Dur­ing the plan­ning of hous­ing, most of the time is spent on think­ing through the arrange­ment of the premis­es for cook­ing and eat­ing. A kitchen with­out upper cab­i­nets is a mod­ern and styl­ish solu­tion, but this arrange­ment has both advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages.Kitchen without upper cabinets

Advantages and disadvantages of such a solution

A kitchen with­out hang­ing cab­i­nets allows you to expand the space in which the work area is locat­ed. With a two-tier lay­out, if the host­ess is not tall, you have to reach for the upper shelves, which makes the oper­a­tion of the head­set incon­ve­nient. Peo­ple of small stature will not have prob­lems using and stor­ing if all the nec­es­sary house­hold items are locat­ed on one tier.

The vari­ety of kitchen design with­out upper cab­i­nets is its main advan­tage, while prac­ti­cal­i­ty and con­ve­nience fade into the back­ground. This solu­tion allows you to imple­ment orig­i­nal design ideas. The rejec­tion of the sec­ond tier makes it pos­si­ble to fill the vacat­ed wall with bright mosaics or pho­to-print­ed glass pan­els. Apply tex­tured wall dec­o­ra­tion or brick­work.

A kitchen with­out hang­ing cab­i­nets los­es to the usu­al head­sets in that it has less space for stor­ing uten­sils, house­hold appli­ances, and prod­ucts. If the upper tier of shelves is aban­doned, the head­set capac­i­ty will be reduced by half. There­fore, before installing a kitchen with­out upper draw­ers, you need to con­sid­er the most effi­cient use of usable space.

In the inte­ri­or, the empha­sis is on the emp­ty wall above the work area. There­fore, it is worth con­sid­er­ing how and with what it can be equipped.

The shape of the headset in plan

There are sev­er­al stan­dard types of head­sets. Their loca­tion depends on the shape and area of ​​the room. A kitchen with­out upper cab­i­nets can fit per­fect­ly into any of the options.


This is such a scheme when floor cab­i­nets are placed in one line along the kitchen wall. The sink and stove are installed side by side. The loca­tion of the refrig­er­a­tor is close to the cook­ing area.

The straight-line lay­out is best suit­ed for a nar­row kitchen.


The cor­ner arrange­ment of kitchen mod­ules is ratio­nal and con­ve­nient. With such fur­ni­ture, floor cab­i­nets form an L‑shaped con­fig­u­ra­tion. Often the cor­ner along adja­cent walls is filled with col­umn cab­i­nets.

With cor­ner lay­out, it is impor­tant to keep the “rule of the work­ing tri­an­gle”. The work­ing area with a stove, sink and refrig­er­a­tor forms a reg­u­lar tri­an­gle, which in prac­tice ensures the most con­ve­nient oper­a­tion. Cor­ner set is well suit­ed for a kitchen of any size, espe­cial­ly a small one.


With this arrange­ment, the head­set mod­ules form the let­ter “P” along three walls. This is a good way of fur­nish­ing, because the work­ing space is used here with ease and con­ve­nience. But, on the oth­er hand, this solu­tion is not suit­able for all kitchens.

Cab­i­nets locat­ed at three walls will take up a lot of space, so the place­ment of a U‑shaped head­set requires that the area of ​​​​the room be at least 20 m².

with an island

In this ver­sion, the work sur­face is pre­sent­ed as a sep­a­rate island, which includes built-in appli­ances, a sink or stor­age space for the nec­es­sary equip­ment, uten­sils and prod­ucts.

A kitchen set with a sep­a­rate cen­tral part does not have to be installed next to the wall. But often the island lay­out is com­ple­ment­ed by col­umn cab­i­nets along the perime­ter of the kitchen. With this arrange­ment, the mod­ules will catch the eye, so the arrange­ment with the cen­tral island is suit­able for spa­cious rooms.

Idea design

When installing a lin­ear, cor­ner or U‑shaped head­set, the idea of ​​hang­ing hang­ing cab­i­nets in the kitchen can be par­tial­ly imple­ment­ed. The upper mod­ules are placed along one wall or even in a sep­a­rate func­tion­al area.

If the space of the kitchen is very lim­it­ed, you can expand the usable area with the help of wood­en cup­boards, shelv­ing or small pen­cil cas­es.

Wood­en kitchens with­out upper cab­i­nets are well suit­ed for coun­try or Provence style lay­outs.

An alternative to wall cabinets

Kitchen sets with open shelves will help to solve the prob­lem of lack of space. They look much lighter and more com­pact than large wall cab­i­nets. Such pieces of fur­ni­ture will become a place to store dish­es or kitchen uten­sils. But do not get car­ried away with open shelves. An excess of mod­ules will become evi­dent, and the lay­out will no longer be sin­gle-tiered.

Open shelves should be giv­en more atten­tion. You need to con­stant­ly wipe dust off them, care­ful­ly lay out things, etc. Ide­al­ly, you should lim­it your­self to one or max­i­mum two small shelves above the sink or cook­ing area.

If it is decid­ed to do with­out the upper tiers, and there is a cat­a­stroph­ic lack of stor­age space, roof rails will help. They won’t solve the prob­lem com­plete­ly, but they will make it much eas­i­er. The nec­es­sary kitchen uten­sils or con­tain­ers with spices are hung on the rails. The min­i­mal­ism of the inte­ri­or can be bro­ken if the roof rails cre­ate a sense of work clut­ter.

Lower deck wall mount

Wall hang­ing cab­i­nets “with­out legs” will give the kitchen inte­ri­or orig­i­nal­i­ty and orig­i­nal­i­ty. Fur­ni­ture mod­ules in such a set are hinged, but are locat­ed in the low­er tier, which gives the impres­sion that the cab­i­nets are just hang­ing in the air. This is an unusu­al and mod­ern kitchen lay­out mod­el that is worth tak­ing note of. The prob­lem of lack of space is solved by using high-capac­i­ty floor mod­ules.

When choos­ing design options for a kitchen set, do not for­get about fill­ing the bot­tom row. This is espe­cial­ly true for cab­i­nets under the sink or in the cor­ner sec­tion. A good solu­tion would be to equip floor stands with retractable shelves, bas­kets, carousels and shelves.

Tall cabinets instead of wall cabinets

A kitchen project with­out wall cab­i­nets can be suc­cess­ful­ly sup­ple­ment­ed with sec­tions of tall pen­cil cas­es, which are called col­umn cab­i­nets. House­hold appli­ances are built into them, they store dish­es, uten­sils, sup­plies, a kitchen with pen­cil cas­es will retain its advan­tages, and it will become much more con­ve­nient to use it.

Col­umn wardrobes, togeth­er with a sin­gle-tier kitchen set, are placed near one wall or oppo­site each oth­er.