Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Open door policy: tips for going door-free in your kitchenby Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
There are a few advantages to open cabinetry. Sure, over a few years you might add a few minutes to your life because of the time you save not opening doors, but it goes beyond that. With open cabinetry, your kitchen can be made to look and feel bigger, lighter, more modern and open. It's a more affordable option than refacing because there are no doors and no door hardware--or at least not as many doors. And, while that probably isn't your biggest concern, it does improve access.
The big issues with going doorless? First, not everything looks good out in the open. Second: dust happens, and you'll have to deal with it. Probably the biggest potential issue is breakage. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes or curious toddlers, you may want to consider cabinet doors that can be locked. Once you've covered these bases, all you've got left are the minor design flaws that make or break your open-cabinet kitchen design. Here are some style tips to really make those open cabinets look great:
Open cabinets are also good places for recessed lighting. Whatever you choose to do, you may find that going doorless can bring a cabinet refacing well into your price range. Talk to your contractor today.