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Should I Consider Open Shelving for My Kitchen Cabinets?

When looking for the perfect set of kitchen cabinets for your Clarksville MD home, you’re going to run into several options. Choosing your Clarksville MD kitchen cabinets can be a breeze when working with a professional kitchen designer from Signature Kitchens, Additions, and Baths. In fact, you may even come across a design dilemma: should you consider using open shelving as part of your Clarksville MD kitchen cabinets? Strategically incorporating open shelving into your custom kitchen cabinetry can still offer you a ton of style and function! However, there are a few drawbacks to consider, as well.


When looking for the perfect set of kitchen cabinets for your Clarksville MD home, you’re going to run into several options, including open shelving.

Pros of Open Shelving

Open shelving comes in many styles, sizes, materials, and colors. Therefore, it’s a versatile storage option that can pair beautifully with your Clarksville MD kitchen cabinets. In smaller kitchens, replacing your top cabinets with shelves can give the impression of a larger space. It’s the perfect way to show off your prized dishware and cookware and draw emphasis to your kitchen backsplash or walls. Also, you don’t have to use your open shelving for just traditional kitchen items! You can always display decor, potted herbs, small appliances, and more. Choosing what you do or don’t leave on your shelves offers a homeowner more control over their Clarksville MD kitchen design. Are you budget-conscious? Open shelving is built with fewer materials and far easier to install than traditional cabinet bases. That means shelving could be a cost-effective option for your kitchen remodel.

Cons of Open Shelving

If done incorrectly, you run the risk of cheapening the appearance of your Clarksville MD kitchen cabinets by using subpar shelving material. The shelves need to be skillfully built and reinforced to support the weight of all your kitchen items. Another point to be wary of is how much effort you are willing to put into keeping your shelved items neat and organized. Clearly, there aren’t any cabinet doors that you can hide your kitchen items behind. If one isn’t careful, their kitchen with open shelving can look very disheveled. Open shelving can also leave some of your lesser-used things susceptible to dust or buildup since they are exposed in the open air. This usually isn’t a problem with frequently used items that get used, washed, and placed back on the shelves.

Call Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths

If you’re ready to remodel your Clarksville MD home, call Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths. As a premier kitchen remodeling contractor, we are proud to serve Washington DC, Rockville, Arlington, Alexandria and beyond. Nothing rejuvenates a house like a stunning kitchen design. Visit our website to view a long list of positive client reviews, and scroll through pictures of our favorite projects! Schedule a consultation on our website, or give us a call at 301-251-1880.

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