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Mar 22, 2022
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This guide explores the role of PVC kitchen cabinets in modular kitchens and the pros and cons of the material

 

Designing an aesthetic yet well-functioning kitchen that is perfect for your daily needs can be a mammoth task. One of the most convenient and popular options for kitchen design is to go in for modular kitchens. In this article, we focus on one particular material that is becoming quite popular in modular kitchens - Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC. PVC kitchen cabinets might not be the first material to pop into your mind when designing your modular kitchen so we break down the various ways you can use it and the pros and cons of each.

 

What is PVC?

PVC is a very popular and widely used synthetic polymer of plastic. It is a very durable sheet made of plastic composite. Due to its light-weight and durability, it has many uses including plumbing pipes, cabinets, countertops, window and door frames, etc. With modular kitchens gaining popularity, PVC is becoming the go to material for kitchen cabinets and decorative laminates used on kitchen cabinets.

 

What are PVC Kitchen Cabinets?

Currently, there are two types of PVC boards used to make PVC kitchen cabinets – PVC hollow boards and PVC foam boards.

PVC hollow boards are hollow on the inside and are the more flexible type. Being the more economical option out of the two, they are also light-weight. Unfortunately, this type has a few negatives. They have a low thermal resistance and are not termite, moisture or fire resistant. They are also less sturdy than PVC foam boards.

 

PVC foam boards are more expensive but have a lot of good qualities. They are thicker, broader and more durable than hollow boards. They are also insulated against heat and may sometimes require detail finishing. PVC kitchen cabinets made from foam boards are more reliable and stronger; they are a better option for your kitchen cabinet design.

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What is the PVC installation process?

 

The installation process for PVC cabinets for kitchens is relatively simple and straightforward. Here are the steps involved in the installation process:

 

1. Measure the space:

The first step in the installation process is to measure the space where you want to install the kitchen cabinets. This includes measuring the length, width, and height of the walls to ensure that the cabinets fit properly.

 

2. Choose the cabinet design:

Once you have measured the space, you can choose the PVC kitchen cabinet design that best suits your needs. PVC cabinets come in a variety of colours, styles, and finishes to match any kitchen decor.

 

3. Make necessary preparations:

Before installing the PVC cabinets, you need to prepare the space by removing any existing cabinets, appliances, or fixtures. You may also need to make minor repairs or modifications to the walls to ensure that the cabinets fit properly.

 

4. Install the cabinets:

Once the space is prepared, you can begin installing the PVC kitchen cabinets. This involves attaching the cabinets to the wall using screws and brackets, and then securing them together with connecting bolts.

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5. Finish the installation:

After the cabinets are installed, you can add the finishing touches like hardware, trim, and lighting. This will give your modern PVC kitchen cabinets a polished and professional look.

 

What are the Characteristics of a PVC Kitchen Cabinet Design?

 

PVC cabinets for kitchen are an excellent choice for those looking for a functional and stylish kitchen. It offers a practical and cost-effective solution for homeowners. Here are some of the characteristics of PVC kitchen cabinet design:

 

1. Durable:

PVC kitchen cabinets are highly durable and resistant to scratches, moisture, and heat. This makes them an ideal choice for high-traffic areas like the kitchen.

 

2. Affordable:

PVC kitchen cabinets are relatively affordable compared to other cabinet materials like wood or metal. This makes them an excellent option for those on a tight budget.

 

3. Easy to clean:

PVC kitchen cabinets are easy to clean and maintain. They can be wiped down with a damp cloth or mild cleaner, making them ideal for busy homeowners.

 

4. Stylish:

Modern PVC kitchen cabinets come in a variety of colours, styles, and finishes to match any kitchen decor. They can be customised to fit any design aesthetic, from modern and minimalist to traditional and ornate.

5. Lightweight:

PVC kitchen cabinets are lightweight and easy to install, making them an excellent DIY project for homeowners. They also require less support than heavier materials like wood or metal.

 

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Features of PVC Kitchen Cabinets Made from PVC Boards

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1. The thickness of PVC foam boards ranges from 1 to 30 mm.

