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  • Kitchen Finish 101: Acrylic Finish

    We are introducing a Kitchen Finish 101 series to take you through one of the fundamentals of the kitchen: everything to know about the best finishes for the Indian kitchen. The kitchen finish determines the overall look of the kitchen, yet it should also withstand the constant activity that takes place. This blog will discuss the basics of the acrylic finish, and how well it can work within a modular kitchen.

    What is Acrylic? Acrylic is a non-toxic, high gloss finish which gives kitchen cabinets a smooth appearance. In the manufacturing process, a thin layer of the material is placed on MDF or Plywood to create the shutters. The entire shutter is later covered with a protective layer and the edges are sealed. The overall material is extremely reflective, giving the kitchen a mirror-like appearance. This mirrored appearance is an excellent choice for smaller kitchens, as it will make the kitchen appear much larger and more spacious than it actually is. The acrylic finish is available in a variety of colors.

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    Pros of Acrylic: The acrylic finish is a great option to achieve the modern look within a home. Becoming the more-preferred choice for Indian kitchens, the acrylic finish has some great advantages:

    • --Can withstand wear and tear: The kitchen can last for many years without any need for repair.
    • --Moisture, UV, and scratch resistant
    • --Easy to maintain: Maintaining Acrylic shutters is an easy process, and can be wiped down regularly with soap and water.
    • --Gives the kitchen an ultra-glossy finish
    • --Extensive range of colors
    • --Creates an inviting appearance within the kitchen.


    Cons of Acrylic: The acrylic finish also has its own set of disadvantages:

    • --Edges of the shutter are visible: The acrylic material is placed on top of the shutter, but it does not continue to wrap around the   edges.
    • --The high-gloss finish brings out the finger prints, dirt, and stains easily, and therefore they require regular cleaning
    • --More expensive than the laminate finish
    • --Not available in a matt finish: Acrylic is limited to the high-gloss options. If you prefer a more matt finish in the kitchen, then this finish option is not for you.
      Image Credit: Wickes

    Being the heart of the home, the kitchen appearance should be given the utmost importance. The Acrylic finish remains pristine for many years, and is currently a favorite amongst the ModSpace.in customers. For that ultra-high gloss look in your kitchen, consider Acrylic!

  • Everything to know about Cabinet Materials

    When it comes to finalizing your cabinet materials the process can be extremely overwhelming. Your designer or vendor can present you with an array of options and you won't even know where to start! At ModSpace.in we provide a comprehensive Buying Guide, explaining all the materials and elements that go into both a kitchen and a wardrobe. Below are the basics of all the materials used at ModSpace.in, starting with the carcass to the finish.

    Cabinet Materials: When the discussing the materials of the cabinet, we start with the carcass or the body of the cabinet itself. The body of the cabinet consists of the entire shape and size of the cabinet box. For the cabinet boxes or carcasses the customers have two options to choose from:

    • Particleboard: is made gluing together small chips of wood and compressing it to form flat boards. Particleboard is laminated at the time of manufacturing, giving a smooth finish, and is environmentally friendly. All particleboard is dipped in an anti-termite solution to make the material highly material resistant. All particleboard used in ModSpace.in kitchens and wardrobes is sealed properly, making it resistant to moisture and humidity. 
    • Plywood: Plywood is the second option for the cabinet carcass. It is engineered by pressing and binding sheets of wood veneer into a solid piece. Due to the layers of veneer it is very strong to work with, and it does not soak up water or liquids easily. Plywood resists the extreme weather conditions and does not expand or shrink with time. 

    Shutters: Shutters are the most visible part of your space. In a kitchen they are the cabinet drawers and doors, and in a wardrobe they are the wardrobe drawers. At ModSpace.in all shutters are engineered using Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), which is made gluing small wood fibers together at high temperatures. This gluing creates a solid, compact piece-making it a smooth surface to work it. The smoothness of MDF allows for versatility in design finish, and the precise finishing allows for easy cutting and adding details and design.

    • Finishes: When it comes to the shutter finish the material is placed on the MDF shutter to create that final look. There are four basic times of finishes given below.
      • Laminates are machine-pressed into MDF, and give the most variety when it comes to styling your space. Laminates are available in an infinite number of colors and styles-and come in both a matt and a gloss finish. As a material, laminates are highly scratch-resistant and very easy to clean and maintain.
        Image Credit: Universal Doors
      • Membrane foils are again pressed into MDF and wrapped around the sides. ModSpace.in provides a variety of matt options in this highly scratch-resistant material. In usage, membranes are very smooth on the hands and easy to clean and maintain.
        Image Credit: Noah Interiors
      • Veneer is an economical option for those who desire that wooden look. It is the perfect substitute for solid wood and adds warmth and coziness to any home. Veneers are thin slices of wood that are glued to the MDF. ModSpace.in veneer shutters are especially unique as they are molded around all four ages to maintain the grain orientation.
        Image Credit: Nutec Wood Wonders
      • Lacquered/Polyurethane Paint is the final option, which includes matt or high gloss finish of an infinite number of colors painted a number of times on the MDF material. These shutters give a very rich and contemporary look, and is protected against scratches.
        Image Credit: The Kitchen Centre

    When it comes to selecting your kitchens or wardrobes, refer to the list above to make the decision process easier. Consult one of our experts to help you through the decision-making!

  • Carpenter-Made vs. Machine-Made: What is the Difference?

