If you are thinking of a kitchen remodel, the LAST thing on your mind is the height of your upper cabinets. Yet, it is a question some designers will ask you, so it is important to know what going beyond the standard could do for your home.
Kitchens these days are going way beyond standard. The standard height between upper and lower cabinets is 18 to 20 inches. Go lower than 18 inches and small countertop appliances like blenders, stand mixers and coffee makers won’t fit.
When to Raise The Cabinets Height:
When the family is tall: If the cooks in the kitchen are 5’8” or taller, raising the cabinets out of reaching distance isn’t an issue. If you have a shorter family, lots of cabinet makers have options for built in footstools or even library ladders.
When you have a statement backsplash: When you pay a little extra to have a unique backsplash you want to show it off.
When you have darker cabinets: Darker cabinets can make a kitchen feel small. Raising the cabinets and having a lighter backsplash can break up the darkness and make the kitchen feel larger.
When you have high ceilings: When you have high ceilings you have more height space to play with. Raising cabinets when you have higher ceilings makes your kitchen seem more grand and won’t cut into your storage space.
Keep in mind that every inch you raise your cabinets, you are risking storage space and putting your cabinets further and further from reaching distance. Especially if you still want decor space above your upper cabinets, raising them may leave you lacking space.
If you are considering a kitchen remodel, or have questions about upper cabinet heights contact us.