16 October 2015
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
05 October 2015
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
21 March 2022
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.
Competitive salary (depending on experience).
Discretionary performance related bonus
If you are interested in joining the team at Planet Furniture, please send your CV to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
03 February 2022
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.
22 December 2021
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!
15 November 2021
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.
08 October 2021
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.
27 August 2021
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.
24 May 2021
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.
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!