Stacked cabinets are an undeniable gorgeous addition to a kitchen when done correctly. The increased storage and extra design possibilities are just a couple reasons why they are such a sought after design element. However, double stacked cabinets are not feasible to every day life, or every kitchen layout. Here are the pros and cons you need to know.
They offer more lighting and “charm” opportunities
When upper cabinets are glass front, adding light into these cabinets and pairing with some “show” dishes gives a whole other dimension to a kitchen. The upper cabinets can have different styles of detailed glass and the ability to switch out the dishes with each season is an added bonus.
They can make a space feel more cramped though.
Countering with the above statement, while a kitchen may look more finished, it can also be “too much”. The saying ‘less is more’ is out there for a reason. A wall of cabinets in a smaller kitchen may not be the right way to go. It will look like the homeowner is struggling to find places to hide all their stuff, and that the home already doesn’t offer enough storage.
They can make a kitchen look more finished
Who doesn’t want a kitchen to feel polished? The gap of space from the top of kitchen cabinets to the ceiling sometimes give a lot of be desired. Having the second row of cabinets create a more designer feel. They can be paired used as glass front cabinets to add an extra “custom” touch as well.
However, they’re more work.
This is a bit of a no brainer. More surfaces, means more surfaces to clean. If they’re glass front cabinets, that is even an extra added step. On top of just having more to take care of, they’re a bit higher up. Unless you’re 6’5″+, a step stool will be required for cleaning days.
If you plan on refinishing your cabinets, consider a lacquer or stain.
Extra storage space
Who wouldn’t love more storage space? Being able to store all your holiday dishes and linens in the kitchen rather than in the garage is an absolute dream! They’re also practical for less-used appliances, utensils and cookware.
They’re hard to reach
Of course, while extra storage is great, is it really that beneficial if it is a pain in the butt to get access to? Another thing to consider is safety (Imagine your elderly mother trying to crawl onto the counter to reach something).
Safety aside, if items in these cabinets are hard to reach, you may just forget about them all together. Once loved pots and pans are now sitting in a dusty graveyard.