Tall Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the options for tall kitchen cabinets to see how you can add storage into your kitchen design.

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Tall kitchen cabinets help make use of unused space near the ceiling.

Tall kitchen cabinets are a part of many kitchens and are often referred to as pantry or utility cabinets. They typically come in standard sizes, although they may need to be custom built to fit in your space.


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Kitchen cabinets take up important real estate in your kitchen, and they serve both functional and design purposes. Their main function in general is to serve as storage space for various food products, cookware and dishware. Basic types of cabinets include base cabinets and wall cabinets, each of which typically come in standard sizes.

In general, base kitchen cabinets are 24 inches deep and 36 inches high. They sit directly on the floor or rest upon a 4-inch toe kick riser. Their width can vary depending on what's sitting on top of them: sinks, cooktops or countertops. Wall cabinets are usually 24 inches high and 12 to 16 inches deep. The standard width for two-door wall cabinets is 30 to 36 inches.

Tall kitchen cabinets, on the other hand aren't as black-and-white in terms of sizing. While they are usually 84 inches high, they can range up to 96 inches tall as well to accommodate required pantry or utility storage.

Many tall kitchen cabinets are used for pantries since their floor-to-ceiling height allows for shelves that accommodate food and supplies efficiently. They can also be used for utility storage as again their height can accommodate tall storage items such brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners.

Aside from using floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinets as pantries, homeowners seeking more storage and a unique and elongated design in their kitchen may decide to place tall kitchen cabinets on their walls or as their base cabinets. In order for these types of cabinets to be made longer than their standard size, however, they will need to be custom made, which can be more costly a project than purchasing standard-sized stock cabinets.

Whether for added design or added storage, tall kitchen cabinets bring a fresh look and much needed functional space to any kitchen.


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