History - About Diy Kitchens

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First kitchen produced

Originally established in Yorkshire as a small showroom outfit, manufacturing and supplying a single kitchen at a time.


First factory

Our first showroom and factory was a 1490 sq ft building located at Castlereagh Street in Barnsley.


Prestigious developers

By 1985, we had moved into a 10,000 sq ft factory and by this time had a growing list of trade customers. Some of our early customers were local high-quality house builders and national companies like Mclean Homes and Charles Church, amongst many other prestigious developers. In our new 10,000 sq ft factory, we also had a retail showroom and an increasing customer base of trade and retail customers. The company had a good reputation for excellent quality, at the right price. 1985 was also the year that we became a limited company.


Glue and dowel

1986 was the year that we produced our first glued and dowelled carcase, followed by the introduction of veneered panels and accessories, all produced in-house. Since its creation, the company had always produced carcasses with matching visible gables.


Colour coordinated cabinet

By the end of 1988, we started providing our customers with 18mm, fully colour coordinated cabinets. We have now increased our range to 18 colours and over 900 standard units, the most the kitchen industry has to offer!


Custom colours

In 1993, we began spraying kitchens to any colour match requested. This let our customers create the kitchen of their dreams. We were also the first in the UK to purchase a Ligmatech through feed automatic carcase press with handling equipment. This increased production substantially, alongside newly installed CNC drilling machines.


Purpose built

In 1996, we acquired the first of our two current sites near Pontefract. An industry leading, 26,000 sq ft, purpose-built manufacturing facility.


Smooth painting

By 1997, we again led the industry by investing in several pieces of machinery. This included a spindle moulder and CNC equipment, allowing us to manufacture solid wood and smooth painted kitchen doors in the UK, which is quite unique.


Preparing for the future

In 1999, we bought new machines that allowed us to increase solid wood door production, as well as giving us the ability to manufacture our unique foil wrapped doors.


Taking our kitchens online

In the first few years of the new millennium, the much loved DIY Kitchens website was launched. Initially supplying kitchen doors, handles, and accessories direct to the public online.


Our first online kitchen

After much customer demand, we sold our first complete kitchen online in the summer of 2004.


Our unique showroom

In 2007, we built an 8,000 sq ft, free-standing showroom in the grounds of our manufacturing facility near Pontefract. This was to help provide customers with the opportunity to experience the superior quality of our kitchens first hand. Each year we re-fit and develop areas our showroom to demonstrate industry trends and innovations. During this period, we also invested over £1.3 million in new equipment at the Unit 26 plant, including more efficient sawing, edging and drilling machinery, to increase production.


Expanding for the future

During October 2009, we acquired a 47,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in South Kirkby, just 100m from our first site.


Improving our doors

Following this, £1 million was invested in several pieces of hi-tech door production machinery. This included a Burkle membrane press, several Biesse machines (including a saw), a CNC router and an automated storage and retrieval system.


Most advanced in UK

During 2011, our manufacturing facilities were expanded by 20,000 sq ft to house a new £1.5 million automated cabinet assembly line, the most advanced in the UK capable of producing over 100,000 cabinets per year.


Investing in automation

Going into 2012, a further £3 million was invested in automation, allowing us to speed up packaging and dispatch of all our kitchen units.


Unrivaled paint finish

In 2013, we built a 6,500 sq ft factory extension to house three robotic paint spraying lines to further improve the quality of our door finishes.


Customers love bespoke

Going into 2014, we installed yet another spray line to help keep ahead of increasing customer demand for bespoke painted kitchens.


State of the art

We continue to lead the kitchen industry with our new, 10 acre, 152,000 sq ft manufacturing facility near Leeds. This site allows us to give customers the choice and quality they've come to expect, but faster than ever before. To take kitchen manufacturing to a new level, over £12 million has been invested in our ground breaking rigid cabinet production facility. Much of the machinery is bespoke, having been designed and specified by us. The new cabinet assembly line includes 8 robots and is the longest line in Ligmatech Germany's history. It's capable of producing a rigid cabinet every 20 seconds and is almost 500m long, that's the length of 5 football pitches!


A proud day

In the summer of 2017, we were proud to welcome UK Prime Minister, Theresa May. The event was attended by BBC, Sky and ITV News channels, amongst many others from the media. The Prime Minister toured our manufacturing facilities, followed by a nationally televised speech and question & answer session, enthusiastically participated in by many of our team.


Putting our customers first

Investing in people is an essential part of what we do. As our business grows, we are always expanding our team to ensure product quality remains consistently high. Many of our staff have been with us since 1981. These experienced employees pass down the knowledge they have gained, ensuring continuity of skills and high standards. During 2018, we created our first purpose built customer support centre. With this modern facility, we look to build on our hard earned national reputation, to create a team that's second to none. We also further cemented our reputation by becoming the Which? Best Kitchen Brand and by being presented with the Houzz Award for Customer Support.


Pushing colour forward

We invested a further £3.5 million into automatic paint spraying lines in 2018. During 2019 and beyond, this will allow us to double our output capacity and further push quality levels. With 6 lines in operation, we now have more paint spray capacity than any other UK kitchen manufacturer. Further expansion of the business meant we outgrew our logistics facilities. So, in 2018 we opened our group Logistics Centre. Along with large investments in a new fleet of delivery vehicles and intelligent stock systems, the new facility will allow us to continue to meet the demand from our customers.