A newer trend in kitchens is to move most or all of the cabinetry to one floor-to-ceiling wall of doors and drawers. This provides the necessary storage to do away with upper cabinets and some lower cabinets as well, without sacrificing space you need for dishes and pantry items. While it sounds like a good idea, it might not be right for every kitchen.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry literally goes from the floor to the ceiling. Typically confined to a single wall in the kitchen, moving all of the storage to one wall creates more options for how to use the rest of the space in the kitchen where cabinets would normally be. Great examples of kitchens this option works for are open floor plan kitchens and U-shaped kitchens where having a set of upper cabinets hanging down from the ceiling would obstruct the view and block valuable light. If your kitchen isn’t U-shaped or open floor plan, that doesn’t mean floor-to-ceiling cabinets can’t work for you. It depends on the layout and size of the wall that will be used for cabinetry. Will that wall be large enough to create sufficient storage to do away with cabinets elsewhere in the kitchen?
Benefits of Floor-to-Ceiling Cabinetry
Choosing floor-to-ceiling cabinetry can provide a number of benefits. Just a few of those benefits include:
- Open up space for more natural light to flow through, making the kitchen feel lighter and brighter.
- Adds openness and light to your workspace. Without upper cabinets to cast shadows onto the counter, your work space has more light and is easier to work in.
- Creates a backdrop of color for your kitchen and visual interest. You can choose darker cabinets with a light-colored counter material to create contrast and visual interest in the space.
- Can build in appliances into your cabinet wall to keep them off counters and free up counter space, such as the microwave or even build in an extra oven.
- By providing a whole wall of storage space, there is a home for everything which means no more clutter. This is especially helpful in U-shaped kitchens where clutter is very noticeable.
- You can add a niche in your cabinet wall to hold cookbooks, act as a sideboard or even as a place to display heirloom dishes
Moving the cabinetry to one wall and going floor-to-ceiling is a great way to create more useable space in some kitchens, particularly open floor plan and U-shaped kitchens. However, much depends on the kitchen layout and size to determine if this cabinetry strategy is a good fit for your kitchen. Not sure if this might be an option for you? The pros at The Cabinet Market can help you explore this and other cabinet options to give you the best storage solution that works for your kitchen.