The Pros and Cons of Open Shelving

The Pros and Cons of Open Shelving

Side view of kitchen

Is open shelving right for you? There has been plenty of buzz lately about open shelving in kitchens. It’s a universally appealing look that works with rustic farmhouse and modern kitchens. Open shelving creates a strong statement when done right but will this style make sense for you? There are pros and cons as with any other design decision. 

Pro: Open Shelving is Popular

Jason Leung Open Shelving

Open shelves make the kitchen feel more open and expansive. You can add your style to the kitchen by choosing the dishes, mugs, and artwork on the shelves carefully. If you have a collection of china, open shelves are a great way to display them.

Pro: Less Expensive than Traditional Cabinets

Less materials and easier installation equal lower costs to your kitchen renovation. Whether you are using floating shelves or open shelving, both options are easy to install. You can even do it yourself if you’re experienced with DIY projects.

Con: Might be a Mess

Are you tidy or messy? Open shelving is great if you are extremely tidy and can keep the shelves organized. If not, your kitchen could end up looking like a mess. Do your dishes match and utensils coordinate with one another? This problem can make your kitchen look messy, as well. Glass canisters, small baskets, and wire bins will be your friend when you have unsightly boxes of food.

Brooke Lark Mismatched plates on open shelves

Con: Can Look Substandard

You will have to buy strong, sturdy, quality materials for open shelving. The last thing you want is for your shelves to start warping or drooping in the middle. You also must be mindful of what is placed on the shelves. It would be a good idea to explore downsizing the number of dishes, cups, and other items in your kitchen.

Open shelving in kitchens can look amazing if done right, make sure you are ready for the upkeep and have excellent organizational skills.