Kitchen Design Idea: Extend Cabinets with Floating Shelves

Kitchen Design Idea: Extend Cabinets with Floating Shelves

Taryn Williford
Sep 12, 2014
(Image credit: 7th House on the Left)

The open kitchen look—it's fabulous, but requires an almost obsessive disposition for tidiness and a propensity to love dusting. But hey... nobody's saying you have to dive head-first into open shelves in the kitchen. If you like the look of stacking your best wares out in the open in the kitchen (or if you just need a little extra room), look for a small (or big!) nook where you can squeeze in a few floating shelves to extend your kitchen storage.

(Image credit: 7th House on the Left)


With just a tiny space next to the end of their upper cabinets, Greg and Ashley cut store-bought floating shelves in half to create compact spots with just enough room for dish towels and dog treats in their Hanover, Virginia, ranch home. I just love how it's a functional way to balance out the space around their kitchen window (who doesn't need more storage?). Check out their process on 7th House on the Left.

(Image credit: Burritos and Bubbly)


Kerry and Andy built floating shelves from scratch to fill a space in their Cleveland home between the upper cabinets and a floor-to-ceiling exposed brick chimney. It was a huge effort (read about it here on Burritos and Bubbly). But when the result is perfectly-proportioned shelves that work great and look great? Well worth the effort.

(Image credit: San Diego Magazine)


If there's lots of open space, say, on either side of a range hood, it's the perfect spot to fill in with a symmetrical arrangement of open shelves. The ones in this University City home featured in San Diego Magazine are attached on one side to the upper cabinets and to the boxed-in fridge on the other, creating a built-in look for spices and other gear for easy access during cooking.

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