Archive of: 2013

  • Merry Christmas from all at Planet!

    Well we’ve made it to the end of another busy year!

    We’ve been lucky enough to be involved in some wonderful projects this year and we’d like to thank all our clients for their valued custom.

    Today (Friday) is our last working day in the showroom, we will then be closed over the entire Christmas period and return on the 6th January.

    So all that’s left to do is to wish you all a very

    Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

    See you in 2014!

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  • Sleek and Contemporary Family Kitchen

    We have a beautiful contemporary kitchen for you today.

    The owners had the existing kitchen area extended to create a large kitchen / entertaining area with sliding folding doors to the garden. The brief was to design a sleek and very modern space with plenty of storage to keep the kitchen area as uncluttered as possible. To achieve this look we used white high gloss Parapan doors with inset handles with dark grey Quartz worksurfaces and stainless steel appliances.

    The scheme is based around a multi level central island area which incorporates a supporting column which needed to be retained. The feature ceiling downstand mirrors the island shape below and houses lighting and services for this area.

    An integrated wine fridge and Zip Tap sit at the end of the island which makes for easy access when entertaining.

    The bank of Siemens appliances which sit in full height cabinets are a stunning backdrop to the kitchen and the high gloss Parapan doors reflect the light beautifully.

    Below you can see the island in more detail with it’s different levels of worksurface, having the cooking and preparation area on a lower level combined with the column keeps cooking clutter out of guests view. We also created a feature display area within the column which also allows for a better outlook whilst at the sink area.

    Keeping to the minimalistic theme, the sink is inset with an integral drainer and modern angular tap and the hob is flush fitted within the worktop.

    A discreet flush fitted pop-up socket below is a must have for any island.

    As you can see below this one has 3 sockets and is ideal for powering kitchen appliances or laptops.

    The Zip Tap below is another feature in the island and provides boiling and chilled filtered water.

    As the client requested plenty of storage, many of the cabinets house internal drawers which offer numerous storage combinations.

    The sleek stainless steel Elica extractor is recessed into the ceiling downstand and fits with the contemporary design of this kitchen beautifully.

    We hope you enjoyed looking around this contemporary kitchen with us. We’d love to know what you think?

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  • Beautiful Period Home Refurbishment

    We’ve got an exciting project to show you today!

    We were asked to provide the furniture throughout this newly remodelled period house and we knew that the result was going to be stunning as the property belonged to a retired architect. We were involved at an early stage, which is always great as we can influence the design to make the best of the available space.

    The brief for the kitchen was to create a simplistic and functional space for cooking, socialising and relaxing with the emphasis being on design and materials. This was achieved with a mostly white and stainless steel colour scheme against a real oak floor which gives the room warmth.

    The client wanted a focal point for the kitchen and as the house is situated in a village with beautiful woods nearby, decided to incorporate a photo of them in bluebell season, for which we provided the photography which was fun to shoot! The photo was then enlarged and applied to the wall behind the sink run with clear glass on top for protection. This really is a beautiful and unexpected way of adding colour to a neutral space and can be changed when required.

    Here’s a closer shot of the photograph splashback which I’m sure you’ll agree looks stunning.

    The kitchen is lay-on in design with hand painted shaker doors and frames with brushed stainless steel bar handles. As we were involved in the design from an early stage we were able to recess the Neff ovens and two cooks pantry’s (at the back of the photo below) neatly into the kitchen wall. The doors of the cooks pantry’s fold back to create maximum storage and small working areas inside.

    The work surfaces throughout are white quartz adding to the modern but understated feel and the island has beautiful stainless steel legs and supports running around it’s perimeter. The Neff induction hob is flush fitted and we also designed in an integrated chopping board. As you can see below there is a cosy corner with a sofa to relax in along with seating at the far end of the island.

    We also designed these hand painted bookcases in the living room either side of the beautiful fireplace.

    They are painted in shades of grey from Farrow and Ball and have cockbead detailing to each shelf and frame.

    The bookcase below also discreetly houses the T.V.

    The bi-fold doors can be opened and closed accordingly.

    The client also requested a small bar area adjoined to the lounge which we thought was a really neat idea! Ideal for entertaining especially at large social gatherings.

    Here’s another bookcase we installed below.

    And finally we designed this beautiful desk using the same detailing as the kitchen island.

    We were very lucky to be involved in such a wonderful project. What do you think about the kitchen with it’s bluebell splashback? Do you like the muted colour scheme used throughout? And the bar area next to the lounge? We’d love to know your thoughts.

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  • Another HOUZZ Award for Planet Furniture!

    Another HOUZZ Award for Planet Furniture!

    Awarded by the community of over 40 million monthly users, annual BOH badge highlights home renovation & design professionals with Top ratings and most popular home designs.
    January 30th 2019 – Planet Furniture of Hitchin, Herts has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The family-owned Kitchens and Furniture company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, renovating and design industry professionals. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2018.
    A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
    “Best of Houzz is a true badge of honour as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, renovation and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Marcus Hartwall, Managing Director of Houzz UK and Ireland. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favourites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app.”

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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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