 

2. PVC kitchen cabinets made from PVC boards, especially foam boards, are fairly sturdy and durable.

 

3. PVC material for kitchen cabinets is lightweight as compared to other kitchen cabinet materials like solid or engineered wood.

 

4. PVC kitchen cabinets made from foam boards are fire, moisture and termite resistant.

5. They are a great option for shorter term projects like rented apartments.

 

6. PVC kitchen cabinet boards come in ready-to-fit boards

 

7. PVC kitchen cabinet designs are available in a variety of colours; however, the range may seem limited in comparison to other kitchen cabinet materials available in the market today.

 

8. PVC foam boards for PVC kitchen cabinets are also available in glossy and matt finishes. They smooth, high-gloss surface has a mirror-like, reflective finish.

 

9. PVC kitchen cabinets will not easily chip and break off.

 

10. You need to choose hinges and fittings that are compatible with PVC kitchen cabinet design.

 

Understanding the Pros and Cons of PVC Material for Kitchen Cabinets

There are many benefits to using PVC kitchen cabinet designs in your PVC modular kitchen. As with every kitchen cabinet material, there are drawbacks as well.

  • PVC kitchen cabinets are fairly sturdy. However, it is important to note that both PVC hollow and foam boards sag over time and the damage is generally irreversible. Hollow boards will see sagging and damage much sooner than foam boards.

  • PVC kitchen cabinets are much easier to replace than other kitchen cabinet materials like plywood, aluminium, acrylic, etc.

  • PVC kitchen cabinets made from foam board are non-toxic in nature.
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  • PVC kitchen cabinets are easy to work with and install. However, they are quite susceptible to scratches, especially from abrasive cleaners and cleaning equipment.

  • They do not require surface finishing like laminates. However, with PVC foam boards, detailed finishing is necessary; otherwise, there might be irreparable damage to the cabinet.

  • PVC kitchen cabinets made from PVC boards are also prone to discolouration in the long term.

How Durable are PVC Cabinets in Kitchens?

PVC is a type of plastic that is highly durable and resistant to scratches, moisture, and heat. Here are some of the reasons why PVC cabinets are so durable:

 

1. Water-resistant:  

PVC cabinets are water-resistant, which makes them ideal for use in kitchens and bathrooms. They can withstand exposure to moisture without warping, swelling, or rotting.

 

2. Heat-resistant: 

PVC cabinets are also heat-resistant, which means they can withstand exposure to high temperatures without melting or deforming. This makes them ideal for use in kitchens where heat from stovetops and ovens can be a concern.

 

3. Scratch-resistant:

PVC cabinets are highly scratch-resistant, which means they can withstand everyday wear and tear without showing signs of damage. This makes them an ideal choice for busy households with kids and pets.

 

4. Low-maintenance:

PVC cabinets are easy to clean and maintain, which helps to prolong their lifespan. They can be wiped down with a damp cloth or mild cleaner, making them ideal for busy homeowners.

 

5. Long-lasting:

PVC cabinets are known for their longevity and can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. This makes them a cost-effective solution for homeowners who want durable and affordable kitchen cabinets.

 

Kinds of PVC Kitchens Cabinet Designs Available in the Market

The following modular kitchen layouts are popularly available in PVC and can fit a range of kitchen spaces and sizes:

  • One wall or straight-line kitchens use one wall for storage, sink, appliance and cooking areas. Since these are short on space and storage, they need to be very well planned.

  • A peninsula layout is best for open layout homes where the kitchen is partially separated from the living or dining area by a divider counter which usually holds under-counter storage cabinets. 

  • A parallel kitchen has two parallel counters along the longer walls. These also included top, wall-hung cabinets along one or both walls.
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  • The most popular layout is a U-shaped kitchen design. This type of layout features three walls at 90degree angles to each other (forming a U shape), lined with workspaces, storage and/or appliances. The work triangle perfectly fits within this ‘U’ and turns your modular kitchen into the epitome of functionality.

  • Finally, and island kitchen layout includes a kitchen island in the centre of a parallel, L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen. 

What are PVC Laminates?

