Modular Kitchen Buying Guide

Kitchen Appliances & Fixtures

As far as the question of kitchen decor is concerned, a lot of people seem to have taken a fancy to the modular kitchen of late. And why shouldn’t they? Designed sleekly to suit individual taste and preference as well as the available space in any home, the modular kitchen set has now become a ubiquitous feature. Incase you too wish to buy a modular kitchen system for yourself and are feeling muddled about how to go about it, here’s some useful modular kitchen buying tips and information. Modular kitchen systems consist of standardized units pre-fabricated in a huge array of materials, available in varied hues and with a neat finishing.

They come in different price ranges and thus, very easily fit into the budget of people wanting a modular kitchen system. A regular modular kitchen system will generally consist of standardized units for the floor and wall. The units are usually deep to house electrical appliances and kitchen utensils of varied shapes and sizes.

If your kitchen is completely bare i.e. without kitchen counters, you will need a box type kitchen. A box type modular kitchen is fully modular, from the kitchen counters to the cabinets and the shutters to the pullouts. On the other hand, if your builder has already provided you with granite kitchen counters or even a kaddapa (black limestone) framework, you can have a modular kitchen worked into it.

However, this way only your cabinet shutters, shelves and pullouts will be modular. But you will be saving out on the overall cost of modular framework.

Certain modular kitchen brands have fittings, cabinet shutters, drawers etc. available in only certain fixed sizes. This works fine if you require a box type kitchen because the counter height can then vary.  But if your kitchen has the groundwork in place, you will need to make sure that the shutter heights suit the height of your kitchen counters. For instance, if your counter height is 32 inches, you will need a shutter height of about 30 inches keeping in mind a 1-inch frame all around.  However, if you can’t find shutters to fit your kitchen, there are certain modular kitchen dealers who make to order as well.


MATERIAL

BRANDS
Dynasty
Godrej
Aram Cucine
Hacker
Scavolini
Veneta Cucine
Lispo
Prestig

Let the store owners also sometimes guide you on buying the right modular kitchen cabinet.You will discover that buying a modular kitchen cabinet system is all fun because each set may be made out of a different kind of material. As such, you can choose from natural or lacquered wood, combinations of wood and laminate, laminate and granite, or even aluminum and marble. If you have any ingenious material at hand, then feel free to explore your creativity to get one custom built for yourself.


For kitchen counters, granite is the best option keeping in mind our Indian style of cooking, which involves food coloring and gas stove preparations. However, if you are getting kitchen counters too from modular kitchen dealers you might land up spending more than if you bought the granite from the suppliers directly. But then again, you will have an all inclusive cost for installation.


No matter what the size and make of the kitchen, the two fundamental choices of people have always been wood and laminate for the cabinets and shutters, along with sturdy material like marbles or granite for the worktops. The modular kitchen cabinet system has many advantages. Modular kitchen takes care of important features like exhaust hoods and chimneys which are normally ignored. Repairs are also easy. The information here should, perhaps, be enough to guide you on how to buy a good modular kitchen set.


ACCESSORIES


The steel pullouts, trays and racks are sold by weight, and it will be much cheaper if you buy them from the suppliers in wholesale markets directly. The costs in the showrooms will be huge. On an average a steel pullout weighs anywhere from 3 to 4 kgs. But just because you are getting them cheap don’t use only steel pullouts in your cabinets. You could have a few glass shuttered cabinets with glass shelves to display fancy crockery. Glass shelves are cheaper and modular too. You could also go with thin ply shelves that are fitted with sliding channels so you can access stuff at the back of the cabinet.

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