I am a planning on installing standard cabinets in a galley type kitchen.

I want to the cabinets to be about 2-3 inches away from the wall. What are the concerns with doing this, and is there anything I should take special consideration of when doing it?

My reasons for doing this:

  1. I only have about 6 ft long of countertop space, so if I push the base cabinets away from the wall I can gain a couple inches.

  2. The old cabinets were installed before a new ceiling was put in; I had to add drywall to finish the ceiling and did an ok job at hiding the joint. The old ceiling has a texture but the new ceiling doesn't, so if I push the cabinets off the wall their tops will end at the older ceiling, hiding the joint and untextured ceiling.

I am going to install the cabinets between these two walls. Therefore, the sides of the cabinets will never or hardly be seen.

If you look at the ceiling in the picture, there is a purple drywall board about 13 inches from the wall.

I want the wall cabinets to sit flush against the old ceiling.

So I would like both the base and wall cabinets to be 2-3 inches from the back wall.

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    By mounting the cabinets away from the wall you will have to add trim along the base of the upper cabinets and at the break for the window. This may be more work than mounting the upper cabinets to the wall and repairing the ceiling. The lower cabinets are usually wider than the upper cabinets the only problems I can see is the plumbing will need to be changed and if you want to use a pre made counter top the sizes don't vary much. These art the things I would think about but if they are not a problem Go for it.
    – Ed Beal
    Nov 18, 2016 at 20:35
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    Standard wall cabinet depth is 12". What about a piece of crown molding to hide the edge, if you can't/don't want to repair the drywall?
    – gregmac
    Nov 19, 2016 at 5:00

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The upper cabinets usually carry a lot of weight, I would use 2+4 framing to extend the existing wall studs out 2 1/2 inches then cover with 1/2 inch plywood so you have a solid structure to screw the cabinets to.

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