Modular Kitchens are a combination or collection of several individual, self sufficient cabinets. Modular kitchens is more cost effective than custom built kitchens because cabinets can be changed or replaced without having to make any structural changes. Each cupboard/cabinet is designed for a different function and location, based on the overall shape & design of the kitchen & site condition. Each cabinet is designed to achieve optimal use of the space and is provided to you in consistent high quality factory finish which is easy to install, maintain and repair when required.
Each of these cupboards can be used independently on the floor or on the wall or can be connected to each other to make a larger kitchen of any shape. i.e.Straight line, 'L - Shape ' or a 'U shape ' Kitchen.
Modular kitchens are ideal for homes where the need is for high quality, beautiful yet affordable designs that can be delivered and installed quickly and are easy to maintain.
You can design your kitchen and select the shape of the kitchen according to your need and space in the kitchen. The shape can be U-shape, L-shape, and Straight line . Following are the brief details about these shapes.
U-shape Modular Kitchen:-
U-shape modular kitchen covers all the three adjoining walls of the kitchen and gives enough storage space and area to work around in the kitchen where more than one cook can work simultaneously with great ease. It works well for spacious layouts. The entire kitchen area can be divided in three zones 1) cooking zone 2) appliances zone and 3) dish washing zone.
L-shape Modular Kitchen:-
L-shape modular kitchen covers only two adjacent walls of the kitchen. They are formed by workspaces on adjoining walls perpendicular to each other, so that a natural work triangle is maintained. The L-shaped layout allows easy movement and is more open even in small places as well as large kitchens.
Straight line Modular Kitchen:-
Straight line Modular Kitchen is also known as single wall or one-wall kitchen and is best for small spaces, especially if you have one wall to use for all cooking purposes. These kitchens are intelligent and clever utilization of available space, easy to incorporate into extensions and older buildings. It looks spacious.
Modular Kitchen Materials and Finishes
You need to decide a right type of finish and material to set the right tone to your modular kitchen. Following are the brief details about materials and finishes.
MDF:Medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, is a manufactured (engineered) wood product composed of wood fibers that are mixed with resin and wax and pressed into flat panels under high temperature and pressure. It is used much like plywood as a building material in residential and commercial construction. Unlike particleboard, with which it is sometimes confused, MDF cuts well and has a smooth surface that is ideal for painting.
Because MDF accepts paint so well, it is often used in visible applications, such as in cabinet carcasses that will be painted.
MDF does not have strong wood like grains and so cannot be nailed to each other. Preferred workmanship includes using plastic rawl pugs and wood screws for any joinery. MDF is prone to both moisture and termites.
HDF: High-density fiberboard, or HDF, is a manufactured (engineered) wood product composed of wood fibers that are mixed with resin and wax and pressed into flat panels under very high temperature and pressure. It is used much like plywood as a building material in residential and commercial construction. HDF cuts well and has a smooth surface that is ideal for painting.
Because HDF accepts paint so well, it is often used in visible applications, such as in cabinet carcasses that will be painted and is preferred over MDF boards.
HDF does not have strong wood like grains and so cannot be nailed to each other. Preferred workmanship includes using plastic rawl pugs and wood screws for any joinery. HDF is prone to both moisture and termites.
BWR-Plywood: Plywood is made by assembling number of thin layers of natural wood 'veneers' in defined pattern to get uniform strength in different directions. Typically the veneers are strong in the direction of wood grains and hence veneers assembled in different directions provide strength in different directions.
The veneers are coated with synthetic resin and then assembled. The assembled mat is hot pressed to form it into a plywood.
Boiling Water Resistant plywood attains its characteristics from the quality of wood as well as the chemicals used in the fabrication of the same. Thanks to their robust nature of construction the BWR ply is also termite resistant. The surface quality of these ply is slightly rough and so it provides excellent grip for sticking laminate on top. BWR ply is stronger than HDF boards and are recommended for wet zones [sink, tub, basin, counter top, etc.]
Glass: Flat or decorative glass is cut from larger sheets of float glass to form cabinet shutters. These glass pieces are fixed in metal frame for better stability and easy replacement [maintenance] ability. On request decorative film can be fixed on the surface of the glass to improve its aesthetics. The glass surface is water proof and scratch resistant.
Glass sheets used in cabinet shutters come in 5mm to 6mm thicknesses. On special instructions these sheets can be further treated to resist impact . This process is called toughning of glass and has to be specially ordered by the customer.
Acrylic: Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water-soluble, but become water-resistant when dry.
Laminate: Decorative laminates are produced by compressing and sticking several layers of paper together using adhesive under high temperatures and pressure. The top layer of paper is printed with the decorative pattern, colour seen in laminates. The decorative paper surface is further protected with a layer of strong water & scratch resistant melamine surface. Laminates are both water and termite resistant. They can withstand temperatures upto 65-70 degree centigrade. Laminates are available is several thicknesses depending on their use. ).8mm thick laminate is preferred for vertical surfaces while 1.0-1.2mm thick is good for horizontal work, table tops.
Pre laminated board: As the name suggests, pre laminated boards are MDF / HDF boards that have a decorative laminate surface attached to it at the time of its manufacture. Adding such a decorative laminate over the board surface greatly increases its aesthetic value by making it look more attractive for the end-customer, as also increases the board's resistance to moisture, and to wear and tear.
Pre laminated boards are often categorized into the two types listed below.
1. OSL: One sided lamination. In this case only one side of the board (the top surface or show surface) is laminated, while the other side is kept plain.
2. BSL: Both sided lamination. In the case of BSL, both the top and bottom surfaces of the boards are pre laminated at the time of manufacturing. This also makes BSL is costlier than OSL.
Polyurethane (PU) Paint: PU (Polyurethane) is an acrylic based clear coating, which offers excellent weather resistance, light-fastness and UV protection to wood surface, furniture. PU surface treatment is UV resistant, which make the wood paint excellent for exteriors, also has high film flexibility, which makes the product resist cracking even on curved surfaces.
Surface Finish “Gloss”: Highly polished surface finish that mimics mirror like reflective index is called "Gloss" or "Glossy" surface finish. Glossy surface finish is available in both laminates and paint. Surface undulations are more visible in glossy surfaces.
Surface Finish “Matt”: Dull polished surface finish that diffuse natural light and have low reflective index are called "MATT" surface finish. Matt surface finishes deflect natural light falling on its surface and do not show the undulations or irregularities on the base surface easily. MATT finish can be achieved in both laminate and paints.
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