Do our cabinets need end panels?
We're doing a full remodel and are new at this. We are working with a custom cabinet shop. Our cabinets are very plain, frameless, stained cherry wood with just flat-front drawer fronts and doors...no detail at all. Our cabinet maker insists we need end panels on all exposed ends. I don't understand why end panels are needed. Do they have some design purpose or are we just putting plain wood on plain wood and losing valuable cabinet space in the process?