Handmade Kitchens

By Thomas Matthew

At Thomas Matthew, we believe in providing something more than just cabinetry and kitchen joinery that functions in your everyday life, we believe in crafting handmade kitchens that will ultimately enrich your life and add to the subtle charm of your home.

Handmade Kitchens

By Thomas Matthew

At Thomas Matthew, we believe in providing something more than just cabinetry and kitchen joinery that functions in your everyday life, we believe in crafting handmade kitchens that will ultimately enrich your life and add to the subtle charm of your home.

Handmade in Dorset

Though our manufacturing takes place in our joinery shop based in Poole, Dorset, our quality work takes us all around the UK. We have been proudly serving Dorset, Hampshire & Wiltshire counties, and it gives us immense satisfaction knowing the majority of our handmade kitchens come from customer referrals.

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Why A Handmade Kitchen

So you can have exactly what you want, any layout or style, from classic to contemporary. Our kitchens are made from a vast array of materials, with as many clever & unique storage solutions as you require. With a variety of worktops to choose from too, we can be sure to create handmade kitchen that exceeds all your expectations.

Our Previous Handmade Kitchens

Your Questions Answered

Frequently Asked Questions

At Thomas Matthew we aim to provide answers to some of the most common queries we receive about our kitchens. We understand that selecting and designing a new kitchen can be a significant investment and a complex process, which is why we’ve created this section to help provide clarity and address any concerns you may have. For any further queries we are a telephone call or email away.

A handmade kitchen is a kitchen that is custom-made to fit the exact requirements and preferences of an individual or client. These custom kitchens are often crafted using high-quality materials and precise craftsmanship, resulting in a unique and customized product. The design of the kitchen is tailored to the specific room, floor plan, and style preferences of the customer with their vision and needs at the forefront, ensuring a completely personalized end result.

According to the Reader’s Digest statistics, an average of 11% increase in house value is observed when a luxury kitchen is installed. However, the value added by a handmade kitchen to your property may vary depending on several factors, including the quality of the materials used, the extent of customization, and the design choices.

While we may be biased, we definitely think that a handmade kitchen is worth the investment. However, this ultimately depends on the priorities and budget of the individual. Despite being more costly than pre-made alternatives, bespoke kitchens offer several benefits such as freedom of design, high-grade materials, and precisely measured fittings for any space.

If creating a unique and personalized kitchen is a top priority and the budget allows, then investing in a luxury kitchen will prove to be worth every penny. However, if cost is a major factor and customization is not as important, then choosing a standard or pre-made kitchen may be a more suitable option. Ultimately, the decision comes down to your own preferences, priorities, and budget restrictions.

In general, building, painting, and fitting a bespoke kitchen from scratch may take around 8 weeks. However, the timeframe for creating a custom kitchen can vary based on factors such as the size and complexity of the project, material availability, and scheduling. With adequate planning and careful consideration of designs, 8 weeks should provide ample time to complete the project.

The cabinets are usually the most expensive parts of a new kitchen. The use of high-quality materials like solid wood or custom finishes can significantly increase the cost of custom-made cabinets. Similarly, luxurious countertops made of materials like marble, granite, or quartz can also add to the overall cost.

In addition to cabinets and countertops, other factors that can affect the cost of a new kitchen include the cost of appliances, flooring, lighting, and plumbing fixtures. However, the cost of these components can vary greatly depending on the specific products and brands chosen.

The Design Phase typically takes between 4 to 8 weeks to complete, although smaller projects with fewer decisions may require less time, while larger projects may take 6 to 10 weeks. The biggest factor for determining this is how quick the customer is at making decisions and how far through the decision/design process they are before approaching us.

Our kitchens usually start from around 20k.

With that said, at Thomas Matthew we recognize that each individual has unique budget limitations, and we are dedicated to collaborating with you to produce a design that fulfils your requirements while still remaining within your budget.

All we ask is that you tell us your budget before commencing design work, as this will ultimately effect what we can and cant include within the design.

 At Thomas Matthew, we value open communication with our clients throughout the design process and actively seek feedback and suggestions. We strive to collaborate with you to ensure that your final design is precisely what you envisioned.

"Your home is a reflection of who you are and what you love, make it spectacular with our handmade kitchens"

Sustainably Sourced

All of our materials are from reputable suppliers that practice ethical and sustainable manufacturing processes

Quality Workmanship

Each job is carried out to the same high standard, going through multiple quality checks before leaving our workshop 

10 Year Guarantee

Using the best modern and traditional manufacturing methods & high quality materials, we offer all our clients a 10 year guarantee

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Our Ethos

We pride ourselves on exceeding customer expectations, competitively pricing, without compromising on finish.
To ensure not only the finest workmanship, but also the highest quality materials
are used in all our handmade kitchens.

Your Trusted Advisor

With a variety of  options at your fingertips, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Here at Thomas Matthew, we are dedicated to helping you get the handmade kitchen you deserve! Our job is to guide and assist you through every step, openly and honestly explaining any pro’s & con’s of each material or product in question, we aim to educate & inform you, so you can feel confident that each decision you’re making is the right one.

Let Creativity Blossom

You are unique, your needs are unique, innovative designs allow us to infuse your individual styles and tastes into your kitchen. Our designers take the time to listen, and really understand what you are thinking, this helps us to create and tailor our designs to suit you.

Our Finishes

All of our finishing is done in house, from spray painting to hand painted finishes. With a variety of colours to choose, from the likes of Farrow & Ball, Little Green or Dulux, we guarantee stunning results every project.

Our Location In Poole, Dorset

Our Workshop is located amidst the picturesque town of Poole in Dorset, a coastal haven beloved for its stunning beaches, bustling harbour, and historical landmarks. As a popular tourist destination, Poole offers an abundance of recreational opportunities and cultural experiences. 

Our Clients


"I have now completed 7 projects with Thomas Matthew. As a busy interior designer I need to work with trades I can trust, who are thoughtful and courteous to my clients, deliver on time, within budget and exceed expectations. All of this and more can be said of this company. Matthew never fails to understand that the work they are doing for me is generally only part of a much bigger project and any slippage in timing affects other trades and the schedule in general, this is a rare quality. He and the guys he employs all did their apprenticeships together, they have therefore worked as a team for years, are a known quantity and perform as a finely oiled machine. My professional life became a whole lot easier the day I employed Matthew. We already have more projects in the pipeline and I could not feel more confident that they will continue to deliver the fabulous work myself and my clients demand. Val Plummer At No 19 Interiors"
"We are so pleased with the quality of the new hand made cupboards which have transformed our lounge, As the units were built off site, this helped to keep any disruption and time spent fitting them to a minimum. The workmen were professional, polite and respectful in our home at all times."
"I had Thomas Matthew build me a beautiful handmade kitchen. The look and quality of the workmanship was perfection. The kitchen was a traditional in frame style kitchen, hand painted in French grey with corian worktops. I could not be happier and would highly recommend this company."
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