Should you use heavy duty floating shelf hardware or should you DIY your own brackets? Today, I’m hoping to help you with part of your dilemma: how to hang kitchen shelfs by walking you through different options for what height you should install the floating shelves at. After reading today’s post, if you want even more information, inspiration, and how-to details, check out my Heavy Duty Open Shelving Guide.
I know when I’m trying to make a decision on specific sizing, finishes, etc., it’s always extremely helpful when I find a tutorial that lists EXACTLY what I’m looking for. I’m really hoping that this post with examples of kitchen counter shelf heights will walk you through your options and help you decide what will work best in your space. Higher wall shelves for the kitchen The first image is by Aniko from Place of My Taste.
Since she has mounted her DIY shelving a bit higher from the countertop, she has plenty of room on the counter for taller accessories. If you’ve been wanting to add a shelf in the dining room, you could mimic this look..
On the left side of the window, there’s just open wall that is covered with tile.
Kitchen wall shelves that are closer together on wall These beautiful, chunky wood floating shelves belong to Bridget from the Instagram handle @becrowbe. If you have tall ceilings like she does, then mounting three hanging shelves is a great option. I would 100% put them up again if we were back at the point where we were deciding whether to do floating shelves in the kitchen or upper cabinets.
If your shelf height is too high to use daily, you need to consider how you want to style your shelves for both functionality and design before putting them in. Take into consideration the height of our ceilings when determining how many shelves to add in your kitchen.
If so, measure those pieces to help guide your shelf height above the counter.
Look at the inspiration images in this blog post and you'll see that the bottom shelf in each kitchen is hung between 13.5"-23.5" above the countertop. Make a decision based on inspiration images as well as your personal kitchen setup and use. I didn’t share an inspiration for a shelf over a kitchen window, but that’s another option if you like that look.