An end shelf is a type of shelving unit that is installed at the end of a row of cabinets to utilize the available space. There are two primary methods for creating an end shelf. The first approach involves attaching individual shelves directly to the outer edge of the cabinet run. The second method uses a freestanding unit with exposed shelves housed in a cut-out structure. While both techniques result in an end shelf, the free-standing version is considered to be more robust as it is installed in a similar manner to a regular cabinet, thus adding to the structural integrity of the cabinetry. On the other hand, the individual shelves approach allows for easier customization, but the strength of the shelf is reduced, which may require additional support brackets that can detract from the cabinet’s aesthetic appeal.

End shelves are particularly useful in kitchens with cabinets that terminate at a dividing wall, such as those commonly found in apartments, and can also be integrated into cabinet runs that are interrupted by windows. The shape of the end shelf can be used to add an additional visual element of texture to the cabinetry.