know here at Planet we love nothing more than designing fabulous furniture to suit your home! Once we have finished our part, we’re often asked to recommend a place which can help with the interior furnishings and this is where our friends at Gilroy Interiors come in.

    We’re probably asked the most about paint and window treatments, windows are often the focus of a room and with so many furnishing options available its hard to know where to start. Gilroy Interiors have a beautiful showroom based in the market square in Hitchin and will help and guide you through the number of choices available. They have been kind enough to share with us below some inspirational photo’s based on different window types.

    This pretty roman blind draws your eye and is perfect in this country style kitchen.

    The pretty fabrics are also continued on the table and seat cushions, bringing the whole scheme together.

    Folding sliding doors are still so popular and can be dressed in a variety of ways such as with a beautiful single curtain on a hidden track…

    or these overlapping fabric panels are a striking alternative.

    The pretty sheer patterned roller blind is perfect for these french doors and still allows light through giving a soft effect.

    And finally we thought we would include our own shutters here in the showroom which were also from Gilroy Interiors and we’re very happy with them! Shutters are a really popular option and can work in both a traditional and contemporary setting with their smart and clean look.

    Well we hope this gives you a few ideas for finishing off your scheme. If you do require any further information then please get in touch with Gilroy Interiors and they’ll be more than happy to help.

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  • Beautiful Modern New Build with High Gloss Kitchen

    We have an exciting new build to show you today, with many beautiful features including a white high gloss kitchen by Planet. The brief for the build was to create a modern family home which was achieved by using plenty of contemporary finishes such as glass and stone. The large windows and feature skylight flood the house with light which also adds to the spacious modern feel.

    The imposing front façade of the house.

    The large entrance hall has a dramatic glass ceiling above which brings light into the space.

    The stunning skylight and glass floor in the landing floods light into the entrance hall below.

    The large kitchen space is zoned into different areas by use of furniture and feature lighting creating a wonderful place to gather and entertain and take in the wonderful views of the garden.

    The kitchen itself features white high gloss Parapan doors with walnut accents complimented by a beautiful Corian work surface. It has a combination of base units, lift-up wall units and a full height storage wall maximising the amount of space available. It also has a large sit at breakfast bar and state of the art stainless steel appliances from Miele.

    The breakfast bar showcases the capabilities of Corian beautifully with its curved design.

    The area has a great chill out sofa space…

    and a large dining area for entertaining.

    The stunning view of the house from the garden.

    What do you think of the style of this house? Do you like the contemporary look and feel or would you prefer something more traditional? We’d love to hear what you think.

    Here at Planet Furniture we provide a range of furniture styles so we’re sure to have something to suit you, call us today for a free no obligation design quotation.

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  • New C Collection Now Available!

    Today we’d like to share with you more exciting changes taking place here at Planet! In conjunction with the same German manufacturer, we’re now offering a new competitive range called The C Collection.

    The collection offers more choice here at Planet and although an alternative to our luxury hand-built and high-end Next125 ranges, neither design, style or durability are compromised as you will see in the photo’s below. It offers great versatility due to it’s vast range of door styles, colours and cabinet sizes which are all made to order. The collection is available in 28 beautiful colours from muted to vibrant so whatever your taste there’s sure to be one to suit you.

    Look out for our new displays in the showroom next door which will be on their way very soon! These will include country and contemporary style kitchens, storage, bedroom and home office furniture, once again demonstrating the versatility of this beautiful product.

    We hope you like the new C Collection, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you require any further information then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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  • Macmillan Coffee Morning

    We would like to say a big thank you to all those who came to our Macmillan Coffee Morning last week. We managed to raise over £250 so we are really thrilled and we had a lot of fun (and cake!) in the process!

    As you can see there were plenty of delicious treats to choose from and we’d like to thank our bakers who contributed!

    The cakes are ready for their close up before they’re gone!

    Tea anyone?!

    A couple of our Designers hanging around the cakes!

    Going fast!

    Just a little bit more cake then…

    Our lovely Leanne and Russell outside the showroom, ready for their cake run into town!

    Seeking out cake buyers…

    Bingo! We managed to sell the rest of our cakes in the town, helping us raise even more money for Macmillan.

