Kitchen Shelving

All about kitchen shelves and their uses

Most kitchens are in need of more storage space, which requires you to be creative with your kitchen shelving. Your aim is to make the best use of your space without upsetting the overall balance of the room, and there are plenty of strategies you can use to add storage space as well as aesthetic value through your kitchen shelves.

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First, consider whether you want closed or open kitchen shelves. A closed kitchen shelf wards off dust but can create a sense of enclosed space, which you might not want in a small kitchen. Open kitchen shelves make commonly used items easy to reach and create a more inviting feeling in the room, but you'll need to work harder to keep them clean.

Kitchen Shelf Options

Here are some ideas for kitchen shelving:

  • Cover a whole wall. One unique look, if you have the open wall space, is to add open kitchen shelving along the length of an entire wall. This can really create a homey and welcoming sense of intimacy in the kitchen. You can arrange the shelves symmetrically or asymmetrically, depending on the kind of look you're going for.
  • Display decorative items. You can reinforce your kitchen's color or design scheme by using open shelving to display decorative items, like plates, vases and antiques. Take care to place them out of harm's way, though, since the kitchen tends to be one of the busiest rooms in the house.
  • Make the most of small spaces. Look for opportunities to add little shelves in tight corners and small nooks and crannies. Every little bit counts, and even a small shelf above the sink where you can put hand soap or dishwashing detergent saves vital counter space.
  • Add racks. In addition to kitchen shelving, be sure to add a kitchen pot rack or spice rack as well. This will save you even more space and make it easier for you to grab the pots, pans, spices and ingredients you need when you're busy cooking up a feast.

Get creative with your kitchen shelves and boost your kitchen's functionality while improving its aesthetic appeal.