Zenkuchen: The Best Ways to Utilise the Top of Your Kitchen Cabinets

We all hate wasted space. However, in many kitchens, it’s right there all around the room above your kitchen cabinets. The most radical solution to this is, of course, to redesign and refurbish your kitchen space. As part of the design process, wasted space can be minimised and utilised in a functional way. However, perhaps this isn’t an option just yet. So what are the best ways to make the most of that annoying gap in between your ceiling and the top of your kitchen cabinets?

For Display

1. Serving Pieces

For those pieces of tableware that are decorative or infrequently used, the gap above your kitchen cabinets can be an ideal space to place them on display. It’s a shame to hide beautiful crockery away. On an occasion, like Christmas, that you need to access them, they’re not buried at the back of a cupboard so this can be a practical arrangement too.

2. A Lofty Art Gallery

If the gap between ceiling and cabinet is high enough, you can use it to display all those great pieces of artwork that you can’t find a home for. From framed prints to sculpture to canvases, these things can become a real talking point within your kitchen design.

3. A Distinctive Collection

Perhaps you have a thing for ornamental jugs or die cast vehicles? Why not use your kitchen to reveal and display this passion? Displaying your collection above your kitchen cabinets keeps these precious items out of harm’s way while allowing them to be appreciated.

For Extra Storage

1. Baskets and Boxes

To make the most of the storage space above your kitchen cabinets, baskets and boxes are the key. In this way, you can maintain a streamlined kitchen design and keep safely stowed those bits and pieces that you barely use.

2. Cookbooks

Many of us accrue a huge range of cookbooks over the years. There are two things to do with such an extensive cookbook collection: declutter or display. With such a long stretch of space available above your kitchen cabinets, this space is a great location for your cookbooks.

3. Extra Wine Storage

There is never too much wine storage space in a kitchen. By installing racks above your kitchen cabinets, a large number of bottles can be safely stored so that you’re never caught short. This solution has the added benefit of looking great too!

For Something a bit Different

1. Greenery

Whether faux or real, the top of your kitchen cabinets is a great space to bring the outside in to your room. Trailing plants give a feeling of depth – as long as they don’t get in the way. As the plants are at height, they will benefit from abundant sunlight so care is minimal. Even if you go fake, the look of greenery will make your kitchen feel fresh and natural.

2. Lighting

This is a bit of a project but looks really effective. Install uplighting to make this previously redundant space a real talking point. You can experiment with colour or intelligent lighting systems to make the feature flexible and adaptable.

3. Leave it Alone Until Christmas!

Of course, you don’t actually need to do anything at all. Leaving the gap open is always an option if you prefer. Then, come Christmas, it’s a great place for festive branches or lights.

For a DIY project

1. Add a Shelf

If the gap between cabinet and ceiling is large enough, you may be able to install an additional shelf to really utilise the space to its maximum. You can store more frequently used items here but you’ll probably need to invest in a stepping stool!

2. Fill the Space

If you don’t require or desire the extra storage but this gap is getting you down, it can be boxed off and painted in your kitchen wall or cabinet colour scheme.

3. Move everything down

Moving cabinets down to make a more useable space above is a big project. Indeed it is possibly one that, if you are considering, means that it is time for a kitchen refit!

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