Cabinets vs. Floating Shelves: Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Storage

by | Apr 2, 2024 | Community, Events | 0 comments

When it comes to kitchen renovations, storage solutions are a major decision.  Should you go with classic cabinets or the trendy floating shelves? Both offer distinct advantages, and the best choice depends on your needs and design preferences.


The Case for Cabinets

Cabinets provide ample storage, with a variety of styles, finishes, and designs to suit your taste. They can extend all the way to the ceiling for a sophisticated, grand look, maximizing vertical space. This is a popular choice in modern European and Scandinavian kitchens.

On the other hand, leaving a gap between cabinets and the ceiling creates a more open feel, showcasing decorative items or family treasures. This option also makes reaching top shelves easier. Most importantly, cabinets offer hidden storage, keeping your kitchen clutter-free and dust-proof. Additionally, hidden appliance garages are a popular feature, minimizing countertop clutter.


The Allure of Floating Shelves

If you favor a modern or minimalist aesthetic, floating shelves are a great option. They provide a sleek, contemporary look and allow you to display your favorite kitchen items. Everyday essentials like spices, utensils, and cookware can be kept within easy reach. However, due to space limitations and weight restrictions, you’ll need to be selective in what you display, prioritizing both aesthetics and frequent use.

While cabinets offer a clean look, they can make small kitchens feel closed in. Floating shelves, on the other hand, create an illusion of more space due to their open design. This can be a game-changer for smaller kitchens. Their minimalist look aligns well with modern design trends, contributing to a clean and uncluttered aesthetic.


Finding the Perfect Balance

Kitchen storage decisions can be tricky. Torn between the clean lines of cabinets and the airy feel of shelves? Here are some solutions:

  • Glass-door cabinets: offer storage while showcasing prized possessions.
  • Combine cabinets and shelves: This allows you to hide away some items while still displaying decorative pieces.

Ultimately, the best choice depends on your kitchen design and lifestyle. Consider your storage needs, desired aesthetic, and how much effort you’re willing to put into keeping open shelves tidy. 


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