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Using “Soffit” Or The Space Above Your Kitchen Cabinets

The space above kitchen cabinets, also known as “soffit,” can be used for a multitude of purposes. From an aesthetic point of view, it helps to fill the gap between kitchen cabinets and the ceiling with an interesting feature that completes the overall look of your kitchen. It can also provide extra storage space for seldom-used items, like seasonal dishes or appliances. Furthermore, soffit can serve as wallspace to display decorative pieces such as family photographs and artwork.

Can You Remove the Kitchen Soffits?

In some cases, it may be possible to remove the soffit from above your kitchen cabinets. However, before doing so, you should consult a qualified contractor or design professional to determine if it is feasible and safe for your home.

Removing the soffit could potentially create issues with the structural integrity of your kitchen if not done correctly. Additionally, additional ventilation may be needed depending on the amount and type of material stored in this area since homes without a soffit often experience more condensation buildup and mold growth due to poor air circulation.

Advantages of Removing Kitchen Soffits

If you are able to remove the kitchen soffit, there can be many advantages.

Better Lighting and Visual Affect

Removing the soffit may help with better lighting and open up visual space in your kitchen. It provides an area where you can install additional lighting to brighten the room.

More Storage

It could also allow for more storage options as you would have access to all of the wall space above your kitchen cabinets, where you can extend your cabinets upwards for additional storage.

Custom Look

Also, it allows you to take advantage of higher ceilings while giving your kitchen a more custom, open look.

Alternatives of Removing Kitchen Soffits

If you cannot or do not want to remove the kitchen soffit, there are still several alternative options available.

Painting and Wallpaper

You can paint the soffit using a color that matches your cabinets or wallpaper it with a pattern of your choice.

Decorative Displays

You can also use this space to display decorative pieces such as artwork, family photographs, plants, and other items.

Adding Shelving

Installing open shelving above the cabinets is another option for those looking for additional storage without sacrificing style. This gives you more space for things like cookbooks and serving dishes. You could even install lighting inside the shelves to make them stand out more in your kitchen.

Interested in Remodeling Your Kitchen?

No matter how you decide to make use of the soffit space above your kitchen cabinets, it is important that you take into consideration any necessary structural or safety concerns before proceeding. With the right planning and design, this, and other areas of your kitchen can be transformed into a functional and stylish addition to your kitchen. Express Cabinet and Granite offers  sales and installation of kitchen cabinets in Pittsburgh for home owners who are dealing with an older house and need new ones or simply want to change things up again!

Contact Express Cabinet and Granite today to learn more!