Kitchen Cabinet Sizes
The kitchen cabinet sizes you need and will get depends on:
- Are you going with stock (factory) cabinets?
- Are you purchasing semi-custom cabinets (which are
factory built cabinets with more alternatives for storage and a few variations
- Will you be purchasing custom built cabinets?
- Your overall room dimensions and designing what the
- Where is the sink located? Below a window, in
a corner, in an island, or another spot?
- Where are fixtures and appliances going to be
- How tall is your ceiling?
- Do you have soffits? What are their
Before you purchase you cabinets, think about what choices you have for kitchen cabinet
sizes, such as:
- Do you want any special heights? For
example, a baking area that is shorter than the standard 36" high countertop,
or a raised area for your dishwasher.
- Do you want your cabinets to have staggered
heights? Example: having standard 30" high uppers throughout your
kitchen, but then having your corner upper cabinet 36" or 42" high (like
the photo at right - the frig cabinet is 24" deep and 21" high (6" above the
rest) - the same with the corner cabinet (36" total height, 24" x 24" deep)
and pantry (90" total height and 24" deep). The rest of the uppers are
30" high (above the stove area is 15") - the customers we built this for
wanted to keep all the cabinets to a maximum height of 90" total from the
floor, which is 6" below the beginning of their 8' ceiling, where the vault
- Are you going to have a lowered desk or eating
area? Are you going to have an island or penninsula that is lower than
your surrounding base cabinets, maybe for baking or to eat at?
With custom built cabinets, you are virtually unlimited in your choice of
kitchen cabinet sizes.
With stock (or factory built) cabinets, your choices will be limited.
They come in 3" increments. You can get cabinets as narrow as 9".
Smaller spaces will be filled in with "fillers".
Semi-custom cabinets are factory built, but have more storage options (like
rollouts and spice racks). They may also have a wider array of standard
sizes than regular factory (stock) cabinets.
Fillers can be attractively used.
- Rather than just getting a smooth board, think
about adding a "decorative" filler. This might be something that is
fluted, has grooves, looks like a spindle, has a block and plinth, or some
other nice piece. The photo at right is natural cherry. The
corner fillers are grooved. It really added a nice touch to this
peninsula. You will pay more for something like this, so look at your
budget too. The countertop is granite too, which is another budget
buster - but looks great and lasts forever!!
- Some filler spaces can actually become pullouts.
Rev-A-Shelf makes some wonderful pullout three tier shelves that can be
attached to fillers, for either base or upper cabinets. These can be
used for spice storage, etc.
- If you have a narrow opening, less than 9", you
may be able to leave it open, and just install small shelves. You can
put little items on these shelves, or utilize some small rattan baskets for
easy storage of small items. (again, made by Rev-A-Shelf)
Some Standard Kitchen Cabinet Sizes:
- For a sink cabinet, the standard size will be 36"
wide (all base cabinets come a standard 24" deep). If you are having a
special sink size, you may need to increase the size cabinet you purchase for
- If your sink is going to be in a corner cabinet,
corner cabinets are usually 36" x 36". This works great for a lazy
susan, but is tight for a sink (unless you go with a 90 degree sink). If
you are going with custom cabinets, your corner sink cabinet will probably be
42" x 42". If you are going with factory cabinets, check to see if you
can get a 42" x 42" corner cabinet to use for your sink. It really works
much better and is more roomy for the sink area than a 36" x 36". The
photo at above is of a corner cabinet and sink. The base cabinet that
the sink sits in is 42" x 42". The countertop is Cambria Quartz with a
stainless steel undermount sink.
- Standard cabinets for above your stove will be
30" wide x 15" high. Some will be 18" high. If you are planning on
having an above the stove microwave, be sure to get the 15" high cabinet (or
27" high cabinet if you are filling in to an 8' ceiling). If you are not
having a "standard" size stove, you will need to get a cabinet that fits above
your stove size.
- Standard refrigerator cabinets will be 36" wide.
Please consider getting a wider refrigerator cabinet because many of today's
refrigerators are almost 36" in width alone. A factory built
refrigerator cabinet will be 15" high. Many of today's refrigerators
won't fit under a 15" cabinet (or 27" cabinet if you're going to an 8'
ceiling). Check with your kitchen designer to make sure you get a
cabinet that will fit your frig. You may need to get a 12" high cabinet.
- Cabinets for above your refrigerator can also be
ordered 24" deep. This is aesthetically nice, especially if you are
having a 24" deep pantry next to your refrigerator.
Again, the above "standard" kitchen cabinet sizes are only for factory built cabinets.
Custom cabinets, although they follow some standard guidelines, can really be
built to any kitchen cabinet sizes you need.
Also check out our
Standard Kitchen Cabinet Sizes
page for all the low-down on what's standard, what's not.
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