Floor to ceiling cabinets provide a closet or cupboard for storage. They do not provide countertop space as shown in Figure 25 below.
In kitchens they are most commonly used as a pantry or closet for cleaning supplies as there height provides ample space for brooms, vacuums and mops.
In kitchens they can also be used to provide an area for a built-in oven or a shelf for a microwave as shown in Figure 25a.
In a bathroom they might be used to store towels and personal care items and in a garage they provide covered space for tall power and hand garden tools, chemicals and paints.
Figure 25 - Floor to ceiling cabinet incorporated in kitchen cabinet plan
Figure 25a - Floor to ceiling cabinet used to house built-in oven
As with the previous base and wall cabinets, the size and the configuration, the number of cabinet doors and drawers, of the floor to ceiling cabinet is completely arbitrary.
In most cases the physical construction, when butting against a countertop is to bring the face or doors of the cabinet in-line with the outside edge of the countertop. This prevents individuals who are working in the kitchen from banging into the counter edge. However, this is not cast in stone.
If this cabinet is in contact with base and wall cabinets on either or both sides then the construction sequence should be:
- Build and level the floor support frame for all of the cabinets in this grouping.
- Install the floor for the base units and this cabinet.
- Complete the construction of this cabinet and consider the solid side walls of this cabinet as nothing more than a wall and proceed to construct the base and wall cabinets that butt against this floor to ceiling cabinet.