    Today's homeowners are often faced with the choice of hiring a carpenter or going with a branded company for their kitchen or wardrobe. Many homeowners choose one option or the other over the other for a variety of reasons. However, what is the actual difference? Below are the differences between hiring a carpenter or working with an established company.

    Cost: A carpenter may quote you a lower cost in the beginning. However, the budget may go up depending on the carpenter's material requirements, and you as a homeowner may be held responsible for acquiring the materials, which is an additional cost on top of the already quoted cost by the carpenter. Therefore, if you are finalizing with a carpenter, ensure that all costs are explained before committing. However, with a professional company, you may be quoted a higher cost on paper, but it will be less of a headache for you. Professional companies practice transparent pricing where the cost and quantity of each material is mentioned and there are no surprise in the final price. Also, as a homeowner, you will not have to run around acquiring the correct materials. The company takes care of that for you.

    Finish: In a kitchen or wardrobe, there are shutters, panels, handles, accessories, and appliances. A carpenter will implement old and traditional working methods and make the panels and shutters in your home, creating a mess and excessive noise. This working method compromises the quality of finish and workmanship, and your kitchen or wardrobe will not be as contemporary as you may desire. However, an established company will be up-to-date with the latest technology and have some manufacturing capabilities outside your home, preventing some mess and noise. Therefore, your kitchen or wardrobe will be machine-made, using the most advanced techniques-giving a more precise and superior quality finish. While finalizing your vendor, ensure they have the means to provide you with a supreme quality product in the finish you desire.

     Design: If aesthetics are a priority for your kitchen or wardrobe space, your vendor should be familiar with the latest methods, trends, and materials; and give you the desired result accordingly. However, a carpenter may not be keeping in touch with the most contemporary designs. Therefore, you will have to do your own research on the design and style you desire without receiving any input for modification. However, a professional company is frequently updated about the latest design, technology, and materials that can be used in your kitchen or wardrobe. As a homeowner, you will receive advice and input on how contemporary trends can complement your home in the best way possible.

     Drawings: When building any part of the home, we like to see it on paper, in the form of a drawing. These days, technology is advancing and once can see their exact kitchen before it is even installed. With 2D and 3D drawings available homeowners can make changes to their space as they see fit. However, a carpenter may not be able to provide you a 2D or 3D drawing. If you are interested in a drawing of your design then make sure your carpenter has the means to provide one. Nervertheless, skilled professionals will definitely prepare a drawing to ensure your requirements are met before your order is given for production.

    2D plan and 3D view of same space

    Deadlines: Homebuilding in India is a long, drawn-out process where stages are delayed for a variety of reasons. Therefore, any aspect that is completed within the stated deadline is always a blessing. Skilled professionals understand the irritation with delayed timelines, and provide delivery time for your product. With a carpenter, the project may get delayed due to the carpenter not even being present on the job.

    While finalizing your vendor, consider the above points. For a hassle-free process, consider going with a professional company. At ModSpace.in, we use the latest technology to provide contemporary and trendsetting factory-finished kitchens and wardrobes, as per the 2D or 3D drawing within our standard deadline of 4 weeks. We make the process easy and quick for today's homeowner, without giving you any headaches.

  • Why MDF is the Best Material for Shutters

    At ModSpace.in, all elements of our products are carefully selected to ensure that the final solution is of the most premium quality. Oftentimes, other vendors compromise on the basic quality of raw materials to lower the cost of the finished product. This often leads to unhappy customers who experience extensive wear and tear in their items. From the basic raw materials, to the finish, and the appliances and accessories; all elements in the ModSpace.in finished products are of superior quality, ensuring a long lasting solution for your home. One aspect of both kitchens and wardrobes that gets the most attention is the shutters. The shutters determine both the aesthetics and overall functionality of the entire solution. Therefore, special attention is paid to ensure the raw materials for the shutters give the best finish possible. The ModSpace.in kitchens and wardrobes us MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) for the shutters. As mentioned in the Kitchen Buying Guide, MDF is an engineered wood material that is made of small fibers glued together at high temperatures to create a solid, compact piece. As a material for shutters, MDF is ideal as it allows the best finish for the kitchens and wardrobes. The benefits of MDF are elaborated below.

    Smooth Surface: As a material, MDF has an extremely smooth surface. When the pieces of wood are glued together, the top and bottom surfaces are very smooth. The smoothness makes the surface easier to paint and place any finish on it. For example, if a kitchen were made in a membrane finish, the foils would be placed on the MDF material. Due to the smoothness of the MDF, the clean, sleek appearance of the membrane finish is further emphasized.

    Versatility in Design: The smooth surface of the material, itself, allows for great versatility in design and finish. MDF can support a variety of finishes easily. ModSpace.in products are available in laminate, membrane, veneer, and PU paint, and all of these finishes are added to MDF surfaces to create the final shutters. The uniqueness and characteristics of each color and finish is easily shown through the MDF material.  The smooth surface also allows for more intricate designs and easy cutting of any detailing necessary for the shutter.

    Stable: Due to its density, MDF as a material is very stable. It does not expand or contract with extreme temperature changes and finishes can easily be wiped down on the material without damaging the entire shutter. All finishes require basic cleaning to maintain the "new" look of the entire shutter; and they can be easily cleaned regularly without damaging the MDF itself.

    As a raw material, MDF is ideal for the cabinet shutters. Its smooth surface and stability allows the entire cabinetry to have the best finish possible for the final kitchen and wardrobe. With MDF implemented in the ModSpace.in product solutions, we guarantee superior finish and quality kitchens, wardrobes, and other modular products for your home.

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