There are so many reasons to consider open storage in the kitchen: Having your essentials out in the open discourages hoarding tendencies; it makes cooking easier when everything is accessible and visible; it can be a great way to display pretty tools; and it’s both a classic look (think Julia Childs and her pegboard of pots and pans) and an au courant trend. But if those arguments for open storage don’t sway you, how about this? If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, mounting open shelves, doorless cupboards, a utensils rail, or a pot rack is much less expensive than having a full wall of cabinets with doors built and installed.
Here are seven ways, all easily achievable, to enjoy open storage in your kitchen.
1. Take the doors off the upper cabinets.
This is such a great idea for renters and homeowners alike: If you’re not ready to rip out your cabinets to create an airier kitchen, consider taking the doors off all of them—or just a few of them. It’s a good way to test the (open) waters and see if you like having your stuff displayed before committing to a more permanent solution.
2. Open up the lower cabinets too.
We love this trend of opening up the lower cabinets as well. It’s not for everyone, but leaving some lower cabinets doorless can be a super-charming look.
3. Add wall-mounted open shelving.
This is what most people envision when they talk about open storage in the kitchen. Keep in mind that there are many different ways to have open shelving: Mount a few planks, one above the other, or simply install one long plank. And you can apply the look to an entire wall, or just a corner.
4. Roll in some storage furniture.
Another nonpermanent solution to achieve open storage in the kitchen: moving in a storage cart or industrial shelving.
5. Install a utensils rail.
A utensils rail can be mounted below cabinets or shelves, or occupy a wall alone. And these days, there are so many stylish rails on the market that it doesn’t have to look industrial. We like this and this, in particular.
6. Put up a pegboard.
Hey, if the pegboard is good enough for Julia Childs, it’s good enough for us.
7. And don’t forget the peg rail.
We tend to think of the peg rail as a storage trick for the entryway or bedroom, but it can work just as well in the kitchen.
Hungry for more open storage inspiration? Be sure to check out these stories:
- An Inventive Sliver of a House in Tokyo by No. 555
- 10 Favorites: Open Storage Ideas to Steal from Hotels
- 10 Organized Kitchens on a Budget, Thanks to Ikea’s Grundtal Rail System
N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published May 2018.