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  • 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 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
    Hitchin
    Hertfordshire
    SG5 2DE

    RSVP: tweet us @planetkitchens or email us on info@planetfurniture.co.uk

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Coming Soon! New Contemporary Kitchen Range

    Things have been pretty busy here at Planet of late! We’ve been lucky enough to have been working on lots of lovely projects and we’re currently in the middle of an exciting showroom refurbishment to make way for some new furniture that we can’t wait to tell you about!

    In addition to our handmade furniture we have decided to expand our contemporary range and in conjunction with a German manufacturer will be offering an exciting new product, some examples of which you can see below.

    The stylish new range is built to the highest standards and features all the latest technologies that you would expect from your kitchen. There is a large selection of stunning door styles on offer which allows for endless design possibilities and options in a range of superior materials and finishes.

    Do let us know what you think of the new furniture and if you’d like to know more then please get in touch.

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  • Join Our Team - Senior Cabinetmaker Position

    Join Our Team - Senior Cabinetmaker Position

    We’re recruiting!

    Job Vacancy – Senior Cabinet Maker/Skilled Joiner

    Ideal cabinetmaker candidates will have a high level of attention to detail, be motivated, proactive and have a positive attitude. You will be joining a talented team of experienced cabinetmakers who have years of experience making bespoke kitchens.

    Skills to include:

    • Excellent knowledge & skill of traditional joinery techniques to produce handmade, high-end cabinetry, including producing & constructing hardwood framing
    • Set up and operation of various woodworking machines & use of various hand tools to produce bespoke cabinetry
    • Install of hardware such as hinges, various internal mechanisms and drawer runners
    • Knowledge & experience working with different timbers/hardwoods and panel material
    • Happy to chip in with other ad hoc duties, when necessary, including deliveries of kitchens
    (this involves some heavy lifting).
    • Excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to read and understand drawings
    • Full UK driver’s license

    Planet Furniture is a small family run business, based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Each member of the team plays an essential role in the smooth running of the company, from design to manufacturing to final installation.

    This is a full time role – Our workshop operates Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

    Package:
    Competitive salary (depending on experience).
    Company pension
    On-site parking
    Discretionary performance related bonus

    If you are interested in joining the team at Planet Furniture, please send your CV to us at info@planetfurniture.co.uk

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  • Another stunning project in a Grade II listed home

    Another stunning project in a Grade II listed home

    The heritage of the building meant one of walls couldn’t be removed so instead we made a feature out it by designing an additional eating area. The breakfast peninsula looks a natural (and useful!) part of the whole scheme.
    The Layon Shaker style of the cabinetry combined with the subtle colour palette is classic and timeless but it’s the details that elevate the overall scheme. Note the matt black Quooker Flex tap – an eye-catching contrast to the neutral colours of the worktop and walls and nicely balanced with the black peninsula. The Hand Silvered Antiqued Mirror splashback adds a touch of glamour and together with the Range Cooker is beautifully framed by the mantle with large supporting corbels. At Planet we love a nice handle and these are no exception. The Antiqued Satin Lacquer handles by Armac Martin complement the Elephant’s breath paintwork and manage to look both contemporary and traditional.
    As always, what’s behind the cupboard doors is just as important as the aspects on view. The interiors and dovetail drawers are hand crafted from Oak using traditional joinery techniques which will stand the test of time.

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  • Smart new Kitchen Extension with utility and boot rooms

    Smart new Kitchen Extension with utility and boot rooms

    We are very proud to introduce our latest project – a large open kitchen with utility and boot rooms that do everything they should, and more! The super-smart, Shaker kitchen includes all sorts of classic Planet features; deep, accessible dove tail drawers, beautiful yet functional kitchen island, cocktail cabinet with bespoke wine racks and hand-built cabinetry that’s built to last.
    The classic pairing of dark navy and bright white is a winning combination which will stand the test of time whilst looking fresh and contemporary.
    And, who would object to all the Xmas prep if you had this utility room to work in? The large, spacious farmhouse sink with Quooker Flex tap are just what you need for messy pans (and dogs!) and the hanging rail above the worktop is genius for hanging freshly ironed shirts. We give the design of our utility rooms as much thought as we do the kitchen as it’s such a functional space – known by some as the engine room of a family home!

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  • Traditional never looked so good!

    Traditional never looked so good!

    We love the pairing of the modern marble worktops and splashback with the rich and atmospheric ‘Minster Green’. The contrasts in colour and texture look stunning and the Aga range cooker looks properly at home in this classic setting.
    All the details have been carefully considered; the Armac Martin handles in Burnished Brass, the taps in Satin Brass and the Perrin & Rowe Belfast Sink all tap into the Victorian era yet the modern touches provide all the convenience without looking out of place.
    The bespoke dresser combines classic styling with modern touches to create a stand-alone piece of furniture that is perfect for displaying favourites pieces and family photos. Using the same paint colour and work top unifies the whole look.
    Moving into the spacious utility room, the bespoke cabinets (again, in a Layon Shaker style) but this time hand painted in Treron – another traditional colour but softer and accented with the pretty pink tiling. The run of tall cabinets and open shelving unit are designed to be functional in a room that needs different considerations than a kitchen. Together with the shelving and hanging hooks there’s a place for everything and everything has its place.

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  • Large Open Kitchen with Walk-In Wine Room!

    Large Open Kitchen with Walk-In Wine Room!

    The large cabinets designed in the Inframe Cockbead Shaker style (in the kitchen) are the real feature of this project. Hand built and painted in Off Black, the detailed beading is classic and traditional yet with the beautiful Armac Martin handles and colour choice, the overall look is timeless and contemporary in equal measure. Complementing the entire look are the Perrin & Rowe taps in English Bronze and the Range Cooker in Matt Graphite with Bronze Trim.

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  • New Project to view in Letchworth

    New Project to view in Letchworth

    As always, our bespoke kitchens are designed and built to suit lifestyle and family needs and this one is no exception. Plenty of island seating and really importantly, lots of room to move around it. Large cabinets and deep drawers for convenient storage plus accessible shelving for cook books and a wine fridge perfectly positioned for the cook! Look closely and you’ll see that the larder is shallow in depth. This was deliberately (and cleverly!) designed to accommodate a large beam behind the back of the cabinet, yet still allows this run of cabinets to look balanced.
    We’re loving the distinctive brass handles by Armac Martin against the Hardwicke White paint colour on the cabinetry – along with the Hand Silvered Antiqued mirror splashback there’s plenty of up-to-the-minute design details which ensure this classic shaker is contemporary yes classic in equal measure.

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  • Lovely treats from Quooker!

    Lovely treats from Quooker!

    It was a lovely end-of-the-week treat to receive a visit from Quooker who teamed up with Smart Bar, to bring us some delicious Quooker goodies. At Planet we love their taps so were delighted to be part of this promo to mark their much anticipated re-opening.

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  • How our business has continued throughout COVID-19

    How our business has continued throughout COVID-19

    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.
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    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!

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