Cabinets: To the Ceiling or Not? That is the Question
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing cabinetry for a new kitchen. Aside from style, color and finish, you have a tough choice between building your cabinets all the way to the top of walls, flush with the ceiling, or leaving space between the cabinets and the ceiling. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits and shortcomings of each option. Building ceiling-height cabinets Ceiling height cabinets can elongate a room and also create space for additional shelving inside of the cabinet. You also don’t ever need to worry about dust accumulating on top of the cabinets, and finding a way to reach it. Hudson Valley’s glass case cabinets extend all the way to the ceiling are great to use display cases for higher-up shelving. These shelves add a more modern aesthetic to a kitchen and the glass fronts create depth to the space. Although they look nice, these cabinets also may become harder to maintain over time as they need to be cleaned much more regularly than non-glass fronts. Before making this decision, there are other things you should consider as well including whether or not your ceiling has crown molding which will make it more difficult to have ceiling-height cabinetry. Leaving space above the cabinets Some homeowners want to be able to display things on top of the cabinets. In this case, you should opt to build cabinets that don’t extend all the way to the ceiling. This also creates more open shelf space and a great place to display art, as well as add uplighting to add more light and brightness to the kitchen. Space above the cabinets can also be a burden to clean and can collect a lot of dust over time if not cleaned regularly. The choice of building cabinets to the ceiling or leaving space all comes down to a personal aesthetic. While this decision is not a make or break for your kitchen, it is something that is difficult to be reversed once the decision is made, so weigh each option completely before fully committing.