Open Shelving Kitchens: Major Benefits to Consider

There are a number of modern remodeling trends out there with regard to kitchens today, and many of these involve themes of openness and space increases. One good example here that has grown in popularity over recent years: The open shelving kitchen concept.

At Pine Tree Construction, kitchen remodels are just some of the broad range of remodeling services we're happy to assist a wide range of clients with. Open shelving remodels are popular, but are they right for your needs? This two-part blog series will discuss both sides of this potential coin -- today's part one will dig into some of the main benefits of open shelving kitchens, while part two will look at some of the possible downsides to consider.

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Easy Access

One of the main reasons open shelving kitchens have become more popular is because of how user-friendly they can be. With traditional cabinetry, you often need to open several doors and/or drawers to find what you're looking for, whereas with open shelving everything is out in the open and easy to see/grab.

This can especially come in handy if you frequently cook with many different ingredients or spices, as you can keep them all within reach without having to go on a scavenger hunt every time you need something.

Increased Visual Appeal

Another big potential benefit of open shelving kitchens is that they simply look nicer than many traditional setups. This goes back to the trend of increasing openness and space – open shelving can make small kitchens appear larger and more inviting, while also giving the entire room a cleaner look.

This is due to the fact that there are no doors or drawers interrupting the flow of the space, and everything has a place without looking cluttered. If you're interested in pursuing an open shelving kitchen but are worried about potential downsides (which we'll discuss in part two of this series), consider starting with just a few shelves to test the waters.

Easier to Clean

This one goes hand-in-hand with the increased visual appeal – since there are no doors or drawers, there are also fewer nooks and crannies for dirt and grime to accumulate in. If you're someone who likes to keep a clean kitchen, open shelving can be a great way to make your life a little bit easier.

Of course, it's important to note that open shelving does require more upkeep than traditional cabinetry in terms of wiping down surfaces – but if you're willing to put in a little extra time, the payoff can be well worth it.

These are just a few of the potential benefits that come along with open shelving kitchen setups – stay tuned for part two, where we'll discuss some of the potential downsides to consider before making the switch.

For more on this, or to learn about any of our home remodeling or home addition services, speak to the team at Pine Tree Construction today.