Nice idea. As I'm considering building
a new home, I'm going to keep
that in mind. But, what I did in this
house when remodeling, was to buy
36" upper cabinets instead of 30". I
then dropped the ceiling around the
perimeter of the kitchen .... about 2'
out. In the middle of the kitchen is
rectangle of the original height
ceiling. To make it interesting, instead of
just a rectangle, I cut off the corners
making it a stretched octagon. On
the vertical between the original
ceiling and the dropped ceiling, about
6", we put a wallpaper boarder. In
addition, in the original ceiling are
2 small skylight ports, about 22" x 30".
The skylights are great, because
the kitchen was very dark. Boy, that
was hard to describe. I know it's
probably too late for the OP, but most
people really like the look.
My Dad boxed his in using hidden hinges and latches. IT looked like any old
soffit but if you pushed in the right spot, the door hinged up and exposed
a hidden storage space. OF course none of us were tall enough to reach it so
it didnt get used very often (mostly to hide the christmas presents that
nobody liked but just couldnt dispose of.)
Why will there be space? Why not install them up to the ceiling? How about
no upper cabinets at all? I have no cabinets above my counters, and I just
can't imagine how closed-in upper cabinets must make the kitchen. I have one
floor to ceiling cabinet next to the fridge and one cabinet over the fridge
which goes up to the ceiling. The other 11 cabinets are all beneath the
counters and island. Don't the cabinets block a few of the windows?
Trinkets, misc "straw" thingys, lighting, etc.
Here's what I did with the space on one kitchen I redid.
What it was like before:
Firstly, kitchen low priority. The kitchen is for getting food and
pinching the wifes bum when she is cooking and can't deflect your
Second, do not store anything up there it will gather dust and look
even worse than an empty space.
Third, start brewing your own beer and store the bottles up there.
This will drive the wife crazy and she will insist that you store your
bottles in the shed/workshop or basement. You will move your bottles
and get to spend some quality time in the shed. Your wife will take
possession of the space above the cupboards and the problem will now
be hers. Job done.
Seriously, cupboards up that high are a waste of time (unless really
really need the space) we have some up high in our kitchen with a
similar gap above. We used to store baskets up there but my wife is
not tall enough to reach them so they just got covered in dust and we
obviously didn't need them so finally ended up throwing them out.
The flourescent lights are not a bad idea, add it to the list of
things to do before you die.
I reckon drywalling it the best option, it may seem a waste of space,
but it will tidy it up nicely and there will be no issues with dust,
hideous plates bought from the back of readers digest or relationship
issues resulting from too much home brewed beer. Plus an extra bonus
with the drywalling job is that you are close to the fridge and may be
able to get the odd bum pinch in while you are doing the job. What
more could a man want, tools, food and sex (well a knock back
Fairly useless area. We made the space a feature, by putting low wattage
rope lighting along the back of the top cabinets, so at night the slight
illumination would kill the dark shadows in that area, making it dramatic vs
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