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Hayward 06-16-2011 07:27 AM

Kitchen Wall Cabinets

My contractor is installing my upper cabinets and says they should be flush against the ceiling with no trim between the cabinet and the ceiling. Looks awful to me. The doors go right to the top of the cabinet too so are only about 1/2 inch from the ceiling. Shouldn't there be some sort of trim up there to finish the upper edge where the cabinet meets the ceiling? If I move the cabinets down to allow more space for trim, then there's no place on the cabinet frame to nail in the trim. It would have to be nailed to the ceiling only.

Thanks for any help.

TxBuilder 06-16-2011 12:58 PM

It sounds like those cabinets were built with no intention of using a trim at the top. Do you have some pictures of the gap?

oldognewtrick 06-16-2011 04:52 PM


Originally Posted by TxBuilder (Post 57999)
It sounds like those cabinets were built with no intention of using a trim at the top. Do you have some pictures of the gap?

Also, what is the ceiling heigth? How much space between the bottom of the cabinets and the top of the counter? Pics always help.

joecaption 06-18-2011 07:46 AM

Kitchen Cabinets
They could have simply added a strip of 3/4" or even a full 2 X 4 at the tops of the cabinets set flush with the front of the rails and attached it from inside the cabinets through the rails, then just line up the trim or crown moulding with the very top of the cabinets so the nailers do not show but would give some added holding power to the nails.

jack12 07-15-2011 04:09 AM

I think the strip of 3*4 will be best. Cabinets plays vital role in kitchen thus best fitting is very necessary

RocLok 07-23-2011 11:28 PM

Depending on the height of the upper cabinets, you may or may not be able to lower the cabinets without affecting the distance between the upper and lower cabinets in a negative way. If you decrease the distance between the cabinets too much it will look strange and be difficult to use all of the counter space.

So given that you can lower then, installation of crown molding above the doors to the ceiling looks great and adds a lot. In my last kitchen we left enough room for the crown molding plus 1” so we were able to install a rope light above the cabinets, it made a nice effect of light across the ceiling above the crown molding and cabinets. Crown molding is not very heavy so the supports for the molding do not need to be huge. We used pieces of 2X4 and cut out a section so it went over the upper edge of the cabinet, this allowed us to mount the molding to the 2X4 and the lower edge of the molding was flush with the upper edge of the door.

Now the reality is that the installation of the molding was complicated especially because of the type of crown we chose, it added about $1500-2,000 to the cost. There were several corners and things that added to the complexity, but it is not inexpensive if you pay someone to do it for you.

Like mentioned before a picture is worth a thousand words, attach one and we can help more.


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