Modular cabinets, like modular homes, are not custom built. They're pre-packaged and ready to assemble. They were popular in the 1980s, and they continue to be an excellent choice both economically and environmentally. Since they're so affordable, you have plenty of options to upgrade on the cabinet accessories, like handles, pulls and paint.
Green Aspects of Modular Cabinets:
- Long-lasting: They're built sturdily and give you the option to make decisions about the construction methods used, such as opting for dovetail joints (which make the cabinets stronger) and adjustable shelves. Because this type of cabinet will last a long time, it won't need to be recycled or replaced any time soon.
- Easy to Transport: Usually, modular units can be built locally and you can pick them up yourself, cutting down on long-haul truck emissions.
- Green Options: They're often made from environmentally safe materials like urea formaldehyde-free particleboard, Wheatboard or bamboo.
Be careful when measuring modular cabinets. The old adage, "measure twice, cut once" is especially true in this case, since you won't have the chance to re-cut the cabinets once they're made. If possible, consult with an interior designer or have a cabinet expert help you out [source: Cabinet Revolution]. Often, the supplier will offer this professional service as part of the entire package.