Why do people have way more shelves than cabinets?


I'm A little confused about it

  15 answers
  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Dec 06, 2021

    the open concept is usually why there are more shelves - you can always remove the shelves and add a cabinet in it's place

  • I think it's because it's a trend in kitchen design.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 06, 2021

    It is a trend that is going away. Open shelves especially in the kitchen are a royal pain, because everything gets covered with grease or dusty. IMHO I would much rather have cabinets and if you want to be extravagant, maybe a glass front on 2 of them.

  • William William on Dec 06, 2021

    It's basically a trend for farmhouse design. Sometimes cabinets won't work in some areas. Shelves may give more storage space. A lot of DIY shows go with open shelves since they are cheaper than cabinets. I think it's a personal choice and a persons style. It'll pass. In the kitchen, who wants to look at someones pots and pans, plates, canned goods, etc. Just another thing to clean and dust.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 06, 2021

    Hi Madison: Because we generally have more things to put into the cabinets than we need cabinets :) Can you imagine if you only had 1 shelf per cabinet? You would need a cabinet for your dishes, 1 for your cups, 1 for your glasses, 1 for your staples, etc. It's just more convenient. If you're confused about that, here's what confuses me. Why do people put those blow up decorations on their front yards and keep them blown up from dark to dawn when no one can see them? They lay on the grass all day looking like a discarded hamper and all icky! Blow them up during the day when we can see them. No one is going down the street at 3:00 a.m.! :) Maybe it's just me :)

    Anyway, that's just MHO about the cabinets.

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Dec 06, 2021

    It's an open concept trend I think, and like every trend it will pass. You really have to keep everything need and tidy all the time if you want open shelving instead of cabinets. And if it's kitchen, things not only get dusty they can get grimy and greasy too. Personally, I don't want to see everything. But it's really a personal choice.

  • Janice Janice on Dec 06, 2021

    It's a trend that comes and goes through time. Open concept in homes and kitchens.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 07, 2021

    Personally I like the idea of open shelves, as many have said, they are a dust collector. It probably is a trend, like all the uses for pallet wood.

  • I believe it is personal preference/what is trending during when the kitchen was built/last updated.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 07, 2021

    I am not one of those people. I don't have open shelves in my kitchen but I have friends who have removed cabinets and replaced with shelves. I could never do that.

  • It maybe because of the open concept. That is the reason usually why there are more shelves, since you can always remove the shelves and add a cabinet in it's place.

  • Valerie Valerie on Dec 07, 2021

    Just something different I guess. The dust would drive me nuts.

    Maybe one or two open shelves would be manageable tho.

  • It’s a style preference. Shelves instead of cabinets has been a trendy look for a bit now.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Dec 12, 2021

    Hello, it seems to be a display trend, tho I feel it’s inefficient

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 17, 2021

    Like Kathy I don't have open shelving in my kitchen. I grew up with a very sick mom and our routine was a panicked mad dash if company was coming over. All I can say is that those cabinets and their beautiful doors hide a lot of mess.