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Use the space on top of kitchen cabinets

The space at the top of kitchen cabinets generally goes to waste if you don't have cabinet to the ceiling, but you can make use of this valuable space.


Many kitchens have cabinets that don't go all the way to the ceiling, leaving a space that could be put to good use. We trolled the web looking for practical ways to make good use of this valuable space.

An easy way to make use of the space at the top of kitchen cabinets is to add more storage via built-ins. This is not as difficult as it looks and you can easily build boxes using pine, plywood or SupaWood that can be stained to match your existing kitchen cabinets, or painted.





use space on top of kitchen cabinets

Fitting basic cubbies or open shelves is the easiest way to make use of the space above your kitchen cabinets, but there are other ways to fill up the space if you need more practical storage for the kitchen.

I must admit to being a bit of a neat freak - I prefer to have clutter behind closed doors! If this is you, then you might want to consider filling the space on top of the cupboards with more storage space. This is the same method as for building cubbies or framed, open storage but with doors fitted onto the front. Nowadays there are plenty of materials to choose from that allow you to match the new cubbies with your existing kitchen. Alternatively, look at fitting new doors to you wall cabinets to blend the look together. 

use space on top of kitchen cabinets 

You can even go so far as adding cubbies on top of the cabinet and then replacing existing wall cabinet doors with doors that are high enough to cover both the existing cabinets and your new cubbies. If you decide to take the DIY route for adding storage on top of your kitchen cabinets - work with a door style that is easy to do yourself.

You will find a variety of suppliers that offer moulding and trim that can be adding to doors to finish off - or look at getting a quotation to have the work done for you. It might cost you more, but kitchen installers have access to a lot more materials than what you would be able to find at your local Builders or hardware store. 

If you don't need the extra storage space, it's always nice to add decorative elements on top of cupboards. Choose accessories that complement the look and feel of the kitchen, or put some of your favourite collectibles on display.