How to Build a Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets

Most of the kitchen has cabinets in there, and some of them will give you enough space above to keep some kitchen stuff. But what if your cabinets are so high and up to the wall that there is space but not enough to store something. That is when you can think about not having them. A great way to eliminate those unused space is by installing soffits, and we will tell you How to Build a Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets.

How to Build a Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets

It is alright if you want to leave the space like it is, but you should know that once you have it open, there are going to be dust and stuff, which will indeed not look good for your kitchen. But when you cover them up and make it a part of the cabinet or matching the walls, you will see it will bring a new outlook to your kitchen. So, if you are up to do that, then let’s learn How to Build a Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets.

DIY: How to Build a Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets

The way we are going to show you how to build the soffits will require some wood or plywood. You can match your cabinets or your walls. That is up to you. Before we can begin, we will tell you what materials you will need to complete the work.The way we are going to show you how to build the soffits will require some wood or plywood. You can match your cabinets or your walls. That is up to you. Before we can begin, we will tell you what materials you will need to complete the work.

Materials You Need

Wood or plywood 

Woodcutter

Color

Glue 

Steps to Follow

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So, if you are done planning the outlook and how you want the soffits to look, you can start following the steps for How to Build a Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets.

Step 1

The first step is to measure the portion of the empty spaces above the kitchen cabinets. To do that, you need your measuring tools. Take a stool and stand up in there to have a better look.

The first thing you have to measure is the height of the empty space. Take a piece of paper and note everything down.

After the height, measure up the length of each cabinet. You may have cabinets of different sizes and, in that case, take note of cabinets’ measurement individually. As for the width, everything should be the same.

Step 2

Now that you have all the measurements, you need to start with cutting the wooden pieces. You will need to cut some rectangular pieces according to the height of the empty space. The details will be used for the surface base of the soffits. You should never glue the soffits to the wall as it could cause damage and will be hand to remove. You cannot go to glue to the upper side of the soffits, so your walls should be fine.

Cut those pieces as many as you need. They should be in pairs as you will need one in the front and one in the back.Next, you have to work with the soffits. The soffits should be the length of each cabinet and the height of the space. If you have any doubt left about the measurement, you can take the pieces and see if they fit correctly or not.

Step 3

Now that you have all the pieces ready, you can start with coloring the details. You can color just one side of the pieces, which will be the front. As the other sides are not going to be shown outside, there is no need for coloring them all. But if you feel like you can embellish everything. Also, the coloring should be according to what you want to match.

Step 4

Take your stool again and start working with the soffits. You will need to have your glue now. You should use some strong superglue or some wood glue for this purpose.

First, you have to glue down the base pieces to the corner of the cabinets. Put one at the front and the back. When the pieces are drying, you can take an amount of soffit and see if they fit correctly or not. One by one, put the rectangular pieces together.

Step 5

After the rectangular pieces are done, you can add the larger details of the front and the sides. Keep them for drying overnight. And you are done installing the soffits.

Final Thoughts

That was all for How to Build a Soffit Above Kitchen Cabinets. Hopefully, our tips and instruction will help you install them properly.

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