Modular kitchens have redefined modern homes. However, it’s not an easy job to design and maintain them.They are easy and convenient. Modular kitchens are here to stay and promise to make kitchen work easier. If you are confused with how to go about getting your own modular kitchen set-up, here’s a quick guide to help you make an informed decision.
PLAN IT: When getting a kitchen designed, don’t go by what appears in the store, because that set up is meant to make the kitchen space look good. Ask yourself if it will translate well into your space. Better yet, get a good interior designer to help you out. They can help you get the right blend of beauty and function, within your assigned budget.
MATERIAL MATTERS: This is the most basic factor that you should take into consideration. From material like plywood and chipboard, there can be a lot of confusion over what is what. Wood-free kitchens can be made using alternative material like steel, glass, stone and Coria. Another factor to look at is thickness of the material use and the kind of support system used for the cabinets. You do not want shelves coming unhinged because of excess weight or a child hanging on to it! Preference should be for high quality than price, as Indian lifestyle demands excessive maintenance of kitchen.
Here’s where the options are plenty and it’s easy to get lost. The first step is to identify your style of usage and then figuring out the best combination. Every type of material has its pros and cons and make sure you are well versed with the one you finally purchase as you do not want to damage your new kitchen.
THE LOOK: Choose bright colours and you won’t go wrong; after all, the kitchen should be a bright and happy place to be in. There’s no shortage of shades to choose from and you can get the colours you want to match your walls as well.
It’s not just about your kitchen being well lit, its also about the working spacing being well lit. Make sure overhead cabinets don’t cast shadows on your workspace on the countertop. If they do, you should consider getting light fixtures installed under the overhead cabinet to specifically light up your workspace.
You will be spending time in your kitchen, so it needs to be customised you suit your needs. That includes height of the cabinets and depth of the countertops.
APPLIANCES: Standard appliances in a kitchen include the sink and the faucet. For sinks, get one with good width and depth so that all your cookware can fit in straight and does not have to be kept angled. With faucets, choose one, which is tall and has a long handle for ease of use.
A variety of fixtures are available for specific items of the kitchen, like racks for the knives, plates, utensils, and spoons etc. Don’t forget electrical sockets, as they too can be given special space.