How Do We Get Rid of Above Cabinet Soffits?

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Last updated on January 1, 1970

Hello Jake-

We have 3 walls of soffits over our 1989 contractor grade cabinets. Inside there are waste pipes from the 2 baths upstairs as well as 3/4inch copper pipe and electrical. Our ceilings are 90 inches high from the pre-finished hardwood floor, the soffits are 7.5 inches high and they protrude 4 inches beyond the 12 inch deep wall cabinets. How much crown, other molding and trim do you see us needing if we use 30 inch wall cabinets? We have been told it is possible to take down the drywall that encloses all the above mechanicals and I am dreading any ceiling repair or patching since it extends into the family room. Any suggestions?


Jake Schloegel, CR, President and Founder

If you are using 30” wall cabinets and the cabinets are standard face-frame type construction, you won’t have very much room for trim.  You will only have around 2” of exposed wood above the cabinet doors to attach the molding to.  Thus, you will be able to use something like a 1 ¾” crown or cove mold.

You can remove the soffits and relocate the waste, water and electrical lines.  You will have a considerable amount of drywall work to complete.  This is a fairly large undertaking and will add expense to the project, maybe in the neighborhood of $2000.  Without seeing it, I cannot say for sure.

A qualified, professional remodeling company should be able to give you an estimate for the work.  You can usually find these type of contractors by visiting the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s web site,

Thanks for writing in.