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Old 09-23-2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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what wall cabinet height to choose?


We have 9ft ceilings on the 1st floor.
The kitchen currently has 42" wall cabinets.
We are replacing the wall cabinets, and at least 2 of them I want to replace with cabinets that go to the ceiling after the 3 5/8" crown is installed.

My question is, I know 3 5/8" isn't the exact height of the crown
(we haven't actually purchased it yet)
Sp what height to I request those 2 wall cabinets so there is enough room to install 3 5/8" crown?
The wall cabinet above the range will be at least 15" deep where the other wall cabinets will be 12 1/2" deep.

Here is a photo of the kitchen where I replicated the cabinet above the range to make it look taller like we plan to order.
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You do know that 3 5/8" crown on the flat is not going to be 3 5/8" vertically when installed?Best bet is to pick the crown before the cabinets and get an exact measurement as it will be installed.
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yes, I realized that which was why I was asking. Didn't know if there was a mathematical way to know what the crown height would actually be installed.
I'm thinking 3 5/8" would be the maximum crown size I should go with my cabinets. I know there was a 5 and something crown and even larger, but too big for our kitchen.
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The angles on the bottom and top of crown do vary.That's why you need to pick the crown first.There are different spring angles.If you knew what crown you were using there are formulas to figure this out but since they vary you don't know the angle of the crown which makes these formulas worthless.
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I would do a stacked crown that adds up to about 6". With stacked crown, usually there is one piece that goes up vertically, and then your regular crown attaches to that. The big benefit to doing it this way is that ceilings are not usually level, and trying to install crown on top of the cabinets and touch the ceiling can leave gaps. Having 2 pieces with a vertical section allows some float room and will hide any unlevel areas.
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If I went with stacked crown, do I have to do that on say the 42" high that won't go to the ceiling, as well as the 2 I want to go to the ceiling? Here is one I found on Facebook from a local trim installer that we may have install our wall cabinets.



Here is a photo of a local kitchen he had done in the past.
Don't know the height of that kitchen, nor the cabinet height, but the layout is similar except the cabinet to the right of the smaller high cabinet is 27" wide and I also want to do my corner susan wall cabinet to the ceiling.

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Because of shorter family, I put the upper cabinet at 16" for easier reach (from finished counter top). It gets crowded with that mixer with motor that pivots up and down?
What is recommended is 18". Some adjustments are possible, so from there, it's up to what you want.
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I think it's a township code that kitchen cabinets have to be 18". We aren't really short so to speak, although I'm 5'4" husband is 6'3" We have 2 small appliances, the coffee maker and the Brevel toaster oven that have to fit under our counters.
I was actually thinking to raise it 18.5" or even 19" since we are putting a light rail under the cabinet that will lower the height a bit.
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When our upper cabinets were installed we had one area we installed at 17" to accommodate a microwave shelf. And I sure do wish it was 18". I moved the dish drain to the other side of the sink where it is 18" for the extra height. Who would have thought 1" would make that much difference in functionality. YMMV 😀
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good point MaineLL For us at least, our microwave isn't on a shelf, but over the range. Wondering if raising that cabinet even 1 inch who help or hurt.
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