Let’s face it: renovating a kitchen doesn’t come cheap. And more often than not, it’s an arduous process that takes months (or years, with today’s delays!). But if you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen setup as soon as possible, we might have the solution for you: modular kitchens.
Long popular in Europe, where small houses often mean more — uh, Creative layouts, modular kitchens are sold as rearrangeable pieces (think: a counter block on a single cabinet, one that can sit on top of a dishwasher, another block with a sink…you get the idea) that can be positioned to suit your kitchen. Essentially it is a semi-custom kitchen with only part of the price of a fully bespoke option. From home retailers to hyper-specific kitchen manufacturers, there are plenty of sources for modular kitchen units to suit 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 take two routes: work with an IKEA team member to create a completely bespoke kitchen, or go shopping modular elements à la carte.
EtúHome, which we love for chic cutting boards and kitchen utensils, recently launched Modular Cabinets, a line of powder coated steel and wood cabinets made to order and shipped in three weeks. Cabinets are available in 20 colors or, for a fee of $250 per cabinet, you can choose a custom color.
You might be familiar with Semihandmade, the influencer-favorite cabinetry company that sells chic fronts to IKEA cabinetry. Last year, the brand launched Boxi, an American supplier of custom cabinetry that you can buy online.
This Danish supplier began when founder Holger Nielsen’s 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 this trash can, along with two luxury kitchen designs, the V1, above, and the V2, all available as modular parts. Not sure which modules are right for you? Use branded accessories kitchen configurator to see what will fit.
If you’re looking to go as high-end as possible for your dream kitchen, this Italian brand will give you a space worthy of a Michelin chef. Scavolini offers over 20 kitchen designs, with styles ranging from sleek minimal to rustic industrial. Each design has coordinated accessories with special attention paid to storage and practicality.
SieMatic, on the other hand, keeps it simple with its deluxe options. Choose from one of three styles—pure, urban or classic-then customize it to your liking with a host of color and material options.
Just need to add a little extra storage space? This pantry top will turn any kitchen into a well-stocked chef’s HQ. Home deposit also offers several à la carte practices.
Want to take your dream kitchen outside? Head to Pottery Barn, whose Indian outdoor cabinets can be built to fit your patio, poolside or deck. The system includes cabinets with doors and a unit to place above a refrigerator (with adjustable feet for the perfect height).
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Hadley Keller is Beautiful housedigital director of. She oversees all digital content for the brand and works on the print magazine. She covered design, interiors and culture for 10 years in New York. She served as Associate Market Editor, Design Journalist, and Managing Editor for Architectural Summary and AD PRO before joining Beautiful house. Hadley is an ardent maximalist and a vocal opponent of the open floor plan.