Whether you’re considering a minor kitchen upgrade or a complete redesign, storage is likely to be up there as one of your most important concerns. When it comes to storage, concealed cabinets are often the go-to solution for many. However, I believe there’s an easier and more practical way to store all your kitchenware: the open kitchen shelf. Ahead, I’m rounding up a list of reasons why you should be choosing open kitchen shelves instead of cabinets. Keep reading for more!
Why Should I Choose Open Kitchen Shelves Instead of Cabinets?
Open Kitchen Shelves Offer Flexible Storage
The traditional way of designing a built-in kitchen means fitting a cabinet into every nook and cranny in an effort to make the most of the available space. But does this really work in practice? Wall units are often installed too high, making it difficult to reach the top shelf. Meanwhile, corner cabinets in awkward shapes are typically too narrow to store plates or glasses efficiently.
Open kitchen shelves on the other hand give you a wealth of flexible, user-friendly storage options. If versatility and functionality are what you’re after, opt for open kitchen shelves instead of cabinets every time.
Open Kitchen Shelves Make for a Brighter and More Open Space
A run of cabinets can make your kitchen appear darker than it really is. If your kitchen is on the small side, this may make your space feel overly cramped and closed in.
Getting rid of some (or all!) of the cupboards can do wonders to open up your kitchen. The newly liberated space will make your kitchen a dream to spend time in, regardless of size.
Open Kitchen Shelves Allow for Creative Styling
If you’re lucky enough to have a collection of beautiful tableware, why keep them hidden behind closed doors where they won’t be appreciated? Instead, open kitchen shelves allow you to curate beautiful displays to show off your pieces to full effect.
As far as styling goes, start by grouping together items of similar style or color. You can also play with creating interesting contrasts by juxtaposing old and new, or quirky and classic pieces. The final result will be a personal statement unique to your aesthetic.
Open Kitchen Shelves Are Ideal for Quick and Convenient Organization
Without any doors to open, nor the need to remember where everything is kept, open shelving is arguably the most convenient storage option for any kitchen.
With open kitchen shelving, everything you need is quick to find and easy to return with minimum fuss. What’s more, while you may think that good organisation depends on having plenty of concealed storage, the visible nature of open shelving actually forces you to keep things tidy. There’s no hiding mess away here!
Open Kitchen Shelves are Budget Friendly
We all know how expensive a new kitchen can be, but clever design can go a long way in making that budget stretch further. Open shelf storage is one such economical alternative.
Compared to kitchen cabinets, shelving is a budget friendly option that can be installed in as little as a day. The best bit is that with some DIY competence, you can do the job yourself. There’s no need for a skilled kitchen fitter, saving you even more money!
Open Kitchen Shelves are Easy to Clean
You may have been told that open storage is a dust and grime magnet, but that isn’t necessarily the case.
Dust won’t get a chance to settle if you wipe your shelves weekly as part of a general cleaning routine. Besides, if your dishes and other items are in constant use, they won’t be sitting on the shelf long enough for dust to settle anyway!
What do you think of open kitchen shelves instead of cabinets?
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