One common question we are asked here at RTA Cabinet Store is if glass doors in a customer’s kitchen is a good idea or not. While we can give some great advice, there are a few things to consider before buying your kitchen cabinets and the requisite doors that go with them, including whether to go with solid wood or with glass inserts.
Either way, on most of the lines we stock, RTA kitchen cabinet doors with glass inserts are available. For an example, check out our Shaker Hill line of RTA kitchen cabinets: https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/RTA-Kitchen-Cabinets/shaker-hill-kitchen-cabinets/.
A Small Kitchen
If you have a small kitchen, then glass insert 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 that much of the space was restored. It’s the same way with kitchen cabinets, and having glass door inserts lets you have the perception that the space inside the cabinet is available as well, increasing the illusion of space, while in reality, the space available is exactly the same.
How Much Space Do You Have?
If you have oodles of space, then things can go either way. Having a lot of space means that you can afford to have some of your cabinets with glass door inserts in them. We don’t often recommend having the entire kitchen with glass inserts, as oftentimes people want to store things inside them that are not very aesthetically pleasing, and therefore behind a door.
But if there are a pretty good number of cabinets, and you can afford the space to arrange beautiful cups, plates, etc. in plain sight, then it may be a good idea. On the other hand, with that much space, you would only need to take into consideration the aesthetics of having a glass insert door, and not the illusion of extra space provided.
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!