Modular Kitchen is a term used for the modern kitchen furniture layout consisting of modules of cabinets made of diversified materials which hold accessories inside, which can facilitate the effective usage of the spaces in a kitchen.
A modular kitchen is made up of pre-made cabinet parts. These parts are fitted together to create a whole, functional kitchen design. A modular kitchen can be much less expensive than a custom made kitchen since everything is already constructed. The interesting thing about having a modular kitchen is that it can still be somewhat unique because different combinations of upper, lower and full units can be grouped to fit each kitchen’s size and style. Modular kitchens are easy to install or remodel or maintain or repurpose. The best thing is, it’s a design out of your own personal need and requirement, which means functionality integrated with design, hence they are a smarter option over the conventional kitchen.
The most important aspect of the design is the kind of cabinets that are being used and how space is efficiently used. In the Indian context, the following are some general points that you can consider when designing your kitchen.
For small kitchens –
- Have at least 5–7 drawers. The more the better. Drawer helps you access the space efficiently and has better accessibility. Of course, it comes with a price but it is worth the money.
- Try to keep only one cylinder inside the kitchen and the second one in some other place, perhaps in the utility area. Kitchen floor place is very valuable and you do not want to waste that by keeping another cylinder.
- Have tall wall units. The typical kitchen providers suggest wall units of height 2ft, but you can go up to 3ft. You can save things that are not frequently accessed in the top (if you cannot reach them)
- Try not to give too much space below the sink. Use the space with dust bin, detergent holders, etc.
- Have provisions for vertical units with hooks to keep flat items such as Tawas and spatulas.
Some general points for all the kitchens
- Corner Space: Corners space is critical. Do not go for any fancy corner units unless you know exactly how it will be used. They are quite pricy and may not be as accessible as you may think. Do not get fooled by the good-looking sales girl that shows off the corner unit in a showroom. If you are not convinced with any units, just go for a plain blind corner unit which will have just shelves. You can keep items that are not frequently used in the corner.
- Wicker Baskets: Use wicker baskets to store your potatoes, garlic, and onions. These items generally do not get a proper space in Indian kitchens (wives and mom know this). The wicker baskets will give you the right space to store them.
- Spice Rack: These help you organize small spice bottles that are accessed frequently.
- Cabinet Size: Every door in the cabinet should be at least 350mm to make the space properly accessible. This is very basic, but some kitchen vendor who does not plan the space properly may mess this up.