When it comes to designing with cabinets it’s the thoughtful details that can really make the design stand out. Adding crown molding is the obvious choice to dress up and complete cabinetry, regardless of where it is being used. While a crown can draw the eye up and gives all the attention to wall cabinets, base cabinets can often be overlooked with its basic recessed toe kick space. But wait…why do wall cabinets get all the decorative glory? What if we dressed up the toe kick space as well? In today’s blog we are going to discuss just that; how to dress up the toe kick of base cabinets with decorative enhancements to add a furniture look and complete the design.


Decorative Toe Valance

When working with Dura Supreme Cabinetry you can easily modify individual base cabinets to have a Decorative Toe Valance. This detail can be flush mounted in Crestwood framed or surface mount in Crestwood or Bria Frameless. We have several styles available depending on the look you want.

Style D Decorative Toe Flush works perfectly with inset doors in this stylish laundry room 

Designed by Nanci Marsman of Standale Interiors | Grand Rapids, MI

An example of a surface mount Decorative Toe in style D applied to the linen cabinet 

Design by Brookwood Cabinet Company | Fort Wayne, IN

Two side by side drawer bases each with its own flush mount Decorative Toe Valance style D

Design by Gwen Adair of Cabinets Supreme by Adair | Oconomowoc, WI

Photo by Ryan Hainey


A beautiful cottage design using flush mount style D decorative toe for this inset cabinet design.

Design by Mid Cape Home Center | Edgartown, MA


Decorative Bun Feet

Another option for creating a furniture look to base cabinets is to use decorative bun feet. Bun feet are sized perfectly to tuck into the recess of the toe space. We offer 10 different styles ranging from simple to traditional, and they can be used with any of our cabinet door styles.


Design by Vawn Greany, CMKBD of Collaborative Interiors, Photo by Cora Brown Rock, Remodel by Homeworks by Kelly

A double vanity with Bun Foot Style 9

Design by Vawn Greany, CMKBD of Collaborative Interiors, Mercer Island, WA. | Remodel by Homeworks by Kelly | Photo by Cora Brown Rock Photography

A dark painted bathroom vanity with two sinks and a furniture style.

This master bath with great storage showcases Bun Foot Style 11

Designed by Linda Williams of Hahka Builders of Goleta, CA | Photograph by Bradley Otto Posley

This rustic kitchen features built-ins with Bun Feet Style 3 to complete the furniture look of the cabinetry.

Design by Witt Construction of Saratoga Springs, NY | Photograph by Randall Perry

Bun Foot Style 7 was used in several places of this cottage-style kitchen.

Design by Jenny Rausch of Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath of Brentwood, MO | Photography by Studio 10Seven

Decorative Toe Loose

When you have two or more base cabinets along a run, you can give them the appearance of being one larger cabinet by using a Decorative Toe Loose.  The recess toe kick and the sub-base are still present however the decorative toe is applied over the front of it to dress it up. The decorative toe can have a valance look or the look of our cove or crown base molding with a valance cut out. This is another way to add detail to several base cabinets for a beautiful look.

The two vanities use a single decorative toe kick in our cove style.

Design by Natalie Talley and Boyer Building Company of Minnetonka, MN | Photo by Emily John Photography

Decorative Toe style G3 was used to join the base cabinets for a furniture look.

Design by Michelle Verilli of Kitchen and Bath Galleries of Cary, NC | Photo by Verrill Photography

The built-in fridge/freezer is completely hidden in what appears to be a hutch, and the decorative toe in style D finishes the look.

Designed by Stephanie Frees of Plain & Posh Distinctive Cabinets of Westmont, IL | Photography by Focus Pocus


Our G2 decorative toe was used for this master bathroom for a bit of flair.

Design by Clair Teunissen of Studio M Kitchen & Bath of Plymouth, MN | Photo by Chelsie Lopez Production


Loose Decorative Toe in style E completes the look for the TV alcove built-ins.

Design by Joe Patrick of The Cabinet Center of San Ramon, CA


When it comes to finalizing the details of your cabinet design, don’t let the crown molding get all the glory. Remember to look down and consider the different options Dura Supreme Cabinetry has available to give your toe kick space the dressing up it deserves!

Stacey Lindstrom the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry and blog author for the Dura Supreme Cabinetry Blog.

Stacey Lindstrom is the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Stacey has a degree in interior design and over 25 years in the kitchen and Bath industry. She has worked in all kinds of business platforms, from small dealers to online design and sales, and has worked with 20.20 Design software since 1997. Her first venture working with Dura Supreme Cabinets was way back in 1995, creating hand drawings for a dealer showroom. In the last 10 years, she has had her work showcased on episodes of Kitchen Crashers and Bath Crashers, as well as season 15 of Big Brother. As much as she loves designing spaces for clients, Stacey enjoys training and educating on product and design as well, and draws from her own expertise as well us blunders over the years to help Dura Supreme and its dealers.

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