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Forum topic by CudaDude posted 06-20-2015 01:41 PM 745 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2015 01:41 PM

I’m don’t intend to build any cabinets for several years, so I’m only asking this to satisfy my own curiosity. I see some cabinets that go up to the ceiling, but the majority I see are around a foot or sixteen inches from the ceiling. Why not just go all the way to the ceiling? It doesn’t seem like it would add much to the over all cost, that open space up there does little but collect dust and you would obviously have more cabinet storage. I just don’t see a reason the leave all that open space other than individual preference. Like I said. I’m just curious. I’m not saying one looks better than the other.

-- Gary

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#1 posted 06-20-2015 01:50 PM

can you reach the ceiling of your house or can you reach 12” below the ceiling?
that’s why I do it, most people can’t quite reach all the way up buy close!

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#2 posted 06-20-2015 02:32 PM

Some reasons:

It’s cheaper. Less Material

Easier to install, you can tilt a unit into place.

Full height you have to make it in 2 pcs or at least make a base it can sit on. Also, nothing is level or flat so you also end up putting on crown or some kind of molding to cover the gap. (Which means more work.)

Unit’s going to the ceiling are usually Built In’s to stay. When they don’t they are easier to take with you.

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#3 posted 06-20-2015 03:45 PM

Helped finish a custom kitchen that had that top section reserved for glass front doors that had led lights
behind them to show off some of the housewifes collections. Would be too expensive for a lot of homes.
woodust explains why regular cabinets to not reach the ceiling, but it would be nice to have them and a
storage space for a special stepstool to reach them.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 06-20-2015 04:29 PM

That’s the beauty of custom cabinets—-you can have them any way you want: to the ceiling, or not. With glass doors, crown molding, lighting, “swing down” upper shelves, built-in step-ladder, ... whatever you can dream up (and the budget will allow).

But yes, woodust is right. “Stock” cabinets are shorter for cost and installation reasons. (The ones I built for my own kitchen run to the ceiling, but I’ve built and installed lots of variations)

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#5 posted 06-20-2015 04:49 PM

One reason why I like the space above the cabinets (I’m assuming in a kitchen) is that you can store stuff that you don’t use often up there. It’s open so you can see what’s up there.

I have a space above my kitchen cabinets and I don’t find much dust collecting up there. If it does … who’s going to see it anyway? I don’t think dust can jump that high anyway … lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 06-20-2015 08:23 PM

I don t think dust can jump that high anyway … lol

- tyvekboy

Guess I got some froggy dust around my place then (no pun intended). Recently painted the kitchen and the tops of the cabinets were caked with dust. That’s actually what spawned my curiosity about the full height cabinets.

-- Gary

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