A modular kitchen is a unique opportunity to equip the interior as functionally as possible Today, a kitchen set, as a rule, is a set of different modules – individual pieces of furniture, each of which has its own practical load. What are modular kitchens and what are their varieties – a little theory and practice.
Types of modules
The idea of furniture modules appeared not so long ago – in the seventies. But very quickly, furniture from separate segments gained popularity. Nowadays, modular kitchens are ubiquitous – moreover, there is practically no kitchen equipping with free-standing cabinets and shelves..
The angular layout is considered to be the most ergonomic, as it allows you to equip the working “triangle” as conveniently as possible
Standard currently existing kitchen modules consist of a standard set of sections.
- floor cabinets;
- a floor cabinet for a sink;
- hanging cabinets;
- wardrobe with shelves and drawers;
- cabinets for built-in appliances.
Base cabinets make up the main line of the headset and are most often combined with a common table top. They are used for storing food and dishes. Hanging cabinets are a type of furniture placed on the walls. Its application is similar. Wall cabinets are not designed for storing heavy items, including small household appliances. A type of wall cabinet is a cabinet with a dish drainer.
A sectional module – a cabinet with shelves – can stand alone. This piece of furniture is the tallest. Its sizes can be both standard and non-standard, depending on whether the furniture is made to order or not. Modular furniture can be supplemented with shelves of various configurations. Their sizes depend on the design of the headset..
Thanks to the optimal dimensions of the modules, the kitchen can be installed in both standard and non-standard rooms. To prevent the kitchen from looking cluttered, you can install transparent doors
As a rule, the dimensions of modular cabinets are fairly typical. Standard modular kitchens sold in stores have dimensions of 600 mm for base cabinets and 400 mm for wall cabinets. Dimensions may vary in one direction or another, but slightly.
Pluses of modules
Modular kitchens have many advantages.
- the ability to arrange modules to your liking in the kitchen, depending on its configuration and your own ideas about aesthetics;
- the ability to change the design of the kitchen by changing the modules in places;
- practicality and functionality;
- the ability to remove all things from the eyes.
Corner modular kitchens are ideal for small spaces
Before arranging the furniture, the kitchen is detailed, when it is roughly outlined where the individual modules will be located.
The sizes of modular headsets can be very different. Today in the world there are a huge number of factories producing modular furniture. As a rule, manufacturers offer several typical lines – for small kitchens, for medium-sized and full-size kitchens. In this case, the dimensions of the headset are determined not by the number of modules, but by the dimensions of the cabinets themselves. However, you can go the other way, trying to place furniture of standard sizes in a small kitchen, dispensing in this case with fewer sections.
L-shaped modular kitchen allows you to very effectively zone the room
The height of the base cabinets has a size of 85 cm. The depth of the cabinets can be different – it is larger for the floor cabinets, and less for the wall mounted cabinets. As a rule, the dimensions are within 45-50 m.
Ready-made or customized
Modular furniture can be of different types:
- ready-made factory according to standard sizes;
- custom made in standard sizes;
- made according to our own project of non-standard sizes;
Modular kitchen allows you to compactly place everything you need
Each species has its own advantages and disadvantages..
The main advantages of standard factory models are that it is quite simple to purchase and place it without waiting for its execution, which can take several weeks or even months. In addition, on occasion, a standard headset can be easily expanded by simply purchasing another module. If a separate module fails, it is easy to replace it. The disadvantages include the fact that there is no need to expect any special individuality from the interior..
Custom-made furniture is convenient because it allows you to:
- create an individual interior solution;
- has individual dimensions for the area of a particular room, which allows you to use each centimeter of the area in the most optimal way.
The disadvantages include the fact that it costs more than a factory one..
Important: It is more convenient to make furniture in standard sizes because then it will be possible to purchase ready-made facades for it and change them if you want to change the color scheme. This also reduces the manufacturing time of the headset. When custom-made, the detailing of the placement of modules in the kitchen is extremely important..
Designer modular structures allow you to independently model the interior of the kitchen
Modular kitchen furniture allows you to implement any design solutions in the interior of your kitchen It is important to arrange the kitchen furniture so that the distance in the so-called “working triangle” is as short as possible.
A modular headset can be made with your own hands. To do this, you need to decide on its concept and draw drawings of future cabinets. DIY furniture can be made standard and non-standard. In some cases, it is more profitable for the master to follow the standard sizes. In this case, you do not have to make drawings yourself. Today, almost any drawing of standard sized kitchen cabinets can be found on the Internet..
Important: In order to get the perfect set, you need to carefully measure all the dimensions of the kitchen and, based on them, develop the drawings of the cabinets.
After the development of the drawings, the selection and calculation of the required material is made. Again, in order to reduce the cost of work and speed it up, you can pay attention to ready-made elements that are sold in stores for home and repair – shelves and facades.
The installation of a corner kitchen module provides for sufficient lighting.
Detailing of parts on the material canvases is done independently. But the cutting can be done either yourself, or you can order it in the same building materials store or special furniture companies. Professional sawing is preferable, as it is performed on professional equipment by people with many years of experience. In this case, you can avoid marriage, careless performance and subsequent inconsistency of parts and work on their fitting..
Assembling a self-made headset is carried out in the same way as assembling a headset purchased from a store from modules.
Important: when assembling, euro ties are used – this allows you to make the structure more durable and stable.
Work always starts from the beginning with the assembly of the frame. Then the back wall is placed and the modules are installed in their place. After that, the tabletop is installed, the shelves are inserted. Doors are hung last.
Modular kitchens are comfortable and practical. They can become a real decoration of the kitchen and its highlight..
Modular kitchens (photo)