How do you determine the height of floating kitchen shelves? What is the best height (between the countertop and the shelf)? What are standard shelf measurements, etc? Keep reading for floating shelves placement ideas and more!
Height of Floating Kitchen Shelves
There are so many decisions to be made when you are installing floating kitchen shelves. Decisions on questions like:
How do you attach floating shelves?
Should you use heavy duty floating shelf hardware or should you DIY your own brackets?
What type of wood should you use for your floating shelves?
What thickness of that wood and what stain?
Seriously, the list goes on and on. Today, I’m hoping to help you with part of your dilemma on how to hang floating shelves and walk 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. It contains the links to all the posts that I’ve done on our floating kitchen shelves.
Ok, let’s get to today’s post. I’m so excited!
Heights for Hanging Shelving
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 on the height of floating shelves will walk you through your options and help you decide what will work best in your space.
If you haven’t decided on hardware for your shelves, then you will also want to take a look at how we installed the heavy duty floating shelving.
Floating Shelves Kitchen Ideas
Shelf Placement On Wall
Height between counter to lower shelf: 23.5″
Height between lower and upper shelves: 15″
This lovely kitchen is by Aniko from Place of My Taste. Her shelf placement on the wall is a bit higher than some of the other inspirations.
Since she has mounted her DIY shelving a bit higher from the countertop, she has plenty of room on the counter for taller accessories.
The space between shelves is 15″ which allows for a large vase, cutting board and still gives you the illusion of negative space, which can valuable.
Counter height to lower shelf: 21″
Space between lower and upper shelves: 17″
These lovely two shelves are by Megan from Every Davis Moments.
Megan’s space is a really good representation of a buffet with shelves above it. Her kitchen shelves (seen above) continue on a wall through the dining room. The two floating shelves add some visual impact in her space.
Distance above Kitchen Counter to Shelf
Counter to lower shelf: 13.5″
Space between lower and upper shelves: 12″
The, above, set of hanging kitchen shelves belongs to @kaseydurbin.
One thing that I keyed in on for this kitchen was that the wood kitchen shelves are skinny, which I think feels balanced in the overall kitchen. If you notice, the kitchen window is centered in the space and the wood shelves are to the right of the window. On the left-side of the window, there’s just open wall that is covered with tile. If she would have done chunky wood shelves, I think the overall spaced could have felt un-balanced.
Height of Exposed Kitchen Shelves
Counter to lower shelf: 16″
Space between lower and upper shelves: 11″
These beautiful, chunky wood floating shelves belong to Bridget from the Instagram handle @becrowbe.
I think it’s so nice that that her expresso machine fits underneath her shelves! That’s definitely something to consider when you are trying to decide what height to put your shelves up at.
Height of Hanging Kitchen Shelves with Three Shelves
Counter to lower shelf: 18″
Space between lower and upper shelves: 12″
Next up is @kassandradekoning and her beautiful open shelves!
I really love how her open shelves look! If you have tall ceilings like she does, then mounting three hanging shelves is a great option.
One thing to think about, if you have tall ceilings and you love the idea of having three floating shelves is…
I’m sure you realize that this last DIY kitchen shelving inspiration is from my own kitchen (see my kitchen reveal if you want to see all the before photos!).
Open Kitchen Wall Shelving Dimensions
Kitchen Counter to lower shelf: 18″
Space between lower and upper shelves: 12.5″
I love playing around with styling the open shelves and also, the ease of grabbing dishes off them everyday. 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.
What to Put on Floating Shelves if they are high?
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.
For me, if I had high ceilings and a floating shelf at a high height, I’d plan to use that shelf for artwork, glass pitchers, or other serving items that weren’t used daily.
I hope this post really gave you lots of valuable information for how far above the counter to mount your floating shelves and how far to space your shelves on the wall. I didn’t share an inspiration for a shelf over a kitchen window, but that’s another option if you like that look.
If you want more resources for installing floating shelves, then make sure to check out my floating shelving guide!