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Old 01-10-2010, 11:08 PM   #1
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Wall Cabinets as Base

I would like to use some wall cabinets as base cabinets, only have 14".

What would be the best way to mount these?
How would I build a frame/base to bring them up to base height?



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Old 01-10-2010, 11:28 PM   #2
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Typical finished base cabinets have a height of approx 36". My suggestion is to mount the cabinets on the wall like normal to be finished at 36". You could then design some sort of roll out storage for the space under the cabinets. Just my 2cents though.



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Old 01-10-2010, 11:40 PM   #3
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cabinet dimensions

Here is an image showing the 'typical' dimensions that we use around here.
Notice the Upper cabinet height is the same as the base cabinet height of 30 inches.
The base cabinets are placed on a 4 3/4" plywood base that is leveled and installed to the wall, then the cabinet is mounted on top of it and fastened to the wall as well.
A 1 1/4 " top is added to bring the countertop height to 36" off the floor.

The base is made of 3/4" plywood strips, glued and nailed with a couple of corner gussets to stiffen and square them. The depth of the kick box off the wall is adjusted to suit the 'toe-kick' finishing material and the image shows the finished size. If you face it with lino, no adjustment is required.

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They do sell wall cabinets that are 36" high
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:08 PM   #5
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Do they need to match the height of other base cabinets? The issue would be to match the base height so the cabinets looked appropriate. Standard base cabinets have about a 4" kick space. Wall cabinets come in 30", 36" and 42" as standard heights. The bases on these would not be 4". You could get close with a 30" cabinet. The base would be 4 1/2" to match the 34 1/2" base cabinet.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:34 PM   #6
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I'd recess the frame base about two inches. Make it twenty and a half inches high if you are going to use a standard counter that is one and a half inches thick. As others have mentioned the finished height to the top of the counter is 36"


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