Pros and Cons of Open Shelving in the Kitchen

If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, you’ve probably noticed that open shelving is trendy right now. Every cooking show on The Food Channel sports open shelving with beautiful tableware, interesting bowls and the most perfect glassware you have ever seen. But before you make the leap toward open shelving for your kitchen, there are some things to consider. Below are the pros and cons of installing open shelving in your kitchen.



Open shelves might cost much less than actual cupboards. Depending on the usage of more cost-effective range materials and less there of you can still get the desired look. So, if you’re on a tight budget, this might be an excellent way to save some money.

Clutter-Free & Neat Kitchen

Having open shelving will force you to think twice about buying unnecessary tableware and glassware. Which means you’ll have less clutter in your kitchen. Additionally, you won’t be able to hide an untidy shelf behind a cupboard door resulting in a neat kitchen.


As we’ve said before, open kitchen shelving is all the rage right now and probably will be for a few years, so you are bound to impress family and friends with your new modern kitchen.


As with everything in life, it can’t be all roses and sunshine, and there are a few downsides to open shelving in the kitchen.

Collects Dust

Anytime anything sits on a shelf without being used for a while, it will collect dust. Cupboards protect your tableware from quickly collecting dust, but if you’re planning on using whatever’s on the shelf or you don’t mind a few dishes now and again, you should go for it.

As you can see the pros far outweigh the cons in this scenario. For more information about renovating modern kitchens in Johannesburg or if you are interested in a consultation and free quote, get in touch with the skilled and friendly team at ProReno today! 

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