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What are the most essential accessories for a modular kitchen?

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For most homeowners, a dream kitchen usually brings to mind sleek modular units that are stunning and functional. The secret of smart modern kitchens lies in the must-have modular kitchen accessories that one should include for making storage and workflow more efficient within the room. How does one pick the right accessories? Do these accessories cost a lot? What are the benefits of incorporating some of these sleek kitchen accessories? We present a list of functional accessories that help not only to replace old kitchen racks and shelves and give the kitchen a fresh look but also to simplify the work processes and organization in the room.

1. Tall Pantry unit – no.1 among must-have modular kitchen accessories

Every kitchen should have ample storage space for ingredients. While kitchen racks and shelves near the stove are essential for ingredients one uses for daily cooking, the kitchen needs a place to stock even those items that one uses once in a way. Earlier, in large houses, a separate pantry with shelves served this purpose. However, in modern kitchens, where space is limited, a tall unit with ample storage for ingredients is an essential accessory. Ideally, the unit should come with a pull-out system so that it’s easy to access bottles and items at the back.

2. Lift-up cabinet doors

POISE Modular Kitchen Modern kitchen by Poise Modern

POISE Modular Kitchen


Most kitchen cabinet doors open outward, which is all right. However, for over-counter units, an open door poses the risk of injury when heads accidentally bang against the sharp corners of the door. Among the must-have modular kitchen accessories that make the workspace safer are lift-up cabinet doors that swivel or fold up instead of opening out. They make it easier to move around the kitchen while working without having to worry about getting hurt.

Consult an interior designer to plan the best type of cabinet doors for your kitchen.

3. Pull-out baskets or drawers

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Urbane Storey

Residential apartment, Santacruz

Urbane Storey

While conventional cabinet shelves help to stack utensils or ingredients, their limitation is that it’s not easy to access things at the back of the shelf. When looking at modular kitchen drawers designs, it’s worth investing in pull-out baskets or drawers as they slide out smoothly, providing better access to items stored at the back of a cabinet. Depending on the requirement, these could be open basket drawers for storing vegetables and fruits or slide-out drawers with steel racks built in for storing utensils and crockery.

4. Cutlery organisers

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Enrich Interiors & Decors

3BHK Aparna Sarovar Grande C Block 2050 sqft Turn Key project

Enrich Interiors & Decors

A drawer earmarked for cutlery storage can quickly turn into a disorganized mess unless the cutlery is arranged neatly. Without compartments, keeping the drawer well-organised is next to impossible. That’s why we recommend a cutlery organizer as one of the must-have modular kitchen accessories in any modern kitchen. It will make life easier, whether it’s putting the cutlery back after washing or trying to find a piece when needed.

Get more ideas for practical storage in the kitchen.

5. Modular kitchen corner units

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Interior Designs


Inaccessible corners are the bane of any kitchen, especially when one needs to bend and stretch into its deepest recesses to retrieve a rarely-used utensil. Besides the risk of bumping the head on the edge of the counter, there’s the possibility of straining one’s back when trying to reach into a far corner. Luckily, modular kitchen corner accessories help to tackle this problem. From swing-out systems that move towards the door when the cabinet opens to lazy-Susan or swivel style systems that make anything within the cupboard easily accessible, there’s a variety of modular kitchen corner baskets and trays that can adapt to the requirements of the home owner.

6. Pull-out bottle racks

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Vdezin Interiors


Vdezin Interiors

While some people might not consider this among the must-have modular kitchen accessories, there’s no denying the convenience of pull-out bottle racks, especially near the stove. It puts sauces, oil, vinegar and any other ingredient within easy reach when cooking, without taking up counter space. One can  slide out the rack, use the desired ingredient and then push it back in place.

7. Under sink cabinet with door storage

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Modern Style Kitchen


An accessory that is often overlooked is an under-sink system with basket storage for cleaning essentials such as the dishwashing liquid, scourers and other tools for the sink. However, allotting a place for these items helps to keep the sink and its surroundings neat.

Get ideas on how to manage the trash in the kitchen.

8. Tandem drawers

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Enrich Interiors & Decors

Tandem Boxes with PVC Cuterly Sheet

Enrich Interiors & Decors

Small kitchens suffer from a lack of space for organizing things efficiently. While one can find several modular kitchen basket types that pull out, another efficient design is a tandem drawer that allows tiers within a drawer. For instance, the bottom tier of the drawer can have a place for stacking plates or glasses, whereas the upper tier can house a cutlery organizer. Making use of every inch of vertical space can help to optimize the space within drawers.

9. Rolling shutter

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Electrical appliances and kitchen gadgets are an integral part of any modern kitchen as they help to simplify work processes. However, one needs to organise space to store them when they aren’t in use. For those who love to collect kitchen gadgets, installing shelves with a dedicated place for each appliance can provide a solution for this, but open shelves tend to gather dust, besides being exposed to the steam, spills and oil splashes in the kitchen. A better alternative is to install a rolling shutter that can be drawn to cover the appliances and protect them from exposure to dirt and grime.

10. Pull-out waste bin

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Urban Shaastra

The Kitchenette

Urban Shaastra

Last but not the least among our must-have modular kitchen accessories is a pull-out unit that presents a neater way to segregate and store waste. Often, this unit is merged with the under-sink modular system so that the waste bin swings out when the door opens. More advanced versions of the waste bin in a modular kitchen have a pull-out chopping board under the counter with a slot through which the waste can be directly deposited into the garbage bin in the drawers below it.

Are all these sleek kitchen accessories essential?

In the end, it’s all about one’s budget and preferences. Each of these accessories can add to the overall cost of renovating or building the kitchen. Additionally, the dimensions of the room as well as it’s layout will influence the number of accessories that one can include. For example, in a linear or galley style layout, there’s no need for modular kitchen corner accessories as both these arrangements don’t feature corners. 

Similarly, one might need to compromise when deciding between two must-have modular kitchen accessories. For instance, if there isn’t enough space, one might have to choose between a tall unit for the pantry or a rolling shutter that hides away appliances. It’s not easy for a home owner to decide between two options, which is why we recommend consulting a professional kitchen planner.

Besides measuring the area to design the units that are best-suited to the kitchen the professional will understand the requirements of the family and enquire about the budget available for the kitchen design or remodeling. Based on this he or she will plan the kitchen by including the essential kitchen racks and shelves to make the room functional and easy to work in, while simultaneously incorporating sleek units that bring a modern touch as well as stylishness to the kitchen.

Which of these accessories will you include in your kitchen? Leave a comment.
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