Everyone wants a modular kitchen to ease their cooking experience. However, how much do we know about these kitchens? Unlike traditional kitchens, they are made by assembling different modules together to fit the size and utility of the kitchen. Thus, these can be manufactured at a factory and then assembled at home. These kitchens can be dismantled and reassembled as each kitchen cabinet is an individual module and not a single fixture.

What is each module made of?

Kitchen cabinet materials

A carcass is basically the body of the module with panels joined together with a crossbar. The base modules come with plinth feet which have height adjustment and skirting to hide the legs. The carcass is the main body after which shutters, hardware and hinges can be added.

Now that we have broken down the parts of a cabinet, let’s look at the modular kitchen materials list.

What are the different kitchen cabinet materials?

Cabinet Material #1: Wood

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Wood kitchens are expensive but durable

Although expensive, actual wood can be used to build a modular kitchen. However, the flaws like knots and splinters can affect the overall design. Also, termites may pose a serious threat to the wood. However, if you have actual wood, you can take these measures to resist a termite attack.

Pro-tip:

If you are on a budget, opt for wood for the outside of your cabinetry. More pocket-friendly materials and fittings can go on the inside.

Kitchen Cabinet #2: Plywood 

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Plywood is preferred for its strength

This is engineered wood made from sheets of veneer pressed with resins. Though on the slightly expensive side, this is the most preferred material in the kitchen for its strength. It has variants like Boiling Water Resistant Ply and Moisture Resistant (MR) Ply which work well in kitchens due to their resistance to water.

Pro-tip:

As kitchens are exposed to steam and water, opt for Boiling Water-Resistant (BWR) ply, instead of commercial ply. These work well in kitchens due to their resistance to water. Though BWR is pricey, it is a good choice for the kitchen as they are more durable and also resistant to fungal attacks.

Kitchen Cabinet Material #3: MDF

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Opt for MDF if you are on a budget

A Medium-Density Fibreboard is made of small wooden fibres glued together with resins and hot-pressed. This is a budget-friendly option and can have any finish fitted on top. Since this is an engineered wood, it has a better chance of resisting termites and has a smooth finish.

Pro-tip:

If you’re going for an MDF kitchen, you can always go for BWR ply for the cabinets below the sink.

Kitchen Cabinet #4: Particle Board

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Particleboard is ideal when work is minimal in the kitchen

The cheapest material available in the market, particleboard is made from sawdust and waste wood which is one reason why people question its quality. Since this material is not light it cannot hold onto more weight. It is suitable where the kitchen is used for light cooking only.

Pro-tip:

Along with being economical, particleboard is also eco-friendly as it is made of the residue obtained in the manufacturing of other engineered woods, decreasing landfill. If you are environmentally conscious, then this is the option for you. Moreover, they are available in a variety of colours.

Cabinet Material for Kitchen #5: PVC

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PVC kitchens are not good for long-term use

One of the best pocket-friendly kitchen cabinet materials, PVC is easy to clean and maintain. Currently, PVC boards for kitchens come in two kinds: hollow boards and foam. While the former is heavier and sturdier, the latter is light and economical. The main advantages of PVC kitchens are that they are easy to fix and available in an array of colours. 

Pro-tip:

Choose foam board as it is sturdier and can hold more weight in comparison to hollow PVC boards. However, PVC is not as durable as other materials and should be considered only as a short-term solution. 

Latest Cabinet Material #6: Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel has anti-fungal and microbial properties

In the post-pandemic world, stainless steel is the latest material for kitchen cabinets and slowly penetrating the Indian market. It is because of its anti-fungal and microbial properties. They are more durable, resistant to water and rust and easy to clean.

Pro-tip:

If easy maintenance and a sleek look are your preferences, the stainless steel kitchen is the best option for you.

MaterialDurabilityCost
WoodHighHigh
PlywoodHighHigh
MDFMediumLow
ParticleboardLowLow
PVCLowLow
Stainless SteelHighHigh

What are the different kitchen finishes?

#1: The durable and economical laminate

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Laminate finish is heat and moisture resistant

If you’re looking for an enduring finish, then laminates come to your rescue and are also easy on the pocket. It is also heat and moisture-resistant, making it the perfect match for a kitchen.

#2: Expensive but stunning acrylic

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Though expensive, acrylic kitchens look stunning

Want your kitchen to look stunning? Then acrylic finishes give it a luxurious touch with its glossy finish. However, this means that fingerprint marks, dirt and stains are more visible, and your kitchen cabinets will require regular cleaning. Also, this is an expensive variant in finishes.

For a better understanding of acrylic vs laminate, read Acrylic or Laminate: Which is the Best Finish for Your Kitchen Cabinets?

#3: Membrane, a long-lasting option

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Long-lasting and easy to maintain membrane finish

If you’re looking for a mix of a durable yet elegant kitchen, membrane finish is a feasible option. It is hard-wearing and relatively easy to maintain. They are also easy to clean with a wet cloth and are not as expensive as an acrylic finish.

#4: PU for a classy look

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PU finish allows you to choose any colour you want

Not happy with the above choices? Not to worry, we also offer PU finishes for that classy look. PU finish is basically painted over the shutter and can be glossy or matte.

#5: Brighten up with glass

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Glass finish is easy to clean

You can also opt for glass shutters in plain or frosted variants for a better view of your spices and groceries. This can make your kitchen look airy while easing your effort in cooking.

FinishMaintenanceCost
LaminateLowLow
AcrylicHighHigh
MembraneLowMedium
PULowLow
GlassLowMedium

How can Livspace help you?

The modular kitchen contains modules of different sizes and storage which are picked based on your requirement and the specification of your kitchen. Talk to our expert designers to get tons of options and quality kitchen interiors. 

Also, if you liked reading this, take a look at All About Acrylic Kitchen Cabinets.

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— editor@livspace.com