Archive of: 2017

  • 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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  • Another Stupendous Showroom Sale

    Another Stupendous Showroom Sale

    This Inframe Display with Cockbead Detail is for sale at just £2k and includes all base cabinets and solid oak drawers, the Cooks Pantry, Glazed Wall Cabinets, Mantel and Pigeon Hole Wine Rack. The worktop is 30mm Kashmir White Granite and knobs and hinges are Pewter. You’re very welcome to come and measure but the general dimensions are; 4008mm (width) x 600mm (depth) x 2400mm (height). Finally all painted in F&B’s Hardwick White. The Range Cooker and Pink Glass Splashback are not included.

    For just £1500 you can take away this Inframe Display which measures 3200mm (width) x 700mm (depth) x 2305mm (height). It’s painted in Fired Earth’s ‘Pearl Ashes’ with Britannium Cup Handles and Knobs.
    This fantastic offer includes all the base units (with solid walnut drawer boxes and interiors), the glazed Wall Cabinets, the Chalk Board and Walnut Shelf and Scalloped Wine Rack. It does, however, exclude the AGA!

    This Lay-On Display with Curved Quad Pilasters is available for just £2k. It measures (approx.) 3600mm (width) x 702mm (depth) x 2300mm (height). The worktop is 30mm Caesarstone Quartz Oyster and the paint colour is F&B’s Pavilion Grey. Included to take away are all base units, dresser cabinets, canopy, a brand new Siemens Induction Hob (never been used, but a discontinued model), a Bluetooth audio speaker system, 600mm integrated recycle bins plus the handmade Oak spice and wine racks.
    The mirror splashback, seen here, can’t be supplied but we do have a lovely range of other coloured glasses and contemporary (or traditional) splashbacks to purchase.

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  • How to plan your kitchen

    How to plan your kitchen

    What to consider when planning your new kitchen – Advice from our experts at Planet Furniture

    Where to start?

    The most important factor to consider when designing a new kitchen would be the size & flow of the room. Getting the layout correct is vital, as it needs to be practical to use on a daily basis, by the whole family. Other things to consider would be; How do you intend to use the kitchen e.g. do you entertain regularly? Do you prefer to eat in the kitchen? Which appliances would you like to include? How light is the room throughout the day?

    What are my worktop options? If I have the space, do I have to have one type or a mixture of different finishes?

    Here at Planet Furniture we find Quartz work surfaces are, by far, the most popular choice as they are impervious to staining and are more heat and impact resistant than Granite. They come in a large variety of colours and in both polished and suede finishes. But other options are;
    • Corian – this is a great option if you prefer a seamless look. All joints are virtually invisible plus you will also have the option of coved upstands and a moulded sink.
    • Granite – If you prefer a natural product and unique variation to each slab.
    We often mix two finishes, keeping the surfaces around sink and prep areas practical with one of the above and then introduce a timber to soften the scheme. This provides a more tactile, warmer surface to breakfast bars, tables and sideboards.

    What should I consider when thinking about a sink, flooring, splash backs and lighting – Any tips on what would work best?

    Sinks and taps are the most used items in the kitchen, so they should be made from a practical material that’s also easy to keep clean. Stainless Steel sinks are the most durable however they can scuff over time. Cast Iron and Ceramic sinks always look pristine, with the crisp white finish, although more care has to be taken with the enamel.

    Wooden flooring will soften the overall feel of a kitchen, but it does require more maintenance than tiled flooring. Other flooring options include; Luxury Vinyl flooring such as Karndean which provides a warmer, non-slip surface.
    A traditional shaker kitchen looks great with a tiled splashback, with the choice of darker grout options. Coloured Glass, Antique Mirror and Quartz are all great options for a modern look in your kitchen.
    For lighting LED’s are a lot more efficient than other light sources, they give off less heat, use less power and last for years before needing to be replaced. We prefer to keep the cabinet lights concealed on our more traditional kitchens, so you can see the effect of the light and not the modern fitting.

    When it comes to appliances, how can they best be incorporated into the design – banking or placing them individually?

    A striking modern look is to bank all the built-in cooking appliances and coffee machines, horizontally at eye-level. This option allows the best ergonomic position for using and viewing the appliances.
    If space is at a premium a tall vertical stack is another great way to keep most of the appliances at eye-level for ease of use.
    Concealing the integrated appliances such as dishwashers and fridge freezers behind furniture doors provides a more uniform look to a shaker style kitchen.