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  • Macmillan Coffee Morning - Friday 26th September!

    Good Morning!

    We’d like to invite you to our coffee morning on Friday 26th September at 10.30am at our showroom in Hitchin. There will be coffee, cake, games, a raffle and the chance to have a good old natter!

    It’s all in aid of Macmillan Cancer so why not pop in, we hope to see you there!

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  • Beautiful Storm Grey Shaker Kitchen

    We have one of our recently completed projects to share with you today. This storm grey shaker kitchen is part of a beautiful new extension which provides a perfect family space to gather and entertain.

    The lay-on style furniture is painted in the wonderfully muted tones of Farrow and Ball with the perimeter cabinets in Pavilion Grey and the island painted in Mole’s Breath. The 30mm Caesarstone Osprey worksurfaces contrast beautifully with the rest of the kitchen.

    Shaker kitchen

    Below you can see the beautiful light flooded extension with its large folding, sliding doors to the garden and roof lights.

    The stainless steel appliances are from Neff apart from the wine fridge which is from Caple. The cabinet handles and knobs are chrome.

    The Franke Ariane undermounted sink is complimented with a Franke Eiger tap and a Quooker Design boiling hot water tap. The island is given extra focus with these simple hanging pendant lights and the under pelmet cabinet lighting gives a subtle wash of colour to the kitchen back wall.

    We hope you like this kitchen? If you have a furniture project you’d like to discuss whether it be domestic or commercial then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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  • Cool, Calm & Collected

    We wanted to share a cool, calm and collected Kitchen with you today situated in a wonderful space full of character.

    The cabinets are lay-on shaker in style, hand-painted in Pearl Ashes (also an Aga colour) with stunning Silestone Bianco Rivers work surfaces.

    The accents of stainless steel and polished nickel feature throughout the area. The triple fridge unit is from John Lewis and we designed the surrounding piece of furniture specifically to house this.

    Below is the Franke Rotondo ceramic undermounted sink in the island which is complimented by the Perrin & Rowe Phoenician Mixer Tap.

    The large kitchen area is further accentuated by the tall vaulted ceiling with stunning oak beams. The back wall features two Neff CircoTherm built-under ovens with a Neff Flexinduction hob and the bespoke canopy holds the Miele integrated extractor neatly.

    Light floods through the beautiful arched window below.

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on this kitchen. If you would be interested in finding out more about us and how we can help you with a future project then please get in touch.

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  • Kitchen Storage - And How To Approach It

    Kitchen Storage - And How To Approach It

    No matter what size of kitchen you are planning the storage aspect is of paramount importance. What you want or need is likely to form the basis of the whole design, so it’s worth thinking about it right at the start. There are lots of aspects to consider; accessibility, cost, organization – and of course, the aesthetics – to display or not to display? Some people want everything hidden away and every surface clutter-free. Others like a more homely feel with crockery and cook books on show. But, probably the most important thing to consider is how much storage you need or can afford and this is likely to come down to life-style considerations and how many people are in your home.

    ACCESSIBILITY
    So, let’s start with accessibility as this is probably the most discussed and requested aspect of our bespoke kitchens.
    We’re finding that there’s a growing demand for drawers instead of shelved-based cupboards as they provide easy access to those hard to reach corners. They look streamlined and, if they replace wall cupboards, entirely, they can make a kitchen feel far more spacious. Deep drawers with dividers can keep pans and plates nicely organised and easily accessible. Quality runners, though, are essential.

    Corner solutions are becoming more user-friendly and sophisticated with different options on how to make the most of the darkest, deepest corner. Cabinets and corner drawers featuring special pull-out pivoting mechanisms can be the answer for smaller kitchens and compact spaces.
    The most recent design development for accessibility is a drop down mechanism into high wall cupboards – saving you the trouble of pulling out a stool and maximising what used to be ‘dead space’.
    So, there’s plenty to consider when you’re thinking about storage requirements but above all we believe easy accessibility should be integral to the overall design.

