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Kitchen Cabinets: What's the Standard Size?

Last modified: 2022-11-11 | Approximate reading time 3 mins

Cynthia Pigeon

Are you about to renovate your kitchen? It’s no surprise that you’re probably asking yourself questions regarding the standard dimensions of certain elements, like cabinets. Without further ado, here’s the answer to your query!

Kitchen Cabinets: Dimensions

Wall and Upper Cabinet Dimensions 

Height

To give you a precise answer to this question, let’s start by stating the standard height of the wall and upper cabinets. Even though these are often 30 inches high, note that the dimensions vary. In fact, from those available on the market, one can easily find 12, 15, 18, 36, or even 42 inch cabinets. However, most often, cabinets located directly above the oven usually measure between 12 and 18 inches. 

Note that tall kitchen cabinets are usually found in homes with cathedral (high) ceilings. 

Depth

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Now, as for the depth, it’s generally between 12 and 18 inches. But, when it comes to the kitchen microwave cabinet (if any), it’s usually around 15 to 18 inches deep. Have your smaller appliances taken residence on the countertop as opposed to a cabinet? The free space between your base cabinets (including the counter) and the upper cabinet module should be 18 to 24 inches. 

Next up, is the refrigerator cabinet. This specific cavity should be 24 inches deep.

Width

What about the width of all of this? Just like where the height is concerned, the width can vary. However, we can say for sure that the most popular types of cabinets are the following: 12, 15, 18, or 30 inches wide. 

Base Cabinet Dimensions

Height

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On the other hand, when it concerns base cabinets, the height of these is much more regulated than that of upper/wall cabinets. In general, base cabinets are 34.5 inches high.

Bear in mind that above these cabinets lays the countertop and right below it, the toe kick strip, these having respective widths of 1 ¼ and 1 ½ inch. 

Depth and Width

As for the depth of base cabinets, it’s usually 24 inches. On the other hand, the width wavers. The most sought-after base cabinets available at the moment are 12, 15, 18, 30, 36, and 42 inches wide. 

When it comes to the toe kick strip that is found right at floor level, this one is usually 3 or 3 ½ inches deep. This little bit of extra space allows one to get up close and comfortable with the countertop, facilitating meal prep or the progress of any given task performed on this surface. 

How Tall Are the Two Sets of Cabinet Modules? 

Bearing in mind the free space between the top half and bottom half cabinets, the height of both of these combined is usually 84 inches. This standard established height works perfectly with the height of standard walls, which is 96 inches in North America (in conventional homes). 

Kitchen Pantry Dimensions

Regarding the kitchen pantry, note that the dimensions of this storage space usually vary from one kitchen to the next. Its depth is usually 12, 18, 24, or 26 inches, and the height is usually between 82 and 90 inches. Lastly, as for its width, it’s rather variable. 

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Adapting kitchen cabinets for those with reduced mobility

If you, or one of your family members, are wheelchair bound, certain measures in regard to cabinet height can contribute to making your kitchen as accessible as possible.

First off, upper/wall cabinets should be mounted at 16 inches high instead of the typical 18 inches.

As for base cabinets, note that these should be set back 4 inches from the counter so that the latter is easily accessible. 

Bear in mind that the height of certain cabinet models can be adjusted to the most convenient height, which is particularly efficient when it comes to facilitating their use for individuals with reduced mobility. 

How to Choose the Right Cabinet Dimensions

To choose just the right cabinet dimensions for your kitchen, it’s imperative that you take into consideration the dimensions of your appliances. Given that these are usually made according to standard sizes, you certainly won’t struggle to find the one that suits you best. 

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