I'm looking to build wall cabinets for a kitchen with an 8' ceiling that go (essentially) all the way to the ceiling (i.e. no soffit). At first glance, this would seem to dictate 42" cabinets. However, I'm wondering what those experienced do in this case. I'm planning to us a 2" face frame with a 1/2" overlay door. I'm also going to be putting up crown molding, and it seems that the 1.5" left on the top is going to be pretty tight for crown molding. I'm considering either of the following (or perhaps a combination). I'm thinking about using 3" stock for the top rails to provide a wider space to place the crown molding. I'm also considering leaving an inch of space between the cabinet and the ceiling to a) account for any variation out of level in the ceiling and b) provide additional space to fit in the crown molding. If I left additional space at the top, I would, of course, shorten the cabinet accordingly to leave the same amount of space between the countertop and the bottom of the wall cabinets. Which way would you go?
And since I have your attention, I know that stock kitchen cabinets are generally 12" deep. Do any of you bump that out an inch or two?