The pros and cons of open shelving in the kitchen

More and more kitchens and incorporating open shelving. They are trendy and stunning when done the right way!

As with anything else, there are pros and cons to this!

Here are our official pro and con lists for open shelving. 

Open Shelving Pros

Open shelves can be a great choice for small kitchens because they create a sense of space and can definitely make the room appear larger. 

It’s also another space to decorate if that’s your thing! If you have beautiful plates and cups that match your kitchen perfectly, show them off!

Another pro is that nice shelves typically cost significantly less than new cabinets. If you don’t like the look of your old cabinets, you could potentially even take the doors off and add a new coat of paint for an easy update that looks totally new!

Open Shelving Cons

The obvious downside to this is that there is nowhere to hide.

If you choose open shelving, you are committing to keeping those shelves neat and tidy. No more shoving things behind cabinet doors!

Southern Living said, “Another major thing to consider is the cleaning and upkeep of what you’re storing on your shelves. If they’re holding your everyday dishes and glasses that get cycled through at least weekly, you shouldn’t have to worry about dust or grime gathering.”

It’s a fact of life – things get dusty on shelves!


If you’re ready to make a change to open shelving, a HeyBryan handyman can help! Just head over to our app. 


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