(we interviewed our ContractorBhai.com team member who is “Modular Kitchen Expert” . He is designing Modular Kitchens for last 10 years now.)
Q – What style or design of Modular Kitchen are commonly used?
A – Modular Kitchen comes in 3 basic styles C-shape style , L-shape style and Parallel style. You cab also go for U-shaped style or Island style Modular kitchen. These two styles are ideal for those who work and cook in most leisurely way and have spacious work-space. We then look for the position of sink, cooking area and refrigerator, if they complementing each other or not, as the positions of these 3 components helps make the kitchen an efficient work space.
Q- What is the material used for cabinets for Modular Kitchens? Are they user friendly?
A – You need not worry about the material used for Modular Kitchen as they are user friendly which are water resistant, heat resistant. You will get different materials from natural or lacquered wood, combinations of wood and laminate, laminate and granite, or even aluminum and marble for the cabinets. You can get the cabinets custom made as per your style and choice of material, but its needs to be appropirate for kitchen use. Marine ply is a good cabinet material because of it”s resistance to water. You”ll get matt finished and gloss finished in Marine ply. Either of them can be used as both are equally good. It is quite an economical material. Solid wood cabinets need a lot of care and frequent polishing to retain the lustre. Constant water contact causes solid wood to rot. Firstly, because it gets heated up easily which will make you uncomfortable while cooking and secondly cause they are prone to rusting if not powder coated.
Q- While working in kitchen, there is lot of rough handling of drawers and many a times drawers either get stuck or are difficult to open/close easily, also the edges are quite sharp which hurt. So, I would like to know if its the same with Modular kitchen drawers?
A– You will often notice sharp n pointed edges that hurt, in carpentry work. That is if you getting your kitchen furnished through a carpenter. This is because the laminates used are cut very sharply and the material used leaves a black mark at the edges. In Modular Kitchen, you will not find such sharp edges as the edges are covered with 2 mm pvc edge bending which are hot pressed. This not only gives u a blunt/unsharp edge but also a finished edge
Q – And what are different hardware used while making cabinets and drawers for Modular Kitchens?
A – You have many different materials used like, Telescopic channels are most commonly used. They allow the drawer to open fully so you don”t have to struggle when you need a jar which is at the back of the cabinet. You also get hydraulic hinges that allows smooth and easy opening shutters. You get to choose from a 90 degree hinge or a 165 degree hinge. 90 degree hinges are used for regular cabinets while 165 degree hinges are ideal for corner cabinets under L- shaped platforms.They make cabinets with folding doors easier to open and access. Smooves-a type of hinge has a similar mechanism but are of a higher quality. They are very expensive but worth every penny. Grass channels close at feather touch but never bang shut. So you won”t have to worry for it rough handling. I suggest you to avoid bottom-mounted channels, as the drawers with such channels do not open fully. At least 4 to 6 inches of the drawer remains inside.
Updated Tips on Organized modular Kitchen Cabinets – Below sink Area & Magic Corner
Storage – It’s always a good idea to store your detergents or chemicals used for washing utensils and kitchen here. Avoid have food and utensil storage here. Infact I would say that it’s a big NO. Reason, there are chances for cockroaches and other insects to live. Its best to have dustbins, detergents or utensils related other sops, scrubbers, etc. here.
Below sink Cabinet Hinges –There are Chances that the door hinges below sink area will get wet. We therefore suggest you to have SS (stainless steel) hinges installed to this particular area. Not all hinges are stainless steel which rust soon and thus need to be constantly changes or repaired.
SS hinges are somewhat expensive than other non-durable hinges. But it’s all about quality. And you need just 4 hinges, 2 on each side for under sink cabinet door.
Magic Corner – Say the counter-top is in L-shaped. You have this corner joint there. We recommended home owners to avoid picking much expensive fittings for this corner area. There’s a reason for it. We have noticed that home owners eventually stop using this corner much because of its difficult corner access. Well here’s a Value for money tip for you. Store heavy or not often required item there, say which you may require once in a month or once in two month. For e.g. many home owns have spare cylinder which can be placed in this magic corner.
Rather than undergoing this headache, we would suggest you to opt for Parallel style kitchen than L-shaped kitchen if room allows. Parallel style kitchen is the best Kitchen style of using every inch of space.
Q – Apparently,what is more popular Fully-Modular Kitchen or Semi-Modular Kitchen According to you in India?
A – You will get to see more of Semi-Modular Kitchens then Fully-Modular ones in India. The look of each of them is more or less similar.
Q – In that case, when I enter a store or any kitchen what helps me identify if its a Semi-Modular and Fully-Modular kitchen?
A – That is very easy. You shall notice the base of the structure for that. In Fully-Modular Kitchen the entire structure rests on 4″ or 6″ height , which are standard heights. If you have short woman in house who is going to be spending more time in kitchen then u may choose the structure with 4″ leg height or else 6″ is always an option. While in Semi-Modular Kitchen (work done by civil professionals), you will see a bedding i.e a raised floor which not more then 1.5″ to 2″ in height. Because of this bedding, water will not come in contact with the wooden doors or shutters while n you wash the floor.