Modular designs are trending these days and for all the right reasons! They look great and are very functional. Cooking in a modular kitchen is a dream, as everything has its place, and it’s beautifully organised.

What goes into the making of modular kitchen designs? It comprises individual cabinets that are factory-crafted and assembled at the site. They can also be taken apart just as easily and reassembled at another location; therein lies the unique functionality of a modular system! Each Kitchen Cabinet Shutter is made up of the central carcass, which has an inner box made up of a core material like marine plywood or MDF and an outer shutter. What you see on the outside is basically the outer shutter, and the choice of materials and finishes will define how your modular kitchen design looks.

What Are the Different Types of Kitchen Cabinet Shutters Available?

Kitchen Cabinet Shutters are made of a mind-boggling variety of materials, each of which is available in various colours, textures and finishes. Here are the most popular ones:

1. Laminated Shutters

Arguably the most popular material for Kitchen Cabinet Shutters, laminates are usually fixed on an MDF or plywood base and are edge-banded with PVC tapes and aluminium or wooden beadings to finish and seal the edges. One-side-prelaminated boards are also available, where the laminate is pressed on the substrate while manufacturing the board itself. These are more durable but available in fewer colours.

Laminates for small modular kitchens come in various colours and in natural finishes that mimic wood, stone, metal or brick. They are also available in high gloss, gloss, matte or textured finishes that are ribbed, dotted and so on. Laminates are the perfect choice for a kitchen as they are moisture-resistant and can withstand high temperatures. They are also durable and easy to maintain, as they can easily be wiped clean.

different type of laminate shutter

2. Membrane Shutters

PVC membranes are thin foil sheets that are moulded on plywood or MDF boards. These Kitchen Cabinet Shutters have a smooth finish, and as the membrane flows fluidly over carvings and grooves alike, it offers a seamless finish with high water resistance for your PVC modular kitchen. Edge-banding is not required as all the edges are sealed by the membrane. These kitchen cabinet rolling shutters look contemporary and stylish and are durable. However, they are more expensive than laminated finishes.

3. Veneer Kitchen Cabinet Shutter

Veneers are incredibly thin slices of natural wood that are pressed onto Plywood or MDF. They look just like real wood on the surface and can be polished and finished to resemble solid wood for your low-budget modular kitchen at a fraction of the cost. The edges of the ply must be finished with wooden beading. Natural wood veneers of teak, oak and walnut in different shades and patterns are available. The beautiful natural grains of the wood shine through, giving a country-chic or cottage feel to the small modular kitchen.

veneer kitchen cabinet shutter

4. Solid Wood Shutters

While this cannot be considered a sustainable option these days, solid wood Kitchen Cabinet Shutters have unmatched beauty and charm. They are extremely expensive, as the wood is not easy to source due to the dwindling reserves of natural forests. The material used for the entire shutter is wood, and the exposed surface is polished with waterproof resin, which acts as a protective layer while enhancing the richness of the underlying wood.

The natural grains of the wood add to the aesthetics of your L-shaped modular kitchen. Nowadays, reclaimed or recycled wood, a more eco-friendly option, is often considered in constructing these shutters.

solid wood shutters

5. High-gloss PU Painted Shutters

Painted with auto-coat paints, with a clear polyurethane(PU) coating on MDF or ply boards, these Kitchen Cabinet Shutters are waterproof, available in a multitude of vibrant, glossy colours and shades, and last for a long time. The surface finish is highly glossy and reflective. These shutters for your island modular kitchen are waterproof and convenient to clean as well. They show up fingerprints easily and therefore need regular maintenance.

high-gloss pu painted shutters

6. Aluminium Profiles with Glass Shutters

Glass shutters for kitchen cabinets in transparent or frosted finishes are fitted with aluminium profiles in these sleek, contemporary and minimalistic straight modular kitchens. These shutters give a very light appearance to the kitchen and make it appear more spacious than it is. They can be fitted with lift-up or sliding hinges and are very durable and sturdy if handled well.

aluminium profiles with glass shutters

7. Painted Glass Shutters

Kitchen Cabinet Shutters that use high-gloss paint on the inside of glass lend a unique and stylish appearance to an acrylic modular kitchen. The glass can also be printed with any design to match your preferred design aesthetic. When using glass shutters on lower cabinets, it is always better to use toughened glass so that it is more durable.

painted glass shutters

Would you like more help selecting the right Kitchen Cabinet Shutters for your cabinets? Please connect with the HomeLane team and get the advice you need.


1. What Is PVC Shutter?

PVC shutters replicate timber shutters in terms of appearance. The lightweight and durability of this plastic make it a popular choice. They are generally used as kitchen door shutters or as kitchen cabinet rolling shutters.

2. What Is the Purpose of a Rolling Shutter in a Kitchen?

With rolling shutters, you will have the luxury of space and a greater ROI. Their easy-to-use design allows you to access all your kitchen essentials unimpeded. You can find kitchen cabinet roller shutters made from aluminium, PVC, acrylic or tempered glass.

3. Which Rolling Shutter Is Best?

It is advisable to use aluminium roller shutters for kitchen cabinets or any space that needs durability. As one of the most commonly used roller shutters, they are lightweight and corrosion-resistant.

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