Kitchen Cabinet Dimensions

Tulika Nair Dec 18, 2018
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Do you want to know what the standard dimensions for a kitchen cabinet are, so that you can plan your kitchen layout? Let's look into the information that you will need to do the same.
Most people pay a lot of attention to the designing of kitchens, as they typically are the family rooms where everyone gathers for meals. Designing a kitchen comes with the responsibility of planning its layout and also placing the refrigerator, microwave and the placement of the cabinets.
To ensure proper placement, you need to know the dimensions of these cabinets. Mostly, these cabinets have standard dimensions, as manufactured by companies. You may need to alter them depending on your individual needs. Once you know the standard dimensions, you can design your kitchen accordingly, saving time and money that goes into customizing cabinets.

Standard Dimensions

While the standard dimensions in most homes are the same, the measurements may differ depending on the design that has been used for the kitchen. It is difficult to state accurately what the dimensions of kitchen cabinet should be, but let's look into the most common ones.

Base Cabinets

Base cabinet dimensions are generally in the range of a depth of 24 inches, and a height of 34-42 inches. These differ depending on the design on the cabinets, their positioning, and placement. If you place a countertop, then the cabinet base will be increased to about 36 inches.
It is possible to adjust the height of the cabinets, in case, you are tall, and do not want to be stooping too low in order to reach out for things. At a depth of 24 inches, it is easy for everyone to reach into the cabinet for things.

Wall Cabinets

As is the case with base cabinets, the dimensions for wall cabinets are also standard. The height of most wall cabinets differs due to their positioning, and the average range of height is between 12-42 inches. The depth is normally maintained at 12-13 inches.
If you are hanging your wall cabinet above the countertop, you would normally need to place it almost 54 inches from the floor, and if it is hanging above the stove, then it needs to be at least 24 inches higher than where the stove is placed. This is extremely important to prevent any mishaps in the kitchen.
With a soffit, the height of a wall cabinet generally tends to be around 30 inches, and without a soffit, it measures to about 42 inches. The width of wall cabinets should, as much as possible, match the width of the base cabinet. Having similar dimensions, especially where width is concerned, gives the kitchen a sense of uniformity, and enhances its decor.

Other Types of Cabinets

If you have decided to have a cabinet under the sink, then the measurement of the cabinet will vary depending on how they are fitted. Dimensions for a corner sink cabinet are generally 36 inches high, 36 inches wide, and 24 inches deep. This works very well for those kitchens that have a right angle sink.
If it is a custom cabinet, then the dimensions are 42 x 42 x 24. If your stove is placed on the corner of the countertop, and you have a cabinet above it then the measurements will generally be around 30 x 15 inches.
While the minimum width of most kitchen cabinets that are sold today is about 36 inches, it may be a good idea to opt for those that are slightly wider. If you would like to, you could also have cabinets above the fridge, with a depth of about 24 inches.
Depending on the area, you may need to alter the measurements to make sure the cabinets fit in perfectly. If you have spaces in between, you can use a decorative element known as filler, that is a smooth, board like structure. You can use these spaces to function as a shelve with a pull-out door.
While selecting the design, try and think of kitchen designs that are not run-of-the-mill. Do not let the dimensions, that are prevalent as a standard in the market, limit your creativity and design skills.
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