What is a modular kitchen? (with photos)

A modular kitchen contains prefabricated cabinet pieces that fit together to create a functional design.

A modular kitchen is one made up of prefabricated cabinet parts. These pieces fit together to create a complete and functional kitchen project. Modular cabinets are popular in kitchen remodeling projects and are available in two main types: upper and lower units. There are also complete units such as closets or pantries that go from floor to ceiling or almost to ceiling. Since a modular kitchen is pre-built and purchased ready-made in sections, often flattened for home assembly, it is the opposite of a custom-built kitchen that is built on site.

Modular kitchens use pre-made cabinets and other pieces to create kitchens that are cheaper than if they were made to order.

A modular kitchen can be much cheaper than a custom-made kitchen as everything is already built. The nice thing about having a modular kitchen is that it can still be quite unique because different combinations of upper, lower and full units can be grouped together to suit the size and style of each kitchen. There are also many different cabinet finishes, countertop materials and handle hardware available to make each kitchen look like it was built to the owner’s taste.

Modular kitchens are often packaged flat for home assembly.

Modular top or wall cabinets are available in single or double door styles. Door options include smooth and beveled edge or glass panel. Glass panel doors on modular kitchen cabinets are often used on many of the cabinets in modular systems to add variety, a feeling of lightness, and a place to display eye-catching dinnerware. Some glass doors may be frosted or etched in a frosted-looking pattern. The main part of the modular cabinet is called the box and most boxes have pre-drilled holes so buyers can choose the number of shelves that will fit in the holes depending on the distance they want between each shelf.

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Stackable cabinets are popular in modular kitchens as they add to kitchen storage. They are small, narrower cabinets that are stacked on top of a counter. They can store easily accessible items such as spices and coffee cups.

Bottom or floor cabinet units made for modular kitchens are available to suit many functions. For example, some have sinks included on the top surface with storage cabinets below. Other lower modular kitchen units are narrower and equipped with a pull-out mini pantry system with wire racks to hold food products.

Full or tall modular kitchen cabinets can have a single door and be used as a cupboard or have two or more doors so the unit is divided into separate storage areas. A tall kitchen cabinet can also be twice as wide. Wire storage drawers or wooden shelves can be placed inside these cabinets.

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