Modern PVC kitchen cabinets are becoming very popular, especially in rented apartments. Another way to use PVC in your kitchen is PVC laminates. Here the main cabinet is made from a material like plywood and topped by a decorative surface finish of PVC laminate. PVC laminates are laminate sheets made by compressing PVC, thin layers pf paper and resin under high pressure and temperature. The thin sheets range from 0.05 to 2 millimetres.

 

PVC laminates are very flexible and can bend to 90 degrees. This means they can be used around edges for a seamless look without the need for edge banding. 

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They can also be used for more complex designs which includes ridges. They are durable and very easy to clean. They come in a variety of colours, patterns, finishes and textures.

 

Ranging from matte to glossy, they can also come in textures mimicking wood, stone and metal. They are resistant to moisture, heat, corrosion and termites making it the perfect option for PVC modular kitchen.

 

Mild detergents and cleaners should be used on PVC laminates. Abrasive cleaners like bleach and cleaning equipment like steel wool will damage the surface and leave scratches. 

 

What’s the Price of PVC Kitchen Cabinets?

One of the main benefits of PVC cabinets for kitchens is its affordability. PVC is a relatively low-cost material, which means that PVC cabinets can be produced at a lower cost than other cabinet materials. This makes them an excellent option for Indian homeowners who may be on a tight budget but still want high-quality cabinets that will last for many years.

 

In addition to being affordable upfront, PVC cabinets are also cost-effective in the long term. They require minimal maintenance and are resistant to scratches, moisture, and heat, which means they won't need to be repaired or replaced as often as other types of cabinets. This can save Indian homeowners money on repairs and replacement costs over time.

 

While the cost of PVC cabinets can vary depending on factors like the size, style, and finish of the cabinets, they are generally less expensive than wood or metal cabinets. Indian homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from Rs. 7,500 to Rs. 22,500 per linear foot for PVC cabinets, while wood cabinets can cost upwards of Rs. 40,000 per linear foot and metal cabinets can cost even more.

 

 

FAQs on PVC Kitchen Cabinets

 

1. Is PVC Board Good for Kitchen Cabinets? 

Yes, PVC board is an excellent choice for kitchen cabinets. PVC is water-resistant, heat-resistant, and scratch-resistant, which makes it ideal for use in kitchens. PVC cabinets and PVC kitchen cupboards are also affordable, low-maintenance, and long-lasting, making them a cost-effective solution for homeowners.

 

2. Which Is Best, PVC or Plywood?

Both PVC and plywood have their advantages and disadvantages, and which one is best depends on your individual needs and preferences. PVC is more affordable than plywood and is water-resistant and easy to maintain. Plywood is more durable than PVC and can be sanded and stained to match any decor. Ultimately, the choice between PVC and plywood comes down to personal preference and budget.

 

3. Are PVC Cabinets Waterproof?

Yes, PVC cabinets are water-resistant and can withstand exposure to moisture without warping, swelling, or rotting. This makes them an ideal choice for use in kitchens and bathrooms where moisture is a concern.

 

4. Is PVC Furniture Cheaper Than Wood? 

Yes, PVC furniture is generally less expensive than wood furniture. PVC is a lower-cost material than wood, which makes it more affordable to produce PVC furniture. PVC furniture is also lightweight, easy to maintain, and long-lasting, making it a cost-effective solution for homeowners who want stylish and durable furniture without breaking the bank.

 

How can Beautiful Homes Help you Design PVC Kitchen Cabinet for your Home?

PVC material for kitchen cabinets is a versatile and useful option to consider in your modular kitchen but is does have certain drawbacks as well. If you are considering installing PVC cabinets or require expert advice on modular Kitchen Design as well as kitchen cabinet materials, book a consult with Beautiful Homes Service. The dedicated experts will guide you through the process with innovate storage that complements your particular kitchen size and layout. 

 

At Beautiful Homes Service by Asian Paints, what we’re best at is partnering with you to craft the home of your dreams. If you’re eager to get started on creating that perfect haven we’re here for all your interior design, home décor & renovation needs – reach out or find one of our state-of-the-art stores near you.

 

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