Countertop spacing (again)
I know this has been discussed numerous times. And again alot of this is personal perference. A few observations from the posts I have read. The standard seems to be 16-18'' of space bewteen counterop and wall cabinet.
16'' seems to be more for people that are shorter as the upper wall cabinets are more within reach
18'' seems to be what most KD advocate for and are pretty diehard on it being here.
Here is my dileam and this post laid it out perfectly in terms of what Iam facing.
"As a KD, I always advise my clients to install the wall cabinets at 18" above the countertop becuase I always install undercabinet light molding which really brings the space to approx 16" at the front end of the cabinets and I have never had a person (even my shortest client at 5'0) have any issues reaching the first couple shelves.
"it depends on if youre doing undercabinet lighting. If you are doing neither undercabinet molding or lighting, then installing your cabinets at 16" above the counter wouldnt be a hugh deal....but if you installing either, I would do the wall cabinets at 18" becuase in reality, you wont really be able to tell they are 2" higher unless you measure."
Currently I have 17.50'' However, my trim to hide the undercabinet lighting is 2.375'' SO now Iam down to 15.125''
When I was in IKEA looking at kicthens I measured various displays. 16'' to me seemed way to small and 17'' seemed perfect. I know from a functional standpoint I do have 17.50'', but aesthetically/visually looking at close to 15'' after I add the trim for undermount lighting
Whats confusing to me is when people say 18'' or 17'' does this INCLUDE trim for undermount lighting? It usually is never stated. To further add to my concerns is that were planning on doing a 4'' backsplash with it being same material as countertops. I am concerned this will make the spacing appear even smaller? That being said these are white cabinets and London Grey Cesartsone cabinets, so maybe with it being lighter it wont be as bad.
I suppose I could set my countertops at 35''. You may ask why dont I simply raise my wall cab's. Well for 1 I already installed them, 2nd not sure what this does in terms of allowing me to add crown molding. (currently I have 2.50 of space bewteen top of cabs and ceilng) and thirdly this may throw off another pantry cabinet height issue.