Choosing Between Open Shelves and Cabinets

Empty kitchen walls can be daunting. With the increased popularity for open shelving, you may be wondering what would best suit your kitchen. It all comes down to functionality and what your intentions are for your storage.

Shelving is a great solution for a more compact profile. Typical full cabinetry will extend about 12 to 14 inches while an open shelf can work in 8 to 10 inches. If you’re looking at open shelving strictly for design aesthetic, then you may be better off with a cabinet. Shelving is best when used functionally.

If you’re torn on the decision, cabinets with glass doors are a happy medium. You can still put items on display and prevent your kitchen from feeling closed in while maximizing storage. Try mixing the glass fronts with traditional doors so you don’t have to have everything on display.

Source: Apartment Therapy

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