Arena Handmade

We are a family-run company dedicated to producing only the finest handmade kitchens. Arena’s history can be traced back to Kevin Rafter Senior’s formative years as the a joiner and cabinet maker.

With many years of experience gained he opened a workshop in 1977 on Haddington Road where Hibernian Insurance now stands. In 1986 he was joined by family members and opened Arena kitchens in the present location in the docklands.

More recently, we have established two workshop facilities in Kilkenny and Tyrone to offer a bespoke product. We merge our joinery skills with computer-controlled technology and modern production methods to create bespoke kitchens without compromising its soul. Sustainable native timbers along with some exotic foreign woods are honed to make kitchen furniture of distinction.

In frame hand painting in a Farrow & Ball or Helen Turkington colours is our speciality and our designs fuse the traditional with the contemporary, where sometimes we can create a hybrid of the latest engineered interiors with a contemporary exterior.

We are proud of our craftsmanship, the quality of our materials, our unflinching attention to the smallest detail, and the reputation we have built since 1977.

Quality and expertise aside, it’s our excellent service and the relationships we foster that also make us dramatically different. Come into our showrooms and you’ll soon understand how important we think you are. We’ll listen to your requirements, take on board your ideas and guide you through the exciting process of creating your ideal kitchen. Once the design has been finalised and the finishes have been selected, your dedicated team of an installation manager and fitters will support you through the next stages. We make sure that everyone who steps into your home is trained by us, admired and liked by us, and that their standard of work will meet both your and our high expectations.

If you would like to talk to us about your project, please get in touch. We’d love you to visit our showrooms where you can appreciate the superb quality of our furniture, relish the tactile quality of the hand-finishing and experience the palpable passion we have for our work. We look forward to meeting you and we like to think you’ll enjoy our company.