Kitchen Redesign: Cabinets or Open Shelves?


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Just as homeowners debate the open concept versus closed concept living area, much discussion has also occurred on the topic of cabinets versus open shelving. Both have their pros and cons, and in the end, it’s up to you as the homeowner to decide that option fits your lifestyle best. If you’re planning a remodel, consider the following when choosing cabinets or open shelving.


Open shelving is a great option to display your favorite dishes or add a plant or accessory to your kitchen. The minimalist look of open shelving can also make a room appear larger. Cabinets with a glass front can also offer an option for displaying your kitchen items. And if you don’t have a complete set of anything to display or neatness isn’t your strong suit, with cabinets you can take comfort in the fact you can always hide your dishes behind a solid door.


If you choose to store plates, bowls, or other dishes on open shelving, you will have to make sure that they are clean each time you use them. Cabinets provide protection from dust and dirt, so dishes remain clean and ready to use. In terms of cleaning the actual shelf or cabinet, both will have to be done on a regular basis; open shelves should be dusted, and cabinets should be wiped down at least once every two weeks.


If you’re looking for a lot of storage, cabinets are the clear winner in this round. Cabinets can be installed to the ceiling offering more vertical storage than the open shelving, which is limited to two or three shelves. However, open shelving can provide additional storage in spaces too small for a cabinet or in a corner of the kitchen.


Both open shelving and cabinets can be customized for your needs and to fit your style. Options range from rustic to modern to traditional. With cabinetry, you can customize with pull-out shelves, soft close drawers, hidden spice racks and much more. With open shelving you can choose the depth of your shelf, the number of shelves, and thickness of the shelf.

The good news is that a kitchen doesn’t have to be one or the other. You can incorporate both options into your design. Myrtle Beach Cabinets offers professional design services to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. To learn more about our offerings, call us at (843) 273-6413 or contact us online.