Anyone who plans a new kitchen or a kitchen update will sooner or later have to choose between closed cabinets and open shelves. The decision is not as simple as it might seem because both options have their pros and cons. To a certain extent, it also depends on someone’s personal preferences and budget. Let us take a closer look at the main issues involved.
As far as the cost is concerned, open shelves will definitely hurt your bank account the least. The amount of wood that is required is less, and the installation process is simpler. Installing closed cabinets, on the other hand, is more complex and requires more labor because often at least two people have to be involved for the installation. Whether Or Not Keeping Up With The Latest Trends Is Important To You
Open shelves are becoming more and more popular nowadays. So if you like to stay with the trend they are your obvious choice. On the other hand, you will then also have to stay on-trend when it comes to kitchenware. If you have perfectly matched and unchipped stoneware, that’s not a problem. If your plates, however, date back to the previous century and your coffee mugs were all picked up at bargain stores, you might feel more comfortable with the closed cabinet option.
Beautiful wooden closed kitchen cabinets make a design statement of their own. From ultra-modern to traditional, you can choose from a virtually unlimited number of cabinet door styles. You can also personalize your closed cabinets with unique hardware, knobs, handles, materials, and colors.
Open shelves are by their very nature more minimalist. The focus here is not on bells and whistles but simplicity and functionality. Because the wall behind them is exposed, they do, however, offer the opportunity to show off an eye-catching backsplash, or colorful wallpaper. Open shelves also provide a great chance to display your beautiful wooden cutting boards or that stunning vase that would otherwise be hidden from sight.
People often underestimate the amount of storage space they will need in their kitchen. Apart from storage space for dishes, you will also need space for cleaning products, baking items, food, etc. And large pots and pans need a significant amount of space.
That is why closed cabinets are the clear winner in this department. The majority of floating shelves can just not offer the same amount of space. If you have a large kitchen, that might not be as big a problem. But the smaller your kitchen is, the less viable open shelves will become.
With open shelves, everything will be easy to reach. If you love to have quick access to things while you are working in the kitchen, open shelves might be your best option. You won’t have to open cupboards and search for what you need all the time – everything will be at your fingertips.
That has a price though: without doors, there’s nothing to protect the shelves – and your kitchenware – against dust and other dirt. So you have to be prepared to regularly spend time on cleaning everything.
If you are planning to have custom kitchen cabinets installed in your kitchen, you should know that with us, you will be making a long-term investment that will serve you for many years. Here at Kustom Kabinetry we adore assisting homeowners with transforming their kitchens. It will be an honor for us to help you create your dream kitchen. And if you want advice about the best color to paint your kitchen, our professional team will be more than happy to share their knowledge and skills with you.