Built for… the Eventful Life

Naked Kitchens’ cabinets are built to handle anything life throws at them – including half a tonne of horse hurtling at top speed…

Pictured above is top Team GB eventer Rhyleigh Kendle, expertly guiding her horse Grease over one of the more unusual kitchens we’ve created.

Yes, it’s a show jump kitchen – and yes, we really did build it, piece by piece, at the stables just up the road from our home in Norfolk. Look closely and you’ll see some rather unique features…


(1) Custom-made curved end cabinets including a special boot-sized shelf.

(2) Vibrant showjump-style colours selected from the Naked Kitchens’ palette (see more ideas in our guide to unusual kitchen colours).

(3) Cabinets featuring a bespoke combo of J-Groove handles on V-groove doors.

(4) Built-in wine racks for storing celebratory fizz.

(5) Shaker doors with a unique paint finish of red frames and blue internals.



    Getting real – How we can build the perfect room for your eventful life

    Of course, if you and your family are into horse riding – or hiking, or cycling, or anything outdoorsy – you don’t actually need a kitchen in the form of a show jumping fence… You need a boot room.

    Real life is messy, muddy and, occasionally, it’s mayhem. When you’re tramping in every day with a lot of wet and well-used kit, the boot room becomes one of the most important places in your home. 

    And just like a good pair of riding boots, it's essential that a boot room feels comfortable and fits you

    At Naked Kitchens we can create a boot room tailor-made for the way you live and the things you love doing. It might be a nook for hanging a saddle, a rack for rugby boots, a cubby hole for golf clubs, or a hiding place for your gardening gear. Whatever it is, we can make it for you. Because, as the Naked Kitchens show jump fence proves, we can build absolutely anything – and we love a challenge…



    Find out how to make your perfect boot room here.




    The Eventful Life – Behind the scenes


    At Naked Kitchens there’s nothing we enjoy more than getting together as a team and taking on an impossible kitchen challenge… 

    The idea for the Eventful Life shoot came about when we discovered that Lyam, our head of operations, was cousin to one of the country’s top eventers – Team GB showjumper Rhyleigh Kendle – and that her stables was just up the road from our base in Norfolk.

    As always, we wanted to build something totally unique for the shoot – and a kitchen that doubled as a showjumping fence seemed to fit the bill nicely. 

    Our head of design Jayne Everett adds some finishing touches

    The central part of the fence – representing the ‘uprights’ that the horses leap over – is actually a very unusual bit of bespoke cabinetry. To create a fence effect it combines V-groove doors (the vertical lines) with the horizontal lines of our J-groove handless style

    Eventing fences and poles are always highly colourful, so we used some of the most vivid paints from our palette – Sandringham pine green, Swallowtail yellow and Mortson Sails red.

    Just as unique is the finish of the Shaker cabinets on the ends, painted with red frames and blue internals. On either side of those we added some built-in wine racks and custom-made curved end units, with shelves for trophies, rosettes, boots and other horsey bits and pieces.

    Then it was just a case of shooting it – and getting out of the way of the various horses, ponies and a bull named Detonator…


    Rhyleigh and Grease eye up the Naked Kitchens fence

    Jamie and Alex Everett enjoy a short rest


    Detonator the bull and Billy the pony failed to clear the fence, but enjoyed interacting with it in their own ways


    Alex described being jumped over by a very big horse as ‘exhilarating but surprisingly quiet.’ (PS. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!)


    We can build the perfect bespoke kitchen for your life - however unique it is. See some of our more extreme kitchens here.




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