8 Tips On Designing A Budget Friendly Modular Kitchen
Have you been looking for ideas to design a modular kitchen without burning a hole in your pocket? Well, we have it covered for you. Designing and installing a modular kitchen on a budget may not seem easy. However, it can be done with some smart planning and designing. A modular kitchen can be designed with cheaper, easily available alternatives, without compromising on aesthetics, functionality and quality.
Here are a few tips to help you design a budget-friendly modular kitchen.
1. Understand the Elements of a Modular Kitchen
A modular kitchen has pre-made cabinet parts. These parts are fitted together to create a completely functional kitchen. The cabinet modules are made of various materials and hold all the accessories, facilitating effective usage of the space.
The most common elements of a modular kitchen are:
- Floor cabinets on which the work surface rests.
- Wall cabinets for overhead storage.
- Stylish yet functional shutters for the cabinets.
- A countertop made of materials such as laminate, vinyl, wood, granite, or marble.
- Functional hardware, including knobs and hinges.
- Appliances such as stoves, chimneys, ovens, microwave ovens, dishwashers and sinks.
2. Understand the Requirements of Your Kitchen
Your requirements for a cooking space are unique. You will need a tailor-made design that fits your usage requirements, available space and budget. To revamp your existing kitchen give the layout some thought. Your kitchen can be an L-shaped, U-shaped or a corridor kitchen; the layout will dictate the modular kitchen installation style.
Consider your cooking style as well. Are you someone who needs an extra counter space? Do you bake a lot? Or need extra space to fit in a bigger fridge? Do you want to store your cutlery and bone china in your kitchen?
Knowing all this is important to help you choose a module based on its utility and your requirements.
3. Cabinet Finishes and Materials for Budget-Friendly Kitchens
Your kitchen cabinets take up a chunk of the kitchen design expenses. Choose cabinet materials that are pocket-friendly and durable.
- For tight budgets, laminates are a great option. They are durable, come in a variety of colours, and are easy to maintain.
- Wood veneers are a good option too. They are thin wood sheets pasted on a surface like MDF or plywood. They aren’t as expensive as wood but give the stylish look of an all-wood kitchen and provide protection against moisture and termites as well.
- Poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) sheets are made of tough composite plastic. They are installed without a substrate. If you want to stick to a wood finish, look for PVC sheets with faux wooden grains and moulding.
- Steel or aluminium is another durable option for kitchen cabinets.
Opt for unique colour combinations or a single colour if you like. Two-toned kitchens are quite the trend these days. So are plain black or all-white kitchens. You can go to white-blue, red-green-grey, or even pastel colours for your kitchen cabinets.
4. Countertop Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Kitchen
There are quite a lot of options available in the market when it comes to countertops. Granite and marble are some of the cost-effective solutions. However, a marble countertop may not be ideal, as it stains easily.
5. Kitchen Backsplash Ideas
The backsplash is yet another area to bring in some fresh colour, pattern and texture in your cooking space. Instead of plain coloured tiles, you can use patterned ceramic or porcelain tiles. You can go for traditional patterns like the Turkish tile patterns, or a graphic checkered black and white pattern. You can check out terracotta tiles, metallic finishes like copper, brass, aluminium, or steel and glass tiles as well.
6. Painting the Kitchen
Paint is a magic element that can transform your kitchen in a blink. Instead of whitewashing the kitchen, pick a bright colour that complements your cabinetry and adds a dash of personality to your cooking space. Go for a neutral shade if that’s what you like, and don’t shy away from painting your kitchen a deep hue. On a wall that doesn’t face much heat from the stove, you can install a heat and grease resistant wallpaper. A little colour can never burn a hole in your pocket!
7. Budget-Friendly Ideas for Kitchen Flooring
Don’t forget to pick the right flooring treatments for your kitchen. Vinyl is an inexpensive option that comes in the form of sheets, tiles or planks. You can also go for patterned or plain ceramic tiles, laminates or linoleum flooring. Opt for stained concrete if you prefer an industrial look. These are easy on the pocket and low on maintenance.
8. Storage Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Modular Kitchen
While planning the storage, take into account all the utensils and appliances you already own. Make sure you have enough space for any new appliances you plan to buy. If you want more storage, fix floating shelves on the wall. You can display some of your crockery on the shelf.
Accessorize Your Kitchen in a Budget
Here are some cool ideas to add to your kitchen
- Instead of the regular knobs for your kitchen cabinets, look for vintage metal, glass, wooden or ceramic ones. These will glamourize your cooking space.
- Mount a few pieces of art on the walls – it’s one of the coolest ways to glam up your kitchen. It may be a flea market painting, a few photos, or a poster you like.
- Change the fabric of your kitchen window treatments.
High efficiency combined with stunning aesthetics is a hallmark of modular kitchen designs. Our experts at HomeLane can surely help you design a modular kitchen that fits right in your budget.