Extending Kitchen Cabinets to the Ceiling

When we moved into our house, we knew we had to renovate this kitchen. There were a lot of weird things and finishes that were used, but one of the weirder things was the cabinets. The bottom cabinets were great and had awesome storage and functionality. The upper cabinets also had great storage, but they were different heights from the ceiling. It was bizarre. They were almost like Frankenstein cabinets. Check out what they looked like below.

Looks bad, right? If we were going to keep these cabinets, I knew I needed to extend them to the ceiling to make them look cohesive. I we didn't want to spend the money to replace the cabinet this time, so extending them was the way were were going to go.

How to Extend Cabinets to the Ceiling


2x2x8 Furring Strips cut to the length of your cabinets

1/4in Underlayment cut to the height of the space in between the cabinet and the ceiling and cut to the length of the cabinet

Brad Nailer

1 1/4in Brad Nails

2 1/2 in screws

Impact Driver or Drill

Wood filler


Trim of your choice

Stud Finder


1. Cut the furring strips to the length of the cabinets.

2. Attach the furring strips to the top of the cabinets using the screws and drill.

3. Using a spare piece of underlayment, mark where the top furring strip needs to be attached to the ceiling based on where the furring strip is attached to the cabinets.