Take The Doors Off Your Kitchen Cabinets For Easy Access

Take the Doors Off Your Kitchen Cabinets for Easy Access

Think about it for a minute: Do you really need doors for the cabinets in your kitchen? Apartment Envy's Kerra Huerta took them off, and she's never going back.

It seems like a silly idea at first glance, but it can be useful. Unless you have a major pest problem or dust problem, or have pets in the house, the contents of kitchen cabinets don't need robust protection. But you use and access these items often, so why have one extra step to get to them? And then there are other hassles, such as a hard-to-open cabinet door or one that always needs to be slammed loudly. For your convenience, you might want to consider removing your cabinet doors altogether.

Huerta's tip seems especially useful for small kitchens like hers, where open cabinet doors can take up precious space and give you the odd head injury. The best part is that you can experiment with this trick easily to see if it works for you. Just unscrew the hinges and take off the doors, but don't remove the fittings yet. Try it out for a week or two and see if it works for you before making a long-term decision.

At the Apartment Therapy link below, you can check out other tips from Huerta, including using blackboard paint on her kitchen walls.

Kerra's Picture-Perfect Perch [Apartment Therapy via The Kitchn]


    Not a good idea. For many reasons.
    The look.

      Agreed. Works well if you have gorgeous flatware, that you never use, in a kitchen that never sees any cooking. As well as the things Bruwer listed, there's grease and food particles from cooking, steam and condensation, insects if your windows aren't screened, overspray from cleaning...

      Exactly. My kitchen cupboards are ugly and functional, and will never ever be pretty enough to use as decoration.

      My parents have a separate set of shelving where they have all their 'nice' glassware set up like this. Only about 10% of it gets used regularly (wine glasses), and that's the only scenario I can see this idea working.

      Earthquakes...another fantastic reason not to remove cabinet doors. Unless you want everything to end up on the floor.

    Think about it for a minute: Do you really need doors for the cabinets in your kitchen?
    Yeah, let's face it... all those millions of kitchen cabinets around the world really don't need their doors... WFT...?

    That's going to look great for that cupboard filled with kitchen appliances and the one full of Tupperware.


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