Kitchen Cabinet Sizes and Dimensions
Kitchen cabinets are readily available in many different sizes. Not knowing the correct cabinet sizes and dimensions may result in a dysfunctional kitchen. So, what are the cabinet sizes and how can we figure them out?
There are several key factors to think about when you start to design a perfect kitchen, but knowing the size of your cabinets is the most important thing.
An easy way to learn kitchen cabinet sizes are from kitchen appliances. Appliances come in standard sizes typically and will rarely deviant away. Most kitchen cabinets will feature sizes tailored for standard kitchen appliances. Listed below are standard appliance dimensions you will commonly see.
Kitchen Appliance Sizes
Standard Kitchen Cabinet Sizes
|Base Kitchen Cabinet||Wall Kitchen Cabinet||Tall Kitchen Cabinet|
|Height: 34 1/2″||Height: 30, 36, 42″||Height: 84, 90, 96″|
|Width: 9-42″||Width: 9-36″||Width: 18, 24, 30″|
|Depth: 24″||Depth: 12,24″||Depth: 24″|
Not being a professional like an architect or contractor might make ordering the size of kitchen cabinets seem like rocket science. A few inaccurate numbers can result in the loss of a drawer bank, spice rack, or lazy susan. These cabinets can mean the difference for the overall storage and ease of access throughout the kitchen. When measuring your kitchen, every inch matters. Despite that usage, price, and style are key factors when choosing a kitchen, cabinet size remains king as a priority. It is never a bad idea to have more storage in your kitchen.
BASE KITCHEN CABINET DIMENSIONS
Base cabinets are the cabinets that support most of the weight in the kitchen. They are the foundation for the countertops and common kitchen appliances. These cabinets traditionally will have one drawer on top and shelves underneath or a bank of drawers. Base cabinets pave the path for everything else in the kitchen to be aligned to.
Some might ask why do people start designing with base cabinets in mind first? The three most used kitchen work stations (sink, stove, and refrigerator) dictate where your cabinets can go. After establishing the work triangle, additional cabinets like corner cabinets, tall cabinets, and wall cabinets can be easily added and align accordingly to the sizes set by the base.
Sink base cabinets will feature a false drawer front to allow for the sink to sit inside. These cabinets do not have a shelf inside and the back of the cabinet is left open for plumbing. These cabinets range between 30 and 42 inches wide.
Base Cabinet w/o Countertops
Base Cabinet w/ Countertops
Standard Base Cabinet Sizes
- Height: Base cabinets measure 34 1/2″ high and 36″ high with countertop. The toe kick measures 4 1/2″ high, the door is 24 ” high, and the top drawer is 6″ high. Base cabinets with a bank of drawers will have the top-drawer measuring 6″ high and the bottom two drawers at 12″ high
- Width: The width of the base cabinets are available in multiples of 3. The cabinets vary from 6″ to 42″ based on the usage of the cabinet.
- Depth: The depth of base cabinets without the countertop typically measures 24 inches. Adding the countertop will create an overhang between one to two inches.
Lazy Susan Base Cabinet Sizes
- Height: The lazy susan corner measures 34 ½ inches high, similar to other base cabinets. The bifold doors measure 9 inches wide for the 33-inch cabinet and 12 inches wide for the 36-inch cabinet. The doors are full height doors, being 30-inches high.
- Width: Lazy susan cabinets range between 33 inches or 36 inches wide.
- Depth: The cabinet measures 24 inches deep.
Blind Corner Base Cabinet Sizes
- Height: Like other base cabinets, blind corner base cabinets have a height of 34 ½ inches and a toekick of 4 ½ inches. The door is 15 inches wide and 24 inches high. Unlike the lazy susan, the blind corner has a top drawer measuring 15 inches wide and 6 inches high.
- Width: The blind corner cabinet measures 36 inches wide. The cabinet needs to be pulled out 6 inches from the wall. This space gives the door clearance without having the handles of multiple doors impact or damage each other.
- Depth: The cabinet measures 24 inches deep. The hidden storage of the blind corner cabinet is still accessible inside, maintaining the same depth.
WALL KITCHEN CABINET DIMENSIONS
Wall cabinets are mounted to the wall and typically store kitchen supplies like cups and dishes. The height of these cabinets ranges based on your ceiling height and the countertop clearance. This clearance space typically measures 15 to 18 inches to accommodate for traditional kitchen appliances.
- Height: Wall cabinets are available in 30, 36, and 42 inches. 30” tall cabinets align at 84”, 36” tall cabinets align at 90”, and 42” align at 96”. 30 and 36 inch high cabinets will have 2 adjustable shelves while 42” high cabinets will have 3 shelves.
- Width: Wall cabinets vary in multiples of three from 9 inches all the way to 36 inches. Wall cabinets measuring from 9 to 21 inches have a single door while 24 to 36 inches will feature double doors.
- Depth: Wall cabinets typically have a depth of 12 inches. The wall cabinet above the refrigerator has a depth of 12 or 24 inches. 24-inch wall cabinets will either need a wall on the side to be mounted to or a refrigerator panel to support its weight.
TALL KITCHEN CABINET DIMENSIONS
- Height: Tall kitchen cabinets are split into two parts. The bottom half measures 54 inches high with a toe kick of 4.5 inches and a door height of 49.5 inches high. The bottom has 2 adjustable shelves inside. The top portion varies between 30, 36, or 42 inches high. 30 and 36 inch high cabinets will have 2 adjustable shelves while 42 inch high cabinets will have 3 shelves.
- Width: Tall kitchen cabinets are available in 3 sizes: 18, 24, and 30 inches wide.
- Depth: These tall kitchen cabinet depths all measure 24 inches to match the depth of traditional base cabinets
Kitchen Cabinet Dimension FAQ
The wall cabinets depend on what ceiling height you have in your kitchen. 8 feet high kitchens with a 12-inch soffit will need 30-inch high wall cabinets. 8 feet high kitchens with room for crown molding will need 36-inch high cabinets. 8 feet or higher kitchens will need 42-inch wall cabinets.
Kitchen appliances very rarely default away from traditional sizes. The only exceptions for these are appliances specifically made for small kitchens are extravagant appliances needed for high-end kitchens.
Yes, cabinet depths can be cut down to accommodate narrow walkways or specific dimensions. The bottom, sides, top, and even the shelf would be cut down.