Let’s face it: Kitchen renovation doesn’t come cheap. And more often than not, it’s an arduous, months long process (or years long, with today’s delays!). But, if you’re looking to upgrade your cooking setup ASAP, we may have the solution for you: modular kitchens.
Long popular in Europe, where smaller homes often mean more—er, creative layouts, modular kitchens are sold as rearrangeable parts (think: a block of countertop over a single cabinet, one that can sit atop a dishwasher, another block with a sink…you get the idea) that can be placed to fit your kitchen . Essentially, it’s a semi custom kitchen with only part of the price tag of a fully bespoke option. From go-to home retailers to hyper-specific kitchen producers, there are many great sources for modular kitchen units depending on your budget, style, and cooking needs. Read on for some of our favorites.
A modular kitchen OG, IKEA has been selling customizable kitchens for decades. With the Swedish retailer, you can go two routes: Working with an IKEA team member to create a fully bespoke kitchen, or shopping modular elements a la carte.
EtúHome, which we love for chic cutting boards and kitchen goods, recently launched Mod Cabinets, a line of powder-coated steel and wood cabinets made to order and shipped in three weeks. The cabinets are offered in 20 colors or, for a fee of $250 per cabinet, you can choose a custom colorway.
You may be familiar with Semihandmade, the Influencer-beloved cabinet company selling chic fronts to IKEA cabinets. Last year, the brand launched Boxi, an American-made purveyor of custom cabinets you can buy online.
This Swedish purveyor began when founder Holger Nielsen’ quest to create the perfect receptacle for his wife’s hair salon resulted in a now-iconic trash can. Some 70 years later, Vipp still manufactures that trash can, as well as two luxury kitchen designs—the V1, above, and the V2, all available in modular parts. Not sure which modules are right for you? Use the brand’s handy kitchen configurator to see what will fit.
If you’re looking to go as top of the line as possible for your dream kitchen, this Italian brand will deliver a space worthy of a Michelin chef. Scavolini offers over 20 models of kitchen, with styles ranging from sleek minimal to rustic industrial. Every design has coordinating accessories with special attention paid to storage and practicality.
SieMatic, meanwhile, keeps it simple with its luxury options. Choose from one of three styles—pure, urban, or classic—and then customize to your heart’s content through a multitude of color and material options.
Just need to add some extra storage space? This pantry upper will turn any kitchen into a well-stocked chef’s HQ. Home Depot also offers several a la carte cabinets.
Want to bring your dream kitchen outside? Head to Pottery Barn, whose Indio outdoor cabinets can be built to fit your patio, poolside, or deck. The system includes cabinets with doors and a unit to fit over a fridge (with adjustable legs for the perfect height).
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Hadley Keller is House Beautiful‘s digital director. She oversees all digital content for the brand as well as working on the print magazine. She has covered covering design, interiors, and culture for 10 years in New York. She served as Associate Market Editor, Design Reporter, and News Editor for Architectural Digest and AD PRO before joining House Beautiful. Hadley is a staunch maximalist and vocal opponent of the Open Floor Plan.