When you’re installing upper-level cabinets, you have several options.
You can take them all the way to the ceiling; you can box them out with moldings; or you can leave space between the cabinet and the ceiling. Which one is the way for you to go? The answer will depend on a variety of factors that are unique to your needs.
What is the overall design of your kitchen? A kitchen with a bold, modern style, for example, might benefit from a specific boxed-out style of molding, while a “country kitchen” might look better with weathered wood finishes that leave some space at the top of the cabinets for other accents. The design of your kitchen should be one of your first considerations when you’re deciding what to do with your cabinets.
Is your ceiling level? If the ceiling isn’t level, molding at the ceiling level can be difficult to install and might add a significant amount of time and labor to your remodel. Installing cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling can also be problematic if the ceiling isn’t level.
How tall is your ceiling? If your ceiling is tall enough that you would need to use a step stool to reach the upper shelves of the cabinets, you might discover that you wouldn’t use them all that often anyway. If your ceilings are lower, it might be more practical–or even necessary–to take the cabinets all the way up.
How much storage space do you need? Ultimately, this will be the final determination of how high your cabinets should go. If you need the storage space, installing cabinets that will go all the way to the ceiling will help create that storage for you. You can always use the upper shelves to store items that are used less frequently.
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