    So there you have it – that’s a fairly ‘broad brush’ of how we approach design. But if you prefer to come and talk to our lovely people they will consider your individual needs and wants so that you have the perfect kitchen for you!

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  • Nominated for a biz4biz Award!

    Nominated for a biz4biz Award!

    We’ve been nominated!
    We’re absolutely delighted that Planet Furniture has been nominated in not just 1 but 3 categories of the biz4Biz Awards; Made in Herts; Best Family Business; Business of the Year.
    We love our town of Hitchin and love being a local, family business so it’s great news to be recognised by this established award scheme.
    If you would like to vote for us please click the link below;

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  • How we design a traditional Shaker kitchen

    How we design a traditional Shaker kitchen

    We’re often asked how we go about designing one of the most popular and enduring styles of kitchen – the traditional Shaker. Here’s what one of our designers, Ruth Gray, said;

    Q. What is a Shaker style kitchen?

    A. It has kitchen doors that replicate the traditional way all doors used to be made using simple stile and rail framework with a recessed centre panel.

    The Shaker style is timeless and versatile giving the option of a slightly more traditional look, but it can also be given a sleeker, more contemporary feel.

    Q. Are there any colours that lend themselves to this sort of style?

    Traditionally Shaker kitchens would be kept light and neutral in one single colour, but it’s now very common to update them with bold and more contemporary colours, such as greys and navys. Having a strong island colour, with a lighter colour on the outer cabinetry is also very popular, or choosing lighter wall cabinets, which recede at eye level, allowing a darker colour on the base cabinets.

    Q. Can this traditional style be given a contemporary look?

    A. Handles are a great way to inject a modern twist on a Shaker style kitchen. Opulent finishes such as polished copper and satin brass are a fashionable way to lift a design especially when used alongside darker colours like anthracites, blacks and navys. Lighter worktops provide a great contrast against these deeper colours, especially when they are highly polished like Quartz. As well as being bang on trend they also bounce plenty of light around the room.

    Q. What about lighting – is it possible to incorporate modern technology such as LEDs or are there particular types that are more suited to a Shaker style?

    A. LED’s are a lot more efficient than other light sources as they give off less heat, use less power and last for years before needing to be replaced. We prefer to keep the cabinet lights concealed on our more traditional kitchens like the Shaker style, so you can see the effect of the light and not the modern fitting.

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  • We have a brand new showroom

    We have a brand new showroom

    We’ve decked out this low-ceilinged, grade II listed space with our Handmade in Hitchin range. This is a lay-on style with solid oak and hand painted in F&B’s Cornforth White which is perfect for optimising the light. The worktops are Silestone Blanco Orion which has been skillfully moulded into the sink. See more pictures in the gallery and spot the bespoke chopping board – created by our very own craftsmen from their favourite timbers!
    If you’d like to come and see this kitchen close up please pop into our showroom in Hitchin.

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  • It's Our Summer Sale!

    It's Our Summer Sale!

    For the whole of July there is a discount of 10% on all 3 of our lovely kitchen ranges

    Handmade in Hitchin – Our very own bespoke collection
    The ‘C’ Collection from Schuller – A versatile, informal range to suit every budget
    next125 – An innovative, sleek range of highly contemporary kitchens

    Please note that the sale applies to the furniture only and not the appliances

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  • Hard Working Storage

    Hard Working Storage

    Tall larders are very much the order of the day in this Inframe Handmade In Hitchin kitchen. The brief was to design a large, traditional family kitchen that will store all manner of goods behind beautiful french-style cabinetry. Capacious drawers, plentiful storage underneath the island and ceiling height cupboards met the brief successfully.
    Modular cabinetry, pull out shelves and an expert eye for spotting the potential in small gaps means that well designed storage makes even the smallest kitchen work well. It’s simply a matter of some logical thinking and skilled craftsmanship!

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  • New Cambridgeshire Project!

    New Cambridgeshire Project!

    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.

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  • Welcome to Walkern

    Welcome to Walkern

    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

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  • New Shaker Project!

    New Shaker Project!

    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 “”. Check it out!

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  • Traditional or Comtemporary, or a bit of both?

    Traditional or Comtemporary, or a bit of both?

    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

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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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