Archive of: 2015

  • Christmas & New Year!

    Over the Christmas holiday period Planet Furniture will be closed from Thursday 24th December 2015 and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016!

    Our Winter Sale is back from January 2016!

    All 3 of our ranges are included in this sale:
    • Planet Furniture’s own bespoke collection – Handmade in Hitchin
    • The ‘C’ Collection from Schϋller – A versatile, informal range to fit all budgets
    • next125 – an innovative, sleek range of contemporary kitchens
    If you’d like to book an appointment to discuss your project in the New Year please give us a call!

    We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    From all the team at Planet.

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  • Pampered Chef Evening on Thursday 29th October

    Please join us on Thursday 29th October at 7.30pm
    for a Pampered Chef Fundraiser Evening
    Supporting SPARKS the charity focused on children’s medical research
    Join us in our showroom at 9 Bridge Street, Hitchin where Pampered Chef will demonstrate recipes, share tips and sell high quality products

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  • Completed - Another Handmade In Hitchin Kitchen

    Completed - Another Handmade In Hitchin Kitchen

    One of our latest Handmade In Hitchin Kitchens. We wanted to make sure a contemporary design works to good effect in a period house. So we mixed up the work surfaces; Caesarstone in ‘Misty Carerra’ with a rich planked Oak. The super-slick, chunky handles bringing it all right up to date!
    Painted in the gorgeous French Grey Mid by our favourite paint supplier The Little Greene Paint Company and appliances are Miele with a Black Total Control AGA

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  • Summer Sale is coming to an end!

    Just a few more days to go

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    For just 4 weeks we are giving up to 20% off all of our kitchen ranges

    Come and talk to us and make your dream kitchen a reality

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  • 'MOT' your bespoke Planet kitchen!

    When purchasing a bespoke kitchen from the Planet Furniture ‘Handmade in Hitchin’ range, you really are investing in a kitchen for life!
    We regularly carry out MOT’s on bespoke kitchens we have installed whether it be 5 years or 10 years ago, giving your furniture a total refresh. This gives you the option to update your kitchen and keep it looking pristine with minimal cost.

    Below are a few snapshots of a recent kitchen MOT we carried out on a Planet bespoke kitchen we installed 10 years ago…

    Our customer wanted to freshen up their furniture with a re-paint, keeping the same colour of Dulux Gardenia in which we originally painted it…

    and Farrow & Ball Parma Gray on this cooks pantry dresser unit.

    We sanded and re-oiled the wooden oak worktops

    and the Neff appliances were upgraded with a glass splashback added behind the hob.

    Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re thinking about investing in a bespoke handmade kitchen or pop into our showroom to have a browse around!

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  • Pampered Chef Fundraiser Show this Thursday 26th Feb 2015!

    Please join us this Thursday evening as we hold a Pampered Chef Fundraiser Show.

    Everyone is welcome so bring along your family and friends for a fun evening and get to see exciting kitchen tools in action! Our Pampered Chef consultant will share products, recipes and tips that make cooking and entertaining so much easier!

    Pampered Chef sell high-quality products which can be purchased on the evening. All monies raised will be going to Scope, so please come along to show your support.

    Date: Thursday 26th February 2015

    Time: 7:30pm

    Organisation: Scope Charity

    Location: Planet Furniture
    9 Bridge Street
    SG5 2DE

    RSVP: tweet us @planetkitchens or email us on

    We hope to see you there!

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  • Birthday Celebrations and New Showroom Launch!

    Good Morning! We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who wished us a Happy Birthday and were able to join us in the showroom on Saturday to celebrate! We had a great time and a lovely response to our new furniture ranges which was great to hear.

    We’ve posted a few snapshots of some of them below but further official images of the whole event will follow!

    The launch was German themed in honour of our new furniture ranges.

    Our beautiful Next125 Matt Glass Indigo Blue and Reclaimed Oak display with Miele appliances.

    Another of our Next125 displays in Crystal White High Gloss Lacquer & Crystal White Satin Lacquer with an offset raised Oak breakfast bar.

    A beautiful new country style Schuller ‘C’ Collection kitchen in our showroom next door.

    Our contemporary Schuller ‘C’ Collection display in High Gloss Crystal Grey laminate and a Warm Yellow in a satin finish.

    A built in bench seat shows the flexibility of the range.

    Another country style Schuller ‘C’ Collection display in a beautiful teal colour.

    The Schuller ‘C’ Collection has many design possibilities as this curved double base cabinet illustrates.

    Please do come in and see the quality of the furniture for yourself!

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  • The Best of January!

    The beginning of 2015 has seen the start of a busy time for us with the launch of our new furniture ranges, the continuation of our showroom refurbishment and winter sale and it’s also our 15th Anniversary this month! We will be celebrating on Saturday 31st January from 1pm so do pop into the showroom for some nibbles and a glass of bubbly whilst you have a look around our beautiful new furniture displays.

    As if that wasn’t enough news! We’re also thrilled to announce that we’ve now been recommended by The Best of Hitchin! We’re excited to be even more involved in the local business community and look forward to making new friends and working together united in our passion to see Hitchin grow and prosper.

    To find out more about The Best of Hitchin, to see our profile page or recommend us then please click here.

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  • Happy New Year!

    Wishing you a great start to 2015!

    We’re back at it in the showroom and have lots of exciting things happening! The refurbishment of the showroom continues with displays of our new furniture ranges being installed.

    It’s also a special year for us as it’s our 15 year anniversary! Which we will be celebrating throughout January with the continuation of our winter sale and we will be holding a joint birthday and new showroom launch party on the 31st January from 1pm onwards! See details below…

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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.

    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.

    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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    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!


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


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


    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!


    “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

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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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