What is the Average Kitchen Cabinet Size?

In standard kitchens, wall cabinets are typically 30 or 36 inches tall, with the upper space surrounded by ceiling lights. Common wall cabinet heights are 12, 36, and 42 inches. Wall cabinets are mounted on the wall and typically store kitchen items such as cups and plates. The height of these cabinets varies depending on the height of the ceiling and the free space of the countertop.

This free space is usually 15 to 18 inches long to fit traditional kitchen appliances. Wall cabinets depend on the ceiling height you have in your kitchen. Yes, cabinet depths can be reduced to fit narrow aisles or specific dimensions. The bottom, sides, top and even the shelf would be cut.

Compared to base cabinets, wall cabinets offer much more variety in sizes. Choosing the right height for your wall cabinets really depends on the height of your kitchen ceiling and your personal preferences. For proper installation, be sure to plan and install your 54 cabinets from the floor to the bottom of the wall cabinet. Subtracting the 36 in height of a base cabinet, including the countertop, 18 in height are left.

This is the standard height for a splash guard. Typically, wall cabinets are available in 30, 36 and 42 inches. These cabinets fit between the base cabinets and the ceiling. The standard cabinet depth is 12 inches. When designing a kitchen with staggered heights by making the cabinets taller, you should also make them 3 inches deeper.

To determine the correct height of wall cabinets above a range, compare the height of other wall cabinets. Tall cabinets typically have 84 H, 90 H and 96 H.The height of these cabinets will vary depending on the height of the ceiling and your preference to have space between the cabinet and the ceiling or not. Kitchen cabinet door heights are typically between 24 and 30 inches. If the base cabinet has a drawer, the height of the door below the drawer is usually 24 inches.

If the cabinet is a full-height base cabinet (one that includes only one door), the door is normally 30 inches tall. Take note of any ceiling moldings above the kitchen cabinets, as well as the height of other wall cabinets. See the table in our “Wall Kitchen Cabinets” section for more information. The standard depth for cabinets with a full-height base is 24 inches deep. For islands and applications where wall obstacles prevent total cabinet depth options, it is common for base cabinets to be reduced at intervals of 3 inches to 12 inches deep, as needed. The standard depth of a wall cabinet is 12 inches and 24 inches deep above the refrigerator for easy access.

When designing a kitchen with a staggered height cabinet look, it's important that taller cabinets are 3 to 15 inches deeper. This leaves room for crown moldings of lower height cabinets to end well on sides of cabinet and not block door opening of higher cabinet. Standard upper cabinet widths range from 9 to 48 inches in 3-inch increments. A 30-inch wide one- or two-door wall cabinet is most common, providing best visual balance and proportions for most homeowners needs. In some cases, such as when a bench of upper cabinets is formed on a peninsula or island, these may be suspended from ceiling or attached to protruding ceiling lamps. However, if cabinet replacement is part of larger kitchen remodeling project, you'll want to create larger plan that includes floor level measurements, location of windows and doors, wiring, pipes and gas lines, as well as light switches and accessories.

Approximate numbers of kitchen measurements can help start design of kitchen but it's advisable to have help of professional to verify these numbers. To maximize space, kitchen designers recommend leaving at least 4 feet from edge of perimeter counters to edge of kitchen island countertop to leave enough room to move around and easy access to open dishwasher. In general, standard depth of wall-mounted kitchen cabinet is 12 inches deep but some can go up to 24 inches deep. For example, wall cabinets designed to be installed above refrigerator will be deeper so that front of cabinet is aligned with front of appliance. Kitchen guidelines specify height of countertop which includes height of cabinet plus thickness of countertop. After adding countertop most basic kitchen cabinets end up somewhere between 35 and 36 inches tall depending on thickness and material used for countertop. Shallower base cabinets are 12 inches deep (a wall cabinet is typically used to achieve this depth). Therefore I always recommend checking measurements with kitchen designer, interior designer or cabinet manufacturer before placing order. Average wall-mounted or overhead kitchen cabinets are 30 to 42 inches high, 12 to 24 inches deep and 9 to 36 inches wide. These are just few examples of easy and relatively inexpensive ways to increase standard functionality of kitchen cabinets.

A kitchen wall cabinet 15 to 18 inches deep is standard above microwave oven while deeper cabinets with depth of 24 inches are commonly used above refrigerator. Keep in mind that there are different kitchen styles that can make all difference in depth of your closet. Pantry cabinets are typically 12 inches deep while those used as utility cabinets tend to be 24 inches to accommodate brooms mops vacuums and other floor cleaning appliances.

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