The Complete Guide to Modular Kitchen Materials
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?
A carcass is basically the body of the module with panels joined together with a crossbar. The base modules come with plinth feet which has height adjustment and a skirting to hide the legs. The carcass is the main body after which shutters, hardware and hinges can be added.
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.
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.
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.
This is the cheapest material available in the market, it 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 as is suitable where the kitchen is used for light cooking only.
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.
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.
Pro tip: For a better understanding of acrylic vs laminate, read this article.
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.
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, depending on the selection.
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.
The modular kitchen contains modules of different sizes and storage which are picked based on your requirement and the specification of your kitchen.
Now that you are prepped with modular kitchen materials, take a look at How Can I Make My Kitchen More Efficient? as well.
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