There are a lot of things to consider when installing new kitchen cabinets. You have to think about whether they are going to suit the vibe of your kitchen, look good with your countertops and fit the space well. One factor that plays a huge role in ensuring that your cabinets look great is having them installed correctly. It is the difference between an amateur-looking job and one that looks sleek and professional.
Here are the two types of cabinets you will need in your kitchen and all the factors to consider about them:
Base cabinets come in two varieties: standard and custom. Standard base cabinets are made in heights of 34.5. That measurement does not account for the addition of a countertop though. You also have to consider that a perfectly flat floor is rare, so you will need to adjust the Cabinets to ensure everything is even. If you do not do this, the cabinets will follow sit at different heights along with the slopes and curves of your floor and look uneven. Shims are used under cabinets to ensure everything remains level.
There are cases where taller or shorter cabinets are needed. An example is wheelchair-accessible countertops. These countertops should be around 28 inches high, depending on the person. Cabinets, then, are shortened custom to the needed height. Some people also deal with conditions where bending forward is too strenuous. In that case, a base cabinet would be raised to their elbow height so that they do not have to bend down to use their countertop.
These cabinets need to be low enough for most people to reach the first and second shelf, but high enough that items can be placed underneath. The sweet spot is around 18 inches, but in kitchens that are built with accessibility in mind, it is usually about 15 inches. One of the most significant factors in upper cabinets is whether they reach the ceiling or not. Most cabinets, even if they look like they reach the ceiling, do not go that high. Instead, they merely give the illusion of being flush against the ceiling by using Crown Moulding. This moulding covers the space between the ceiling and upper cabinets.
In kitchens with vaulted ceilings, or by special request, installers can create and fit custom cabinets that reach all the height of the ceiling, giving more storage for things are not needed as often. Some cabinets must also be custom made smaller. This includes cabinets that go above the refrigerator, sink or a range. These cabinets all have to sit aligned with the top of standard cabinets so that they all at the same height still.
You want your kitchen cabinets to look as good as the rest of your kitchen, which is why you need the team at iHome Cabinets & Countertops. We get the job done and get it done right! Contact us today for an estimate to see how you can make the most of your kitchen storage space.