When you're looking for options to transform the look of your kitchen cabinets, one of the often overlooked details is the space that's left between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Although the standard placement for these cabinets puts them either flush with or just below ceiling height, sometimes that gap can be bothersome and unsightly. In addition, it's hard to keep clean. Here are a few tips for you to address that space without making more work for yourself:
Install False Panel Covers
If you've got only a small gap over your cabinets and it's not large enough to be of any practical use, often the best solution is simply to install a false panel to cover the space. Attached with screws, nails or contractor's glue, the panel cover will block off the space and keep you from dealing with dust accumulation.
While you're at it, you can add some moulding to the top of the cabinet and panel frames. This will help you to create a cohesive look that makes the panel appear as though it were part of the original design. It also covers the top of the panel, making for a more polished and finished appearance.
Add A Secondary Set Of Cabinets
Another way to make that space useful is to add a second row of cabinets. This is typically a more viable option if the space between the cabinets and the ceiling is larger, but it can be done with short cabinets as well.
One of the best things about this is that you can have the cabinets matched to the existing set, creating a seamless finish that doesn't disrupt the overall flow of your kitchen decor. And, it expands your storage space, even if it means storing only cans or something smaller in that space.
Replace The Cabinet System Entirely
Although this is somewhat a drastic measure, if you're not content with any other resolution, it's the best way to go. One big advantage to installing custom cabinets is that you can have them crafted so that they are mounted from the ceiling down. This is also a great opportunity for you to transform the look of your kitchen by completely changing the design and style of the cabinets you install.
As you can see, there are many options to deal with that open space above your cabinets. If you're looking for more information about your options or which is the best one for you, contact your local cabinet makers.