Kitchen Style | 5 Options For Hanging Your Kitchen Cabinets


As a general rule of thumb, kitchen cabinets are hung 18 inches above the counter top. That number is pretty standard in the industry. There are, however, different ways that kitchen remodeling contractors like Artistic Kitchens Ltd can work your personal style into the design.  

1. Soffit: Installing your cabinets directly below the soffit is a style that has been in use for many years. A soffit is a drywall box used to disguise wiring, plumbing, and structural elements in a home. Your kitchen may or may not have them but, if you like the flush look that it creates when combined with your cabinets, you can always have your contractor add a 'faux' soffit for design purposes. 

2. Open Space: Another option is to simply leave the area above the cabinets open. While some may see this as a place for dust to collect, many homeowners like to use this space to display everything from collectible lunchboxes to potted plants. The lack of a soffit in lieu of this open space creates a more modern feel in today's kitchen. 

3. Extended: Another design solution is to install cabinetry all the way up to the ceiling. This can be accomplished by ordering custom cabinets that extend from the ceiling all the way down to that standard 18 inch distance, or you can stack a shorter cabinet on top of a ready-made to create the same effect. This not only expands your kitchen storage options, but it is very reminiscent of the 1920s and 30s, especially when you add glass cabinets doors on the uppermost cabinets. 

4. Level: When you have an open space above your cabinets, most kitchen remodelers hang them all level. It is a fairly standard, go-to option, and one that has stood the test of time.

5. Staggered: The trend the last few years has been to stagger the tops of the cabinetry so that some areas, namely around the stove, have taller cabinets that other areas. The idea is that staggering the cabinetry gives the illusion of custom cabinetry while using stock pieces and elaborate molding and trim pieces.

The average homeowner spends over $50,000 on a kitchen remodel. Knowing how and where you want your kitchen cabinets hung is just one of the many decisions that will need to be made. Whether you like the look of a soffit or staggered cabinets with an open space for displaying items above, the choice is yours. 


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