    ORGANISATION & PLANNINGWHAT GOES WHERE?
    With regard to organisation, we start with the basics; cutlery, crockery and saucepans and naturally recycling bins have become an essential part of the planning. But then we consider the individual’s lifestyle and preferences. For example are you a cook with lots of electrical pieces and a myriad of bakeware?
    We also need to consider the trickier items that can be large (Ironing board), awkward (think bread makers and the like!) or even the vacuum cleaner.

    Tall cabinets are perfect in a high-ceilinged kitchens, particularly for large items – a ladder to access the high points creates a feature as well as being functional. In contemporary kitchens a bank of handleless cabinets give a sleek finish hiding everything away – this paired with open shelving, to add individuality, can stop this type of space becoming too sterile.

    Inevitably most people want to conquer the clutter but this doesn’t have to mean everything is tidied away. An island with open shelving can combine function and style, ticking the box for easy accessibility as well looking stylish – you just need to be disciplined at all times!

    As kitchens become larger and morph into multi-use spaces we’ve noticed a growing trend for a walk in pantry – a kind of one-stop-shop for all food storage. Where budgets or space don’t allow for this, the ‘Pantry Dresser’ can fit the bill. We’re often asked to design a storage piece that will serve as a cook’s pantry or even a breakfast station – housing the toaster and coffee machine as well as the food items. With an integral work top and shelving everything can be hidden from sight once the doors are closed.

    There are many extras that can be considered from spice racks (to keep those small jars on display but at the same time out-of-sight), tray racks and chopping boards to massive pull-out larder systems. The inclusion and quality of these elements will be determined by budget – for example bespoke cutlery drawers and knife inserts or carved lettering making your storage really individual.

    Ultimately, working with a good designer and building a good relationship with them, will help determine how best to bring all the storage solutions together to suit your lifestyle and your budget. You are certainly not limited by options!

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  • A PROPERLY BESPOKE SERVICE!

    A PROPERLY BESPOKE SERVICE!

    We are really proud, at Planet Furniture, that all of our Handmade in Hitchin furniture is completely bespoke and made to order right here in our Hitchin workshop by highly skilled craftsmen. A big shout-out, here, for our Director, Neil Dunn whose mission it is, to produce beautiful and functional furniture.

    We only ever use the highest grade materials and finest timbers that are particularly suitable for kitchens where high usage and high humidity is always going to be ‘a thing’.
    Because we want our kitchens to stand the test of time, all of our drawer boxes are either solid oak or solid walnut dovetail. And, keeping it up to the minute all of our drawers are on soft close runners – no sticking, no banging.


    Then comes the fun bit – we can, and do, colour match to absolutely any colour required. All of the hand painted finishes are primed and receive the first coat of your chosen colour in our spray booths (think tanning salon for furniture!) and then we ask the lovely Ellie to hand paint the top coat, in situ, taking enormous care of her surroundings and requiring only the odd cuppa in return!

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  • NEW! Classic White Shaker Kitchen

    NEW! Classic White Shaker Kitchen

    We were very excited to design this kitchen with its brand new Orangery extension. Our clients wanted the kitchen area to flow seamlessly into the sunny Orangery where easy living and entertaining were the order of the day and with a utility area (nicely doubling up as well organised wine store!) out of view but accessible.
    Go to the Handmade In Hitchin gallery for more inspirational pictures!

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  • Our Director Neil Dunn under the Spotlight!

    Our Director Neil Dunn under the Spotlight!

    WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU’VE ACHIEVED WITH PLANET FURNITURE

    Growing and developing the business so that it’s a sustainable family business.

    WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?

    Winning the Hertfordshire Business Awards for 3 consecutive years and in the third year winning Best Business Person of the Year Award.

    WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP AND DID YOU EVER GET CLOSE TO THAT DREAM?

    I always wanted to make things. I was fascinated with how things worked, how things were put together. When I started my working life as a self-employed kitchen fitter I became fascinated with craftsmanship and building things people loved. As I progressed I became determined to build my own company and create my own range of bespoke furniture. So, yes you could say I’m living that dream!

    WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE QUOTE

    “All good things come to those who wait”

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  • Choosing your splashback

    Choosing your splashback

    So we know that splashbacks and tiles are there predominantly to protect walls and appliances from the hazards of cooking and cleaning but – and, it’s a big ‘but’ – nowadays the choice is so great that they are just as likely to become the statement piece of the kitchen or, at the very least, a significant part of the overall décor.
    With so many different options available designers and home-owners are experimenting with a range of different materials – including eye-catching metallics, distressed mirrors and even bespoke artwork installations.
    To help you decide what will work for your kitchen let us share some of the trends we’ve noticed in the last few months;
    Stainless steel is both practical (heat resistant and hard wearing) but also taps into the industrial look that shows no sign of abating.

    Brightly coloured toughened glass remains a popular choice for contemporary kitchens as it can be cut to size and offers up a vast choice of colours – just be sure it’s a colour that you can live with for a long time!

    At Planet we’ve noticed a trend towards mirrored splashbacks – an antique, distressed mirror can look fabulous when paired with traditional style ranges or an AGA. Also, the reflective surface of a mirrored splashback will bounce light around the room, enlarging a smaller space.

    We’re seeing more and more metallic finishes especially copper which has reflective properties and can add a dramatic ‘wow factor’ to any kitchen. All live metals will naturally patina with age adding to the rustic charm.

    For a simple, pared back look natural stone finishes are an elegant choice and very effective when matched with neutral paint colours and chalky finishes.
    For individuality Granite is still a favourite as it works so well in contemporary or traditional schemes. Polished granite is often chosen for more traditional kitchens whereas honed granite has a matt finish and can be textured so tend to suit a contemporary kitchen more. This kitchen has a beautiful splashback that is Dekton, which is a compact Quartz.

    Tiles are experiencing something of a ‘come-back’ due to the vast array of designs and finishes available – from the quirky and vibrant (used either to contrast or compliment) to the sophisticated dark tones or muted colours which will enhance almost any worktop and cabinet style.

    Finally the last word goes (as usual!) to lighting; because whatever splashback you choose, if the finish is a key factor in your choice, it will only be enhanced by clever down and back lighting.

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  • We're Hiring!

    We're Hiring!

    Good news! Our popular kitchen designer, Ruth Gray, is off to have her first baby! However this leaves us with a vacancy – to fill Ruth’s boots in our rapidly growing family business in the lovely market town of Hitchin. If you have experience in bespoke kitchen and furniture design and would like to know more please get in touch on 01462 452233 or email to info@planetfurniture.co.uk.

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  • Another Stupendous Showroom Sale

    Another Stupendous Showroom Sale

    This Inframe Display with Cockbead Detail is for sale at just £2k and includes all base cabinets and solid oak drawers, the Cooks Pantry, Glazed Wall Cabinets, Mantel and Pigeon Hole Wine Rack. The worktop is 30mm Kashmir White Granite and knobs and hinges are Pewter. You’re very welcome to come and measure but the general dimensions are; 4008mm (width) x 600mm (depth) x 2400mm (height). Finally all painted in F&B’s Hardwick White. The Range Cooker and Pink Glass Splashback are not included.

    For just £1500 you can take away this Inframe Display which measures 3200mm (width) x 700mm (depth) x 2305mm (height). It’s painted in Fired Earth’s ‘Pearl Ashes’ with Britannium Cup Handles and Knobs.
    This fantastic offer includes all the base units (with solid walnut drawer boxes and interiors), the glazed Wall Cabinets, the Chalk Board and Walnut Shelf and Scalloped Wine Rack. It does, however, exclude the AGA!

    This Lay-On Display with Curved Quad Pilasters is available for just £2k. It measures (approx.) 3600mm (width) x 702mm (depth) x 2300mm (height). The worktop is 30mm Caesarstone Quartz Oyster and the paint colour is F&B’s Pavilion Grey. Included to take away are all base units, dresser cabinets, canopy, a brand new Siemens Induction Hob (never been used, but a discontinued model), a Bluetooth audio speaker system, 600mm integrated recycle bins plus the handmade Oak spice and wine racks.
    The mirror splashback, seen here, can’t be supplied but we do have a lovely range of other coloured glasses and contemporary (or traditional) splashbacks to purchase.

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