Should I Get Cabinets with Glass Doors?

One common question we are asked here at RTA Cabinet Store is if cabinets with glass doors are a good idea. They are an excellent idea for many reasons. Here are a few things to consider before you move ahead with your plan to use kitchen cabinets with glass doors.

Transform A Small Kitchen

If you have a small kitchen, then cabinets with glass doors are a great idea. The reason behind this is that our brains perceive the amount of space in a kitchen based on what we can visually see. Imagine a small room that is filled up 1/3 with cardboard boxes. Suddenly, the room seems much smaller.

On the other hand, if those boxes were replaced with transparent plastic boxes, you would perceive the actual space in the room. It’s the same way with kitchen cabinets. Having glass door inserts lets you have the perception that the space inside the cabinet is available as well, increasing the illusion of the size of the room, while in reality, the space available is exactly the same.

Blend Form and Function

Cabinets with glass doors invite you to display your prettiest china. Glass doored cabinets are not the way to go if you need your cabinets to be functional. If you have oodles of space in your kitchen and can afford to give some of your cabinet space to decorative purposes, then go for it.

Good kitchen design takes both form and function into account. Generally, you’ll have a few cabinets with glass doors then the rest of the kitchen in regular cabinets. You’ll get the best of both worlds: some design features that make your kitchen nice to look at, and plenty of functional storage.

Consider Placement Carefully

Glass front cabinets are pretty sturdy, but that said, glass is breakable. Luckily, the glass is easy to replace. You may want to consider placing cabinets with glass doors in areas with less action to decrease risk of breakage.

Keep them on the upper half of the kitchen and stay away from key workspaces. Glass above cooking areas end up needing lots of cleaning so you may want to steer clear of that too.

Just keep it in mind, that buying kitchen cabinets isn’t something you do every day, so make sure you have the insider knowledge you need to get the best cabinets at the best price. The Consumer’s Guide to Buying Kitchen Cabinets tells you what you need to know—click the link to download your copy now!