Double-stacked kitchen cabinets can help you make the most of your kitchen’s available storage space. However, they aren’t right for every kitchen. In today’s post, the kitchen renovation contractors at Envy Home Services weigh the pros and cons of double-stacked kitchen cabinets.
Pro: They Maximize Storage Space
Double-stacked cabinets let you take advantage of your kitchen’s vertical space, as they’re typically built to meet the ceiling. The overhead cabinets are typically used to store items that aren’t used as often, such as seasonal cookware, certain kinds of appliances and other “just in case” items. They can also be used to store items that you want to keep out of reach, such as household chemicals. This leaves the lower cabinets — the ones that you can easily reach — for items that you use often. If you have a small kitchen, double-stacked cabinets may just be what you need.
Con: They’re Not Easily Accessible
Given their position, double-stacked cabinets are not easily accessible, at least not without a step stool or ladder. For more agile members of the household, this could be nothing more than an inconvenience. However, it can be fairly difficult for elderly family members or ones with limited accessibility, and may even put their safety at risk. If you or other members have such limitations, you should reconsider whether double-stacked cabinets are suitable for your kitchen.
Pro: They Can Be Used as Display Space
Cabinetry isn’t just good for storage — they can also be used to showcase your favorite things and add visual interest without getting in the way of the other things in your kitchen. The upper cabinets can be difficult to keep clean, so you’ll want to consider glass cabinet doors instead of open shelves. Puck lighting in the cabinets or small spotlights can help direct the viewer’s eyes to these pieces.
Con: They Need More Care
More cabinets mean more surfaces to clean and maintain. Also, they’re not easily reachable and therefore more difficult to keep clean regularly. If you opted for glass front doors, you’d have to wipe them down regularly. If you want low-maintenance, easy-to-clean kitchen cabinets, you should consider whether you should get double-stacked ones.