The pros and cons of a modular kitchen
Planning your home’s interior design and decoration takes time and effort – you want to create a personalised theme within your home to ensure it reflects your style and personality. Every corner of your home will have to look pleasing to the eye, including your kitchen. The popularity of modular kitchens in India has grown increasingly among home buyers, both in India as well as around the world. If you are a first-time homebuyer, looking for apartments with a modular kitchen design should top your buyer’s checklist when closing on a house deal. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of a modular kitchen to help you make a better decision.
What are modular kitchens?
‘Modular kitchen’ is a term used for modern kitchen layouts. Modular kitchen designs consist of multiple cabinets made from diverse materials. These cabinets or units are usually laid on the floor and can be moved around and customised to adequately suit the size, available space and theme of your kitchen. Once the cabinets are in place, a countertop will be placed over them which is usually made up of granite, marble, tile or wood.
Standard modular kitchen designs consist of wooden cabinets, a countertop, hob, chimney, built-in oven and a sink. In some situations, the basic design will also include gadgets like a refrigerator, dishwasher, etc. The addition or inclusion of these gadgets, the number and size of the cabinets, etc. can be customised to fit your requirements.
Advantages of modular kitchens
Sleek and stylish
When it comes to aesthetics, nothing says sleek and stylish quite like a modular kitchen. Modular kitchen designs in India are available in several designs, colours, styles and finishes. If you prefer a contemporary and minimalist look for your home interiors, then a modular kitchen is the right fit for you.
Modular kitchens are designed with ergonomic theories in mind. This ensures your countertop is at the right height, the sink-refrigerator-hob work-triangle is optimally positioned, and accessory trays are of the correct size. Thus modular kitchens in India offer optimal designs that increase efficiency and promote utility.
Functional storage units
Modular kitchen designs often come with specially designed functional units for installation in wall corners and hard to access corners. These unique designs consist of several options that increase efficiency and offer maximum functionality. Think single-touch drawers, sliding shutters that roll up and down to reveal equipment and gadgets, pull-out plate racks and much more! Modular kitchen designs offer you multiple possibilities that a traditional kitchen can’t.
Because of the customisable and made-to-order feature, modular kitchens in India use every inch of available space, a big plus, particularly for those who live in smaller spaces. Every single cabinet and storage space is optimally designed to provide as much space as possible and create a better workflow. Many modular kitchen cabinets come with specific compartments for crockery, cutlery, bottles, garbage holders and wire trays for fruits and vegetables. Another unique feature about modular kitchen designs is that some cabinets come installed with a carousel or lazy Susan connectors to make corner shelves more accessible.
Quick completion and installation
When it comes to modular kitchen designs, most of the work is done offsite and is often completed in as little as 45 days! Unlike with a traditional kitchen that requires customisation, you will not have to deal with carpenters and workers who can potentially cause long delays.
Modular kitchens in India are created from core materials that are highly resistant to termites, borers and even fungal growth. These core materials are made from the highest quality plywood or MDF that is resistant to boiling water, will not warp, bend or lose colour or shape over time. Natural wood, on the other hand, can deteriorate over extended periods if not treated periodically.
Disadvantages of modular kitchens
Can be expensive
Installing a modular kitchen in India will cost more than a traditional kitchen because of the quality of materials, finishes, colours, style, etc. Branded accessories can further push up these costs. But remember, modular kitchen designs last and retain their functionality and aesthetics a lot longer than traditional kitchens, so think of modular kitchens as a worthwhile investment.
Modular kitchens look fantastic, particularly when you customise them to suit your home’s décor. But sometimes, they can also be high on maintenance. You will need to wipe down your counters and cabinets periodically to keep them in mint condition. You will have to take extra care if you opt for a high-gloss finish which tends to show up oil splatters and grease stains quite clearly.
By choosing the right kind of modular kitchen design, you will be able to infuse positivity and elegance into your home. At House of Hiranandani, we are committed to creating homes that are perfect canvases to reflect your creativity and style. Visit us today and let us help you find your dream home!