If you do not like the look of a standard toe kick for your base cabinets, you might have other options available. These options might be dependent upon whether you choose stock, custom, or semi-custom cabinets.
If you prefer your cabinetry to look more like furniture, you may be able to choose decorative toe or decorative feet. Floating cabinets are another option. Similar to standard toe kick, these options will allow for open space below your cabinets, so your feet can rest comfortably while working in your kitchen or bathroom.
What is a decorative toe?
Most clients who decide against the traditional toe kick choose a decorative toe; this is a decorative piece of molding attached to your base cabinets. It still allows open space for your feet and creates a “furniture feel” to your cabinetry.
What if I do not want a toe at all?
If you do not want a toe space, you can choose to add a skirt molding. This molding wraps around your base cabinets. Although it has a nice finished look, it may not be ergonomically friendly. Standing while prepping and cooking in your kitchen, over a period of time, could cause a strain on your back. This might be a result of your needing to lean forward, whereas, with a toe space, you could be closer to the countertop.
What if I want an open space below my cabinet with the look of feet?
This is another great option if you are looking for a furniture feel in your kitchen cabinetry. Although this option is not very common for an entire kitchen, some people will choose this style of toe kick for their island, sink base cabinet, or cooktop base cabinet. These feet, leave the space below your cabinets open.
With custom-built cabinets, it is common to add a backer that is about 6” from the cabinet feet, so that dust bunnies do not collect under the cabinet.
Your kitchen designer will discuss your options for toe kick to help you create the look and style you want to achieve in your new kitchen. They will be happy to explain the benefits of each option to you.