26 February 2021
Spring is in the air and hope is on the horizon as we reflect on the last 12 months of doing business in such challenging times.
As so many small (and large!) companies have floundered through this pandemic, here at Planet, we are eternally grateful to still be in business and to be doing well. Thanks, in part to us operating in an industry that has always put the home centre stage, which for the best part of a year has become our sanctuary as well as our workplace, school and playground! But, also thanks to our brilliant suppliers, who have gone all out to help us deliver on our promise time and time again despite the, sometimes, slimmed down workforce, and supply limitations further down the supplier chain.
Obviously, like all businesses no matter what sector, we’ve had to adapt to doing things differently and the biggest shift has been the use of tech. Whilst we might be getting a bit Zoom weary, it has been vital at enabling us to present and share designs and to carry on consulting with clients. And, although it’s not quite the same as face-to-face, which is obviously a more natural way of building a relationship with our clients, we actually think video technology will have a permanent role in our business post-Covid, as it’s proved so beneficial for clients who live a bit further away from our showroom.
The adaptions have continued onto our site visits (which we undertake at the onset of a project and then again later on for the technical survey) where our employees wear the necessary protection, as per the Government guidelines and we have to, kindly, request that clients and other trades vacate the room, if possible, whilst we complete the surveying. Again, everyone we work with (clients and suppliers) have been amazingly supportive and understanding. We’re looking forward to ‘normal’ times when we can all gather on the site, cuppa in hand and discuss the progress of the project.
We’ve been extremely lucky that the only delays our clients have had to experience is sometimes with appliances – some of the lead times on certain items are extremely long so we have to manage this and always make our clients aware of any potential delays in the soonest time possible. Happily, everything else has been fairly normal in terms of supply and lead times. Even our workshop has been able to operate as normal, producing even more bespoke furniture and cabinets than in pre-Covid times. We are fortunate to have enough space for our team of craftsmen to be spaced apart, along with all the current safety guidelines which are in place to ensure the health and safety of all our employees.
Which is all just as well as we have, very happily, noticed a spike in enquiries for home improvements, especially home office areas, studies and media units. And whilst the trend for large open family kitchens has been growing, steadily, for a number of years now, this trend continues at a pace as the hope of entertaining is finally creeping back on to the agenda for most of us.
So yes, we know we’re one of the lucky small, local businesses to be here some 12 month after this pandemic landed, and as long as people want their homes improving and/or extending we plan on being around a lot longer!
19 December 2020
The large, open plan space lends itself, perfectly , to the rich colour of the bespoke Shaker cabinets, creating a kitchen zone where the vibrancy of the blue/green pops in the otherwise neutral colour scheme of the wider space. We’re excited to see how much green is taking off in kitchen trends and this particular shade is bang on trend!
Providing ample space for sitting as well as prepping and storage, the large kitchen island with its CRL Quartz Calacatta worktop is as functional as it is beautiful. The sharp white marble finish is durable enough for family living and pairs beautifully with the integrated Neff hob and downdraft extractor.
The shelving above the sink run looks fab with the integrated lighting and adds the touch of personality that comes with a totally bespoke design, whilst the Quooker Flex Tap in Stainless Steel looks elegant against the Quartz worktop. Finally, check out the tall cupboard with its spice rack (or bottle holder) built into the door. All of our cabinetry is built to your specification so that no space, no matter how small is wasted. Genius!
29 September 2020
We’re delighted to see one of our recent projects featured in November’s issue of House & Garden. This project is from our Handmade in Hitchin range and can be seen, in full, here https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=shaker-kitchen-living-room
12 August 2020
In this project the kitchen and living areas have been hand built in a classic Shaker style which is sure to stand the test of time but with some lovely contemporary touches. The mirror splashback, in the kitchen, allows the natural light to bounce around the kitchen and the copper accents are bright and stylish and keep the whole look current. The pendants are from tom Dixon @tom_dixon11.
The cabinets are hand painted in F&B’s downpipe which is a favourite, and for good reason. It contrasts beautifully with their chalky Wimbourne White and, in an open plan living situation like this, it sets the kitchen area apart from living area.
At Planet we love combining two finishes. Here, the Corian worktop in Vanilla sits beautifully with the Solid Oak Breakfast Bar which in itself is great with a wooden floor.
The colours and finishes continue into the Living Room which unifies the whole look. The cupboards and shelving are painted in Wimbourne White with accents of the Downpipe on the back panels of the shelving. A drinks cabinet has become a popular addition to our projects, and no wonder! It’s a stylish and fun addition to the room. With doors closed it blends perfectly with the run of storage cupboards and open – no detail has been overlooked. It has integrated lighting and the worktop is the same Vanilla Corian as the kitchen. To complete the drinks cupboard a scalloped oak wine rack below has been hand built by our skilled craftsmen.
26 June 2020
Introducing our latest project from our Next125 range. The renovation in Hitchin features the renowned German range which is a perfect choice for a contemporary look that is stylish and sleek and built to the highest standards.
We love how the run of tall cabinets in a Walnut Veneer the Indigo Blue Lacquer and mirrors the wide planked Solid Walnut breakfast bar. The Walnut reflects other pieces of furniture in the wider living space and brings the whole look together.
The integrated Neff appliances gives a smart, uncluttered finish and the Caesarstone Raw Concrete worktops are tactile and functional and provide a lovely contrast to the Walnut. Once again we are pleased to be able to include a Quooker Flex tap in Stainless Steel.
This is a fantastic living space for the whole family and we were delighted to work with them to achieve a look that works across both the kitchen and living areas.
Lots more lovely pictures here “:https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=blue-walnut-next125
22 May 2020
To all of our customers, followers and anyone interested in discussing their new project with us;
We are excited to tell you that Planet Furniture will be reopening for business on Tuesday 26th May with the showroom open to you from Monday 1st June. Your safety and that of our team is of paramount importance to us, so In line with Government guidance we are putting in place the following social distancing and hygiene measures;
• Appointment only until further notice
• Only 1 person or a couple from the same household, please, at one time
• Please keep 2 metres apart in the showroom
• Hand sanitizers will be available and all of the surfaces will be regularly cleaned
• Whilst we won’t be able to offer any refreshments during your visit, please feel free to bring your own.
• Please don’t enter if you have any symptoms
We would like to thank you for your patience and support during this time. As a local business we can’t wait to welcome you back to discuss your new project and get going with what we do best – designing and building bespoke furniture and kitchens.
10 February 2020
This striking kitchen is one of our latest Handmade in Hitchin projects. The In Frame Shaker style is classic Planet Furniture. Hand painted in Little Greene’s Dock Blue, the rich colour of the cabinets anchors the kitchen perfectly in the large, open space where the cooking and living areas work so well together.
18 November 2019
This is cool, country kitchen at its best. The twee frills of yesteryear have been left behind and this classic Shaker has taken on a pared back, cool-as-you-like style. Bespoke cabinetry in a Cockbead, Inframe design keeps it classic and totally suitable to this beautiful barn conversion near Royston, which we’re proud to introduce as our latest project.
How our business has continued throughout COVID-19 - 26 February 2021
Green is the colour! - 19 December 2020
We're in House & Garden - 29 September 2020
New Project in Welwyn - 12 August 2020
New Project! - 26 June 2020
We're Re-Opening! - 22 May 2020
New Blue Shaker in Baldock - 10 February 2020
New Cambridgeshire Project! - 18 November 2019
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