Open Shelving Or Closed Cabinets: Dust, Access, And Quakes All Come Into Play

Are you remodeling your kitchen? If you're installing new cabinetry as part of the remodel, you'll see various styles available to you, and you'll have to choose cabinet fronts or open shelving. There are some safety considerations to take into account, along with practical issues like cleaning. Here's a look at four styles of kitchen storage and how they might affect your home in the long run.

Open Shelving

It's a style that's here to stay, but do you want this in your home? Open shelving allows for easy access for items you use a lot. You don't have to fuss with opening or closing doors while holding items, slamming doors shut, or even door hinges breaking. You can also reach items on the shelves from the sides, too, so if you and another person are trying to reach things on the shelves, you don't have to compete for space in front of the shelves. Plus, you can put anything on the shelves from dishes to cookbooks to artwork since the space is not blocked by doors.

But those shelves are more prone to dust, and anything that isn't used daily will need to be cleaned repeatedly. There's also a huge risk if your home's in a seismic zone or close enough to one to result in shaking at your location. There's no way to secure the dishes or other items without ruining the visual aesthetics of the shelves.

Solid-Door Cabinets

Cabinets with solid doors, though, can be secured so that many quakes won't send items toppling to the floor. The doors will also protect items inside from dust, though dust can still get in through the spaces around the doors. The closed cabinets also look less cluttered, no matter what you have stored in the cabinets. With these doors, though, it's too easy to leave something in the cabinet and forget about it, and the hinges can bend and break over time.

Glass Cabinet Doors

Glass cabinet doors can be secured and let you see everything in the cabinet so it's harder to forget what's in there. The glass should be tempered or impact-resistant, though, so that if there is a strong quake that sends items inside right into the glass, the glass won't break.

Sliding Doors

Some cabinets do have doors that slide on tracks, like closets. These are great for spaces in the kitchen where opening a swinging door may require you to move things out of the way, or where opening a swinging door could block another part of the kitchen. But sliding doors also block full access to the cabinet -- the doors are always in front of some part of the cabinet space unless you remove the doors from their tracks.

If you want to see these styles and more, talk to the contractors helping you with the home remodel. They will be able to provide samples and show you different materials that could help you make your decision.

To learn more, contact a company like American Building Systems Inc.