Best Practices for an Open Shelf Kitchen Design

Best Practices for an Open Shelf Kitchen Design

The first step after moving into a new house or remodeling your kitchen is choosing how you will get the most out of the available space. One of the minimalist approaches that use the least cabinetry hardware is the open shelf design. With open shelves, you won’t have to worry about cabinet doors and handles.

However beautiful they might be, open shelf designs are an added responsibility. You must prepare yourself well to make them functional, safe and beautiful. Open cabinets leave everything exposed meaning that poorly arranged utensils will be a sore eyesight while unsecured China could easily topple when mishandled.

Start Small to Taste the Waters

Open shelf designs aren’t for everyone. You first have to ensure that your household can take on the added responsibility. If you are converting from cabinets to open shelves, try removing the doors on a couple of cabinets and arrange some of your kitchenware there. Do a test run for at least a week or two to see how well your household maintains the mini-open shelf design.

Keep Pets Away

Cabinet doors are a great way to keep cats from walking over or knocking down clean utensils and raiding your stored food as they wish. If you have pets, be it a cat or a dog, just forget about the open shelf design unless you are ready to part with your hairy friend.

Organize Your Shelves in Order of Use

Open shelf designs are all about convenience. You won’t have to open doors every time you need cooking ware or some spices. To maximize on this, store must-have items on a convenient shelf. Frequently used items should be stored in lower easy to reach shelves as decorative pieces or rarely used dishes occupy higher shelves in the kitchen.

Put Heavy Utensils at the Bottom of the Stack

Ceramic dishes and plates must be stacked with the heaviest at the bottom of the stack to create stable bottom-heavy arrangements. You should also keep your stacks short (six plates or less) to reduce the chances of accidentally knocking them over.

Dust and Clean More Often

Mainstream cabinet doors do more than just keep the pets away and put your valuables out of sight. They form a subtle barrier that keeps dust and dirt away. This means that open shelves are more susceptible to dust. Wipe down the shelves often. Wiping once a week should be enough during dusty seasons. Also, wash the rarely used utensils at least once a month to keep the dust and grime away.

Use Variety to Make it Visually Appealing

Open shelving is as much of an art as it is of a convenience. Your choice of storage and organization largely contributes to how your kitchen will look. You can create an impressing visual effect by mixing different sizes, shapes, and colors of dishware to make your shelves more attractive. An occasional decorative item will add some color and make your kitchen look better.

Get a Range Hood

Even though we can’t fight against dust, we can control the amount of fumes, grease, and condensation from your cooking. Normally, such would condense over your cabinet doors and handles. Since these are no longer there, all that grime will accumulate on your utensils. A range hood will whisk off this unwanted smoke and grease before it lands on your utensils.

A well-implemented open shelf kitchen will make your kitchen a unique cheerful place as long as you keep it convenient and clutter free. These are the very first steps to getting it right. If you’re looking at implementing an open shelf design in your kitchen, contact Lifestyle Cabinetry and Millwork today to learn more about our open shelving options for your kitchen.