Why don't they make cabinets that go all the up to the ceiling? What are you suppose to do with the space between the cabinets and ceiling? It is usually not strong enough to hold anything of any weight.
If you have standard 8' ceilings a 42" upper cabinet will go to the ceiling. With 9' ceilings they are mounted 1' down from the ceiling.
There is always custom. But in a 9' ceiling reaching the top shelves will be a step ladder affair for nearly everyone outside of the NBA.
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Yes, 42" cabinets are meant to go all the way up. We just got this size last summer. Note that depending on the design, you may not have room for trim at the top - that was the case with us, but our cabinets look fine without the trim. It is nice to make use of that otherwise wasted space.
I like to use the space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling for crown moulding and top of cabinet lighting.
Christopher R. Johnson
Journeyman Carpenter &
Home Remodeling Expert
You've got the problem backwards. The real problem is that the ceilings don't come down to the cabinets!
How much space do you have on top of your cupboards? Enough for some fake greenery, tube electric lights (don't know what they are called but some people use them on top of their cupboards), light weight wooden animals...etc. If your cupboards are nailed/screwed to the wall, they are strong enough to put a few things up there. I always put waxed paper down on top of the cupboards so when I go to clean the top, I throw the wax paper away and put new down. I had cupboards to the ceiling.....could not reach anything up there without going to get a step ladder. So had a soffit put in and never regretted it.
cabinets that go all up to the ceiling is not a good idea for me. make a space you might need it in the future.
You can get various heights of cabinets--my kitchen combines custom with their regular cabinet lines. We have Amish cabinet shops that are in our area and they have various cabinet types and can vary the heights and molding types depending on what you need. Don't just look at the big box stores. See if you have any cabinet shops in your area and see what they have to offer. The price may not be as high as you may think.
I agree that cabinets should go all the way up. In our kitchen remodel, we are adding additional short, glass inset cabinets above the existing ones. They will be lighted and give the kitchen a modern look while eliminating the dust catcher space we have now.
Sloping ceiling in our new home in the kitchen so the wall behind the cabinets is over 10' high. Even with standard sized cabinets, the top ones require a step stool for access. So we will be putting decorative items on top of those cabinets. Roughly the same thing in our last home in central CO. Actually looks pretty nice.
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