I am building a new kitchen and am thinking about moving my cabinets
to 24inches high raterthan the standard 18 inches.
The kitchen guy is adiment about doing this and implied it is really
"stupid" idea. My reasoning is that the kitchen will look more open
and have a greater flexibility to use the counter space under the
cabinets. I have 9ft celings and high 42inch cabinets so I do have
This way it will also reduce the amount of whitespace on the top.
I appreciate any opinions you may have onthis.
I think you should do what you want, but consider this before your
decide what you want.
First I agree that it may well look better higher. It also will allow
better access and use of the counter space.
On the down side, the usable storage space is going to go way down.
Even the lowest shelf is going to be higher than most people are comfortable
with. Try reaching for a shelf at 24 inches in someone else's home, then
consider the next higher shelf. It will also cause some perspective buyers
to shy off. Personally I don't worry about perspective buyers, but it is a
consideration for people who move often. Last if you are going to have a
range hood, they normally are designed to work with standard height
cabinets. The higher mounting will reduce efficiency.
as long as it is figured in the planning before the cabinets are made.
otherwise you will run into space issues where your appliances are.
you "will" only be able to reach the bottom shelf with-out a stool
(in your case maybe a 4' step ladder)
I think your cabinet guy is right ...............it IS a stupid idea.
Six inches difference? If a future owner wants them lower, it's not
that hard to do.
Just keep in the planning how often you
might want to access stuff that is in higher shelves. Depends how tall
you are. My hubby won't bend over to take anything out of a base
cabinet, so he leaves stuff on the counter. :o)
On 4 Dec 2003 10:34:25 -0800, email@example.com (tweety) wrote:
I believe "standard" counter and cabinet heights were established
sometime in the 50s based on the average woman's height (who else
would be in the kitchen?) I just measured, and the lower edge of my
cabinets are 20" above the counter, the bottom surface about 22". The
total height of the cabinets is 30". Where available, the above
cabinet space is open for storage of seldom-used or bulky items. I am
5'8" and can easily reach everything in the cabinets (bottom surface
and 1 shelf). I use a kitchen stepladder for the above-cabinet space.
I don't think an "open" look should be the main consideration if you
and others actually do a lot of work in the kitchen. If I'd been
thinking clearly when my kitchen was redone, I would have had the
*counter* level raised an inch (from 35" to 36") so that I'm not
slightly bent over during food prep or sink operations.
Sorry for the piggyback; I didn't get the original message.
Tell the "kitchen guy" to put the cabinets where you want them or he's
fired. If he thinks you're stupid, he will do a shoddy job anyway 'cause
he will think he can get a way with it. You don't want someone like that
installing your cabinets; he will hang them crooked or not anchor them to
the walls properly.
When my parents had a house built 40 years ago, (not a fancy one by any
means) the cabinet installer measured my mom's height and reach and put the
countertops and cabinets about 2 or 3 inches higher than normal -- my dad
is 6' 6" and my mom is 5' 11". And they've been happy with them all this time.
Thank you all for your help with this delima.
Everyone in my family is between 5-4 and 5-7 tall. If I move the
range up by 6 inches would that be a big problem from efficiency
We cook a lot of food with onions/garlic and oil so I want the exaust
to work at peak especially in the winter when I can't open the windows
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