Architecturally, the expression “soffit” generally refers to the final cover material that’s attached under the rafter borders and bridges the space between the exterior wall and the edge of the eaves. It can also refer to the enclosed region often located above the top cabinets in a kitchen or along the ceiling in other rooms in a home. Architecturally appealing, soffits are often used as a room for concealing pipes, pipes or recessed lighting.

Marcus Gleysteen Architects

The exterior soffit under this flat roof is lined with recessed lighting that illuminate the terrace.

Quality Edge

A traditional instance of a soffit: a groove and tongue covering under the eaves of a gable roof.

Bunker Workshop

A kitchen is another normal location for a soffit, though one which sits below the ceiling itself and even contains the hood to the range is unusual.

Brian Dittmar Design, Inc..

A soffit that closes the gap between the surface of the cabinets and the ceiling of the kitchen is much more prevalent, but in this case the curve and extension over the full space are exceptional.

Mark English Architects, AIA

The living area is made comfy with a design that outlines the outline of the whole space and is filled with recessed lights.

Crisp Architects

Just the rafter tails are visible on this eave, without a soffit covering them.

Read more soffit photos

See related