Uppers and Open Shelving: The Pros and Cons

Finding the right upper cabinets for your space, style, and storage needs takes some research. Houzz’s guide to upper kitchen cabinets and open shelving can help explain the benefits of standard uppers, open shelving, floating uppers and more. Check out the full article here.

Standard Uppers

Pros: Clean, composed, and classic

Cons: Take up space, lack of personality

Open Shelving

Pros: Display colorful cookware, great for small spaces

Cons: Can appear cluttered if unkempt

No Uppers

Pros: Airy and open

Cons: Lack of storage

Additional options

  • A single shelf
  • Frosted glass doors
  • Floating uppers
  • High uppers
  • Shallow uppers