About Somax Kitchens

Specialists In The Design And Installation Of Bespoke Luxury German Kitchens


Meet Toby Lister, owner of Somax Kitchens. With almost 30 years of experience as a kitchen designer, Toby leads our talented team with a passion for creating stunning designer kitchens that seamlessly blend style, functionality, and exceptional quality. His care and commitment to guiding clients through the entire process, from design to installation and beyond, ensures that each kitchen is a unique masterpiece tailored to individual preferences and needs.
“I started with a BA Honours Degree in Furniture and Product Design, then spent several years working in the family construction business. I’ve since had nearly 30 years designing award winning kitchens.

I now get to direct all my passion into Somax Kitchens, which I set up in 2009 when my wife Catherine and I had our second child and I wanted to be based nearer home in the Ribble Valley.

Coming up with the perfect company name can be tricky, but being a sentimental sort, ours derives from the names of our two children…Sophie and Max.”

Our Partnters


Customised Elegance and Modern Design

Discover flexibility in design, and an inspiring colour and texture palette with Leicht kitchens. As a leading approved supplier in the North West, Somax Kitchens offers the full comprehensive range of kitchens from this premium German brand. From the dramatic Bossa and BAHIA veneered doors to the elegant Bondi and charismatic Avenida, Leicht kitchens embody modern style and exquisite craftsmanship. Explore the range in our Clitheroe showroom to find your dream kitchen.


Innovation for Serious Cooks and Tech-Lovers

As the only Neff 5* MasterPartner in the Ribble Valley, Somax Kitchens brings you the best in kitchen technology. NEFF’s cutting-edge appliances, recommended by Toby himself, offer a perfect blend of quality, innovation, and value for money. Our NEFF 5 Star MasterPartner® status means we are able to showcase unique, top-of-the-range appliances that you won’t find elsewhere. These can be seen in our working showroom for a truly hands-on experience.


Revolutionising Your Kitchen Experience

Somax Kitchens proudly partners with Quooker to bring you unparalleled convenience with boiling, filtered, and even chilled sparkling water at your fingertips. With innovative solutions like the Quooker Flex and Quooker Cube, we offer the ultimate kitchen accessory that transforms your daily tasks. Visit our showroom to explore exclusive Quooker installation offers and elevate your kitchen with these state-of-the-art taps.

Visit Our Stunning Kitchen Showroom

Located within Shackletons Home & Garden on Clitheroe Road in Chatburn, just outside the picturesque market town of Clitheroe, Lancashire, our showroom is more than just a place to explore beautiful kitchens. Immerse yourself in the Shackletons experience – browse their award-winning home and garden collection, then indulge in delicious food and drinks at Pavilion Coffee House & Brasserie. Make a day of it and let us inspire you to create the kitchen of your dreams.

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Yes, it is.

Kitchen designers are about the only design profession who don’t charge for their services.

Historically, you could call into MFI and get a basic kitchen plan knocked up while you were in the store. However, these days, kitchen design is a highly skilled profession and creating a kitchen design for our customers takes a lot of time.

Roughly, most kitchen designs take us 4-5 days. This includes designing, refining, and preparing plans, visuals and quotations ready for presentation to you.

Although we don’t charge, there is a significant cost to us and we therefore ask for a well-considered brief and budget from you before we proceed.
An initial design consultation and measurement at your home typically last between one to one and a half hours. During this time, we delve into your requirements, discussing your usage preferences, desired layout, seating needs, appliance choices, potential room alterations, and any special considerations for children or pets. In-depth measurements are taken for precise planning.
Your kitchen design presentation will be held at our Clitheroe showroom. With a relaxed yet professional approach, we showcase the carefully crafted design, complete with a kitchen plan, full-colour photorealistic visuals, and a detailed quotation. Our aim is to impress you with the quality of our service and expertise, free from high-pressure sales tactics.
No, we have strong partnerships with various trades, including builders, electricians, plumbers, decorators, and flooring specialists. If additional work beyond the kitchen installation is required, we can help coordinate these services for you.
Like our kitchens, this is totally bespoke to your needs, every project we undertake is different. Some clients have their own builders and just want a “dry fit” where we install the furniture, appliances and worktops. Others want a turn-key installation where we manage the project from pre-project planning all the way to on-site preparation and installation. We will take all the hard work off your hands.
As a Neff 5 Star MasterPartner®, we take pride in offering exclusive products and pricing for Neff appliances. While we can supply other appliance brands, pound for pound, Neff provides the best value, and our prices are unmatched in the country.
Occasionally, and only for individuals demonstrating expertise as a time-served kitchen fitter or joiner. Proper fitting is crucial for premium products, and our responsibility is to ensure the installation does justice to the product. All our kitchen fitters have extensive experience, ensuring a lasting and well-fitted kitchen.