19 December 2014
*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!*
16 December 2014
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!
01 December 2014
06 November 2014
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.
21 October 2014
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.
07 October 2014
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.
29 September 2014
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!
A couple of our Designers hanging around the cakes!
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.
19 September 2014
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!
01 September 2014
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.
Below you can see the beautiful light flooded extension with its large folding, sliding doors to the garden and roof lights.
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!
07 August 2014
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.
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.
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.
11 October 2019
The smart, handless style is the perfect choice for a busy family that like to entertain, as all the essentials are kept hidden behind the push-to-open doors and drawers. More info and pictures in the Gallery https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=modern-handleless-in-walkern
01 October 2019
Introducing our latest Handmade in Hitchin project. We are very proud of this Kitchen Diner conversion from a small galley kitchen.
More images and info here “https://www.planetfurniture.co.uk/gallery/album.php?s=modern-shaker-kitchen-diner”. Check it out!
21 March 2019
It will be down to personal taste and/or the style of your house whether you opt for a sleek, contemporary style or a traditional, classic design. However the architectural style of your home needn’t dictate the design of your kitchen. We know that a contemporary kitchen can complement the original features of a Victorian home – good proportions, large windows, original tiles and floorboards can offer a great contrast to a smart, handleless finish. Equally a new build home or conversion can benefit from the classic, established look of the more traditional style of kitchen with a muted colour palette. Either way the key to its success will be the way your kitchen designer is sympathetic to the setting of your home.
Here at Planet we often mix up the styles by incorporating high-tech appliances and up-to-the-minute worktops and splashbacks to the well-loved Shaker style.
The design, space and colour scheme of this kitchen have all been thoughtfully considered to accommodate a large, traditional solid oak dining table – a feature which has dictated the classic Shaker style. Limestone flooring, framed cabinets and a muted colour palette all reflect a bygone era but are complemented by the contemporary appliances and finishes. The Antiqued Mirror splashback with gold backing helps to elevate this classic Shaker out-of-the-ordinary and the Lacanche Macon Range Cooker in Mandarin adds warmth and personality. The large Liebherr fridge freezer in Stainless Steel show how old and new can work effectively together.
This contemporary, super-smart kitchen was designed to fit a new extension and with the open space of the garden in mind. The understated, bespoke kitchen design means the focus is on the outdoors when the bi-folds are open or through the expanse of glass in the colder months. Keeping it contemporary, the handless cabinets have been hand painted in F&B’s All White and Little Greene’s Dock Blue. Again, adding a mix of old to the new, the wide planked Oak breakfast bar provides a warm, tactile contrast whilst the integrated Miele appliances inset unobtrusively on the Quartz worktop ensure the sleek, uncluttered finish is maintained.
A real feature of this family kitchen is the bespoke extra-large pantry which was commissioned as a drinks cabinet with integrated wine cooler. Serving both functional and visual purposes it’s designed in the same handless style as the kitchen cabinets with bi-fold doors and painted in the same F&B Old White. Very modern and very suited to its setting
30 January 2019
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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.”
29 September 2018
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.
ORGANISATION & PLANNING – WHAT 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!
13 August 2018
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!
24 July 2018
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!