30 beautiful examples with no wall units (and no regrets)

Give up the wall units is an increasingly frequent choice in the design of modern kitchens. In addition to aesthetic satisfaction – it is no coincidence that architects and interior decorators prefer this solution which leaves ample room for customization – there are also advantages in terms of functionality.

In the most beautiful and well-organized homes, practical questions such as the positioning of the hood or the right placement of plates and glasses, find an answer in intelligent décor solutions, which have nothing to envy to the classic mix of doors and columns.

5 good reasons to choose a kitchen without wall units

Among those who are afraid of losing precious space to contain the dishes and those who wonder where to put the appliances, the choice of an open configuration is still not inflated and original. Yet, once the false myths have been dispelled and the advantages of saying goodbye to wall units discovered, returning to the old pattern will seem crazy.

Lighter and brighter of a traditional composition, this type of furniture makes even the smallest kitchen seem airy. By avoiding installing the wall cabinets above the worktop, the visual effect results clean and elegant, a benefit that should not be underestimated especially when it comes to organizing an open space environment with kitchen and living room.

Without the shadows cast by the storage modules on the burners and on the kitchen top, thelighting it can follow a freer pattern, with industrial-style adjustable arm lights or designer wall lights and chandeliers.

More light also means more choice in colors kitchen colors: dark tones such as blue or anthracite for walls and backsplashes are no longer a taboo, if lightened by shelves in gilded brass or exposed glass structures.

The versatility is another strength that is worth considering. Whether it’s a kitchen with a rustic flavor or a minimalist style white environment, the absence of modules with doors hanging on the wall adapts to the most varied tastes. Thanks to different materials and finishes, from natural wood to copper, from multicolored laminates to steel surfaces.

Attics, mezzanines and very small houses they are the ideal context for experimenting with alternative solutions to wall units. In fact, irregular and sloping ceilings often require the design of customized modules. Furthermore, the reduced square meters reward space-saving solutions, even visually, such as shelves.

Where to put glasses and dishes

Organizing space for utensils, pantry and for storing dishes and objects is one of the main issues to be addressed when designing a kitchen without wall units. Take advantage of the capacity of containers at the base, under the worktop, is one of the simplest solutions: whether it is an island kitchen or a classic linear one, the advice is to consider a more generous depth than the 60 cm required by the standard.

To be combined with the base, one or more shelves Wall they allow you to gain storage space or simply to decorate the wall by adding personality to the room with little effort. The most contemporary features include the “monobloc” shelves in continuity with the splash guard, the use of precious materials such as marble and metals, the systems of suspended shelves to hang from the ceiling and refined niches in the walls.

In all these cases the objects are exposed to dust and eyes: order and cleanliness will help in the success of the composition. If space permits, a good compromise is to decorate the shelf with a few, highly selected objects and store dishes and crockery in a belief in wood and with glass doors, as it once was.


Alternatively, it is possible to reserve an entire wall exclusively to the columns, so as to leave the worktop and stove uncluttered and tidy, without hanging modules and, at the same time, have plenty of space.

For those who are not afraid of the “lived” effect, a tubular steel rail on which hanging ladles, small spice shelves or even the dish drainer is a fairly simple way to solve (partially) the container question. A dishwasher is now present in all homes and eliminates the problem of drying pots and dishes, but for those who still want one dish drainer, the most practical answer and a model countertop. Better if foldable, so you can store it after use.

A recent option, from real homemade “chefs”, is the equipped canal, a modular unit that fits into the worktop and allows you to have everything you need for cooking close at hand. It is not yet considered a standard equipment but given the benefits in terms of ergonomics and practicality, more and more companies include it in their proposals.

The best hood for a kitchen without wall units

Installing a hood in a kitchen without cabinets is a matter of space and taste. Among the most popular models, the classic version must certainly be mentioned exposed stainless steel. If industrial style is not your cup of tea, there are different solutions on the market, such as hoods inserted in the worktop (pay attention to the depth of the stove), the scenographic ones suspension or the invisible ones recessed directly into the ceiling.

In the latter case, it is useful to know that the maximum distance between a hood and the hob is 150 cm and that the installation of the appliance may require wall reinforcement.

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Photo courtesy Fala Atelier


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