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Choosing Between Open and Closed Shelving

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Open shelving is a common storage solution for just about any room of the home. However, like all storage options, there are some design considerations. Following are some tips about this type of storage that can help you determine if it’s the right option for your home. 

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A crafting area featuring open shelving in a Boston area home.

In Favor of Open Shelving

Open shelving is a great way to display colorful knick-knacks and decorative items. It can transform a room, acting as an aesthetic centerpiece that creates a particular ambiance, be it peaceful, relaxing, or stimulating. Another advantage of open shelving is that you can easily see and access items that you use on a daily basis.

Open shelving can work in all areas of a home. It can come in a variety of colors and finishes, and in different materials. Some people even install metal shelves or paint boards that salvage. Additionally, open shelving is versatile and can be used for many different occasions and items.

In Favor of Closed Shelving

Slanted ceiling with built-in closets BostonThere are several reasons why open shelving is not as convenient as it may seem. One reason is that items placed on the shelves will accumulate dust and need periodic cleaning. Open shelving is less than ideal if you need to store items that need to be kept secure and/or wouldn’t look nice on display. It can also be a hassle to keep open shelves organized throughout the day if you are continually using items from these shelves. In these cases, closed shelving or cabinets would be ideal.

Choosing What’s Best for You

Take some time to evaluate your home storage needs to see what type of storage solution is right for you. In some cases, you may find that a combination of shelves with cabinets and cupboards provides the ideal storage solution. In other instances, different types of open shelves for different rooms in the home could be just what you need.

You may also want to consider having a custom storage solution made to suit your personal needs. Companies such as Closet & Storage Concepts of Boston, MA can create custom units with open shelves, closed shelves, or a mix of the two. Our storage systems can be installed in any room of the home, including bedrooms, kitchen pantries, home offices, and the garage. We also specialize in custom closet solutions that provide additional space. Give us a call to discuss your design options!