A wall end cabinet refers to a top cabinet situated at the end of a cabinetry run, exposing one full side of its box. However, due to the use of manufactured wood such as plywood in most kitchen cabinets, placing any wall cabinet at the end of a run is not possible. To create a finished look, manufacturers construct a wall cabinet with an additional skin on the exposed edge to conceal the plywood construction.

For instance, if the wall cabinets were made of Redwood, the internal box and frame would most likely be made of plywood instead of hardwood due to the weight. To maintain the illusion of an all-hardwood construction, a thin veneer of matching Redwood would be applied to the outer side of the designated wall end cabinet. Wall end cabinets are typically used where a cabinetry run meets a window or at the entrance to the cooking area in many kitchens.