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7 Ways to Deal with Spaces Above Kitchen Cabinets

7 Ways to Deal with Spaces Above Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are one of the major elements in  a kitchen renovation. Most cabinets come in pairs: the wall cabinets and the base cabinets. Installers hang wall cabinets at a predefined height for easy access.

This is usually between 18 and 20 inches above the countertop to accommodate small appliances, such as a coffee maker. Hanging it lower than 18 inches is not a good idea for most people because it can cramp your workspace below. You can raise it as much as you like, especially if you happen to be taller than average. However, too high and you might have a problem accessing whatever you need in them.

Another consideration for choosing the right height for your wall cabinets is the leftover space on top. The standard height for a kitchen is 8 feet. The standard height of a wall cabinet is 36 inches. In a typical kitchen setup with the wall cabinets hung at 18 inches above the counters, there is about a 6-inch gap from the top of the wall cabinet to the ceiling. This is an awkward space too high to reach without a ladder without any other purpose than collect dust. Unless you have a cat that likes to use it as a personal space, you should do something about it. Here are 7 ways to deal with that awkward space. Read more