Our expert lists out the best way to put the fun in functional when cooking up a storm
A well-designed modular kitchen cab be both beautiful and practical
1. CHOOSING THE WRONG MATERIALS
If you are opting to customize and will get a carpenter to build your modular kitchen, then it is important to use strong and durable materials for the construction. Granite, marble, and quartz are the most sturdy, long-lasting, and easy-to-maintain options for the countertops. Materials like solid surface look good but are prone to scratches and need periodic maintenance. Go for BWR (boiling water resistant) or BWP (boiling water proof) for cabinet carcass. Avoid materials such as MDF or lowgrade particle board because these materials will require gentle handling while opening or closing the shutters and tend to get damaged in areas prone to moisture. The inside surface of the sink-cabinets should be lined with an inner layer of 1 mm thick aluminum to create a waterproof membrane. All the hardware and modular kitchen accessories should be in SS (stainless steel) so that they are rust-proof.
2. NOT RESPECTING THE WORK TRIANGLE
The work triangle in a kitchen, comprises the hob, the sink, and the refrigerator. According to kitchen design experts, these three elements in a kitchen should form an equidistant triangle. This basically makes a kitchen convenient to use. If this is not the case, you’ll be walking around in circles, wasting time and energy.
3. FORGETTING TO VENTILATE
Ventilation is the most important part of your modular kitchen design. A kitchen needs the air to be changed frequently, nobody wants the smell of yesterday’s cooking to linger. Invest in a good ventilation system, it will not only keep your kitchen air fresh, but it will also help keep your kitchen clean and also extend the life of your kitchen appliances.
With the right design, modular kitchens can be both functional and beautiful
4. HAVING DEAD SPACES IN THE CORNERS
No matter how far you reach out, there are some corners in kitchen cabinets that are not fully accessible. These corners are essentially dead spaces that aren’t serving any purpose unless you convert them into usable space.
5. IGNORING LOFT CABINS
A loft unit is a cabinet that is placed right below the roof of the kitchen. In modern kitchens, another underutilized space is the area above the frame of your existing cabinets. Loft units make for huge spaces that can be used to store many things. In kitchens that don’t have a pantry, the loft unit is a great substitute.
Ashok Basoya is the founder of Delhi-based store Ottimo that also retails and designs kitchens www.ottimo.in