Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?

Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?

Nancy Mitchell
Nov 25, 2013

Recently, a comment on this kitchen transformation caught my eye. Apartment Therapy reader Bee for Brian, commenting on the finished kitchen's open shelving, said: "Here's an idea: Interview a bunch of people five years after they install an open-shelving kitchen, and poll them on how many would do it again."

"You know what?" — I thought. "That's a great idea." Open shelving in the kitchen is hugely controversial: those who love it seem to really really love it, and those who hate it point to a laundry list of drawbacks: nowhere to store your less-than-attractive dishes, constantly having to wash your dishes because of accumulated dust and grime, loss of storage space.

So we want to hear from you. If you have open shelving in your kitchen, and you've had it for at least a year or so, we want to know what you think. If you had it to do over, would you design a kitchen with open shelving? Or go back to traditional cabinets with doors? What are the pros and cons? Sound off in the comments!

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