Should Your Cabinets Go to the Ceiling
If you have been looking at remodeling magazines or watching remodeling television shows you will notice most all the designs will have the cabinetry go to the ceiling. Experts say this is a look that elongates the cabinets and makes the room fill larger. Some people have kitchens where the cabinets stop short of the ceiling creating a gap between the top of their cabinetry and the ceiling. In the 80’s and 90’s most new construction builders stopped short of the ceiling due to the fact of stock cabinetry and to lower their materials cost. Most stock cabinetry at that time came in either 30” or 36” heights equal to 84” or 90” high from the floors. Also some of the older homes have a soffit above their cabinets because builders would hide the HVAC or pipes inside the soffit for easy distribution of the air to vent outside. Taking your cabinetry all the way to the ceiling might be the best fit for you, but there are some reasons that you wouldn’t want to take your cabinets to the ceiling.
· The height of your ceiling is at a much higher measurement (over 10’ high). You will never be able to reach into the cabinets. For this reason you would spend money on an aesthetic look only. Not for functionality.
· Some people like to leave a gap so they can put decorations above their cabinets.
· If your kitchen is not the right size, as in height or width, it could make your kitchen feel smaller.
· If there are cabinets up to the ceiling you need to find a way to get up to them to clean them. Depending on the height of your ceiling this could be a hassle.
· There is no sure way to vent out or hide your HVAC duct work or distribute your plumbing pipes. For this you will need the soffit.
· Ceilings are never straight and have fluctuations throughout the area. To keep these from being noticeable it could be better to leave a gap between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling.
When going to ceiling with your cabinets make sure you have decided what to do with trim above connecting to the ceiling as in the top crown above the cabinets and the room ceiling crown. At some point these two crowns will intersect and there must be a plan to join them in a way that is pleasing to the eye. Will they be coped together? Meaning using a coping saw by hand creating an overlap of one onto the other. Will they need a transition block? This is a decorative block that is designed to be installed between the two crowns so that each different size or style crown intersects into the side of the block instead of each other. Do you use the same crown throughout? You could buy enough of one of the crown types and use it throughout the whole area. This seems like it would be an easy conflict to solve but is a very important question to resolve beforehand so that there is enough materials onsite to get the job done. Not all ceilings are perfect and mostly have fluctuations throughout. For a clean and fluid look, installers will use fillers horizontally attached to the top of the cabinetry and then attach the crown to this filler. By doing this the filler creates a way to manipulate the crown with the fluctuations of the ceiling. By doing this you have a consistent line across the ceiling and crown that the normal globs of caulk covering gaps and inconsistencies. So remember, you need to decide if you want decorations above your cabinets, do you have to cover pipes or HVAC, or will the area feel smaller and closed in with bigger items.