What do I do about a diagonal soffit and square kitchen cabinet?
What do I do about a diagonal soffit and square cabinet?
“Kelly…I have soffits that we have decided to leave in place because: #1 there are pipes and electric in there and #2 we thought of demo-ing them and hiding behind lots of filler and molding but realized it’s cheaper and simpler and sturdier to cover the existing soffit with 1/4 ” skin and do simpler molding.
That said, when I saw your illustration of the corner soffit not matching the diagonal wall cabinet, I am having the opposite dilemma.
I hate the diagonal wall because I am 5′ 2″ and find it hard to reach into the corner of the counter to retrieve a food processor or whatever. I have requested, but not yet ordered an L shaped or easy reach corner cabinet or a blind depending on the brand. My soffit is on the diagonal!
Depending on what is hidden in that exact spot will determine how that area is configured with skins and molding. But not until demo time. So what to order for that spot? – F.”
In the perfect world, if we look at all the beautiful photographed kitchens in magazines and online, it’s easy to believe that everyone skipped through roses while sipping nectar during the entire remodel. Instead, they had a substantial investment and the monetary luxury of saying, “So what if there are electrical and pipes? Let’s move them.”
Many homeowners don’t have that luxury. Your dilemma is a common example and in some ways, easier than dealing with an angled cabinet under the square soffit. (For those of you who don’t know what a soffit is, it’s a section of the ceiling which is framed lower than the rest of the ceiling.) While the soffit doesn’t follow the lines of the corner wall cabinet, it at least covers it so the poor cabinet and crown mold isn’t left hanging out in mid-air. So if it can’t be redesigned, well, it is what it is.
I know exactly what you mean by the diagonal corner. I’m 5’4” and while a diagonal wall cabinet does indeed place some items closer to me, the other objects behind them are simply out of reach and involve me taking all the items out of the front simply to reach the back. The very back of that corner is tough for us to reach no matter what kind of cabinet it is.
I might suggest ordering the amount of skin it would take if the soffit could be changed to a square. That way you’re covered (so to speak) no matter what happens during the demolition.