What is a Modular Kitchen?

What is a Modular Kitchen?


In Chennai, there is a lot of misconception about the Modular Kitchen interior design concept. This post is intended to clarify what makes a Kitchen, ‘Modular’?

In a modular kitchen, each kitchen cabinets are made as different modules and all those are brought in and assembled together to form the entire kitchen. The modular kitchen cabinets can be assembled / disassembled and moved to another location and reassembled again. Each cabinet itself is modular; which means if you would want to change just one unit due to normal wear and tear after some years (for example sink cabinet), it is possible. These are not fixed with nails or glue which makes it impossible to disassemble without damaging the panels.


  1. One which is made in a factory with advanced machinery to make boreholes in panels which makes the kitchen cabinets – ‘Modular’. With this type, the panels are assembled with mini fixes and dowels which can be disassembled and reassembled. This is a Modular Kitchen. In this kind of factory made modular kitchens, even the holes for fitting the kitchen accessories (for storage, easy access) and hardware (hinges, handles, channels) are pre-drilled. Once the packed / finished material reached the site, the installer has to just assemble them as per instructions mentioned in the drawing. It will take only 2-3 days to install and there will be no cutting, sawing, drilling etc. The site will not get untidy with dust, debris, noise etc.
  2. One in which the panels are cut to size in a factory (with basic/local machines) and brought to the customer’s place and fixed together with nails, screws, clamps, glue etc. This is NOT a modular kitchen. The installation time taken will be about a week and there will be drilling, dust, debris, noise etc.
  3. All the inner boxes (carcass) are made by carpentry job at customer’s place (cutting plywood, gluing the laminate on it and fitting the cabinets). The laminated shutters are brought from a lesser equipped factory and fixed. This is NOT a modular kitchen. There will be about 3 weeks of site works and it gets very dusty and noisy during the time.
  4. Complete works are done by a carpenter at customer’s place; both inner boxes (carcass) and shutters. This is NOT a modular kitchen. There will be about 3-4 weeks of site works and it gets very dusty, noisy and lot of debris during the time.

If you are looking for a Modular Kitchen, ensure that you are getting one. There are many advantages in going in for an actual modular kitchen; which we will cover in the next post. – ‘Why buy a modular kitchen?

Modular Kitchen in Chennai

Mathew Easow

Mathew Easow

Mathew Easow, an accomplished technocrat with over 15 years’ experience in areas of Investment Banking, Education & Training, Distribution & Retail and Entrepreneurship.

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