Modular vs Custom-Built Kitchens

If you're considering building a new kitchen or renovating an existing one, you'll have to consider the options between a modular kitchen and a custom-built kitchen. These two kitchens are often pitched as the end-all and be-all when creating the perfect home for your cooking needs. While both have similar purposes, they have advantages and disadvantages with specific distinctive attributes.

Over the years, there has always been a hot debate regarding the pros and cons of each type of cabinetry. Understanding what works best for you and your family will help you select the ideal option to end this confusion. So let’s dive right into it!

Modular Vs Custom-Built Kitchens: Which Should You Choose
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Modular Kitchens

Modular kitchens are independent units brought together to form a complex structure for better convenience. These units are manufactured in local or overseas factories. They are in ready-to-install modules and then transported to the site for assembly. They are common among households where affordability is the primary goal.

The cabinets and drawers come in standardised sizes and predetermined styles with specific depths, heights, and widths to match the current trend. Because these cabinets are standalone parts that are pre-designed, customisation options are limited, except maybe in positioning them in the kitchen.

The cabinets and drawers come in standardised sizes and predetermined styles with specific depths, heights, and widths to match the current trend. Because these cabinets are standalone parts that are pre-designed, customisation options are limited, except maybe in positioning them in the kitchen.

You may also need to compromise quite a bit regarding a modular kitchen. Since they are mass-produced, the cost of each cabinet is reduced because of the fixed sizes, the same materials, and similar designs. This results in more automation with a quicker assembly of the units.

Also, you will often find quality issues with modular cabinetry since reducing cost is the primary goal. Some manufacturers will use a cheaper substitute for their door and panel material. This is also true when it comes to hardware. This is also hard to be

Custom-Built Kitchens

Custom-built kitchens are usually designed by local carpenters, considering your specific requirements—the size, functionality, and design of the cabinets. The drawers and shelves can also be specially modified and built to suit the home’s aesthetics and space. Other customisation options include:

  • Customised drawer and cabinets sizes for specific hardware
  • Customised drawer and cabinet sizes to cater for the appearance
  • Customised dividers, drawer height and width for specific storage needs
  • Customised cabinetry for integrated appliances and butler sinks
  • Other personalised features for specific storage needs

The cabinetry can be tailored depending on your habit. For example, left-handed VS right-handed. That’s why custom-built kitchens are more user-friendly, as much consideration goes into personalising everything.

Modular Kitchen V/S Custom Made Kitchen
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Reasons to Choose a Customised Kitchen Over a Modular Kitchen

First, there is no fundamental right or wrong in which direction you go. It primarily depends on certain factors like the quality you want for your cabinets, the style and aesthetics, and how much personalisation you want. But if you want a specifically tailored kitchen, you should opt for a custom-built kitchen over a modular kitchen!

    Better Functionality

    Most people who constantly use the kitchen will eventually realise that most modular kitchens are not as practical since each unit has a predetermined size to suit the possible requirement of a large spectrum of users. But with customised kitchens, you can make your kitchen work for you (rather than working around it). You'll be able to find storage and organize space for every item you need and make your kitchen truly yours. You'll never have to struggle with awkward layouts or inconvenient cupboards again!

    Finer Look

    Custom cabinets are specially made to suit your taste and lifestyle. Multifactor such as light conditions and pre-existing colour palettes are considered. The designers will then mix these factors with the style and colour you prefer to create a unifying look that brings more harmony to the room. The sizes of all cabinetry are also tailored so they are evenly spaced without awkward gaps or huge fillers. This is especially true for older homes where the rooms are more divided or were not initially built to cater for today’s technology or trend.

    Personalised Design

    With custom-built spaces, the professionals will focus on what you want in your kitchen. You can be an active part of the designing process while giving ideas to the designers who follow your decisions. These include specific layouts, functional areas, organising hardware, and integrated appliances. You can dedicate specific areas to your preference and requirement. A well-thought-out layout and flow could make you’re cooking experience a lot more enjoyable.

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Kind Kitchen's Modular V/S Custom Kitchen

Pros and Cons of Modular Kitchen

Before you take the plunge into having a modular kitchen, it's important to consider how it will impact your life. They are an investment in your home, and you'll want to make sure that it's one that will be worth it for years to come.

Check out the table below to have an idea of what it’s like to have a modular kitchen.

Pros Cons
On-Trend: to keep the modular/flat packs attractive, most companies will invest in the overall look of their cabinetry. Short-lived look: most modular cabinetry is made to the current trend without considering how suitable it is for your home and how fast the trend may move.
Cheaper: Because these are off-shelf products and there's less machine setup and drawing cost, you can get your kitchen done at a much lower price. Quality issues: Because modular kitchens cater to price-sensitive customers, the materials used are not of premium quality. As long as it is sufficient for the purpose, it’s considered good enough.
Time-saving: It can save more time for manufacturing since most cabinetry is pre-made and are ready to be purchased as a flat pack. No customisation: There is absolutely no scope to personalise your kitchen. So, you can end up with something that looks exactly the same as the one next door.

How Can KIND Kitchens Help You?

When picking a kitchen, you have two options: modular or custom-built. Each has its benefits, but you should choose the one that will work best for your space, budget, and personal style. If you're looking for a more affordable option that doesn't require a lot of customisation, then a modular kitchen is the way to go. But if you want to customise every aspect of your new kitchen from scratch and make it truly unique, then a custom-built one will be more up your alley.

Whether your kitchen is in need of a remodel or you're just looking to update the look of your existing cabinets, KIND Kitchens can help build your kind of kitchen. We offer a variety of services, including kitchen cabinet customisation and installation. We pride ourselves on our high-quality workmanship and attention to detail, ensuring that our clients are satisfied with the result. Visit our showrooms at Bentleigh, Blackburn, Chadstone, and Hawthorn.  For more information about our services, call us on 03 9569 0411 today or drop us an email at

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