Kitchen Cabinet Dimensions Guide
Find standard kitchen cabinet dimensions and general kitchen cabinetry buying tips
Cabinets are the bread and butter of kitchen design — updating them can improve your entire kitchen’s functionality. Before you buy, you need to know how many cabinets can fit your kitchen layout. Kitchen cabinet dimensions vary among three types of cabinets: base, wall and tall cabinets. In our guide, we’ll also cover fillers, toe kicks, appliance clearance and shopping tips. Here’s a shortcut to kitchen cabinet sizes.
Standard Kitchen Cabinet Sizes Chart:
- Base cabinets: 12 to 48 inches wide, 34½ to 36 inches tall, 24 inches deep
- Wall cabinets: 9 to 48 inches wide, 12 to 42 inches tall, 12 to 24 inches deep
- Tall cabinets: 12 to 36 inches wide, 84 to 96 inches tall, 12 to 24 inches deep
Base Cabinet Sizes
Installed directly on the floor, base cabinets lay the foundation for a kitchen. You simply can’t design a kitchen without them, so jot down these base cabinet dimensions before you start planning:
- Base cabinet width: 12 to 48 inches wide (sized in three-inch increments)
- Base cabinet height: 34½ inches tall without countertop; 35 to 36 inches tall with countertop
- Base cabinet depth: 24 inches deep
Lingo to Know
- Fillers disguise the narrow gaps after standard size cabinets are installed. A filler can be a solid panel purely for aesthetic purposes, or you can customize it with a pull-out system to hold spices, utensils and baking sheets.
- A toe kick is the space between the bottom of a base cabinet and the floor. They’re usually 3 to 4½ inches tall and 3 inches deep. If you can afford the storage space in the base cabinet above, you can extend the height of toe kicks and convert them into drawers for more storage.
Wall Cabinet Sizes
Wall cabinets — also called upper cabinets — are more decorative than base cabinets and tend to become the focal point of a kitchen. They’re attached to wall studs with screws and their size is largely dependent on your ceiling height, but here are some standard wall cabinet dimensions:
- Wall cabinet width: 9 to 48 inches wide (sized in 3-inch increments), though cabinets larger than 36 inches wide are not commonly used
- Wall cabinet height: 12 to 42 inches tall
- Wall cabinet depth: 12 to 24 inches deep, though they should not exceed the depth of the base cabinets below
Note: 54 inches of space between the floor and the bottom of wall cabinets is most ideal.
Tall Cabinet Sizes
Tall cabinets are often referred to as pantry cabinets in the kitchen and utility cabinets in laundry rooms or mudrooms. They usually extend from floor to ceiling, but here are some measurements to note:
- Tall cabinet width: 12 to 36 inches wide
- Tall cabinet height: 84 to 96 inches tall
- Tall cabinet depth: 12 to 24 inches deep
What About Appliances?
If you’re designing a kitchen from scratch, choose your appliances before your kitchen cabinetry. Most, but not all, appliances meet the standard cabinet sizes listed above. Here’s the clearance you’ll need for most appliances:
- Sink: 25¼ to 26 inches wide, 36 to 42 inches tall, 24 inches deep
- Dishwashers: 24 inches wide, 35 inches tall, 24 inches deep
- Refrigerators: 30 to 36 inches wide, 67 to 70 inches tall, 29 to 35 inches deep
- Cooktops: 30 to 36 inches wide
- Ovens: 30 to 33 inches wide, 36 inches tall, 25 inches deep
- Electric stove: 30 inches between wall cabinet and cooktop
- Gas stove: 36 inches between wall cabinet and cooktop
- Range hoods: 66 to 72 inches between floor and wall cabinet with range hood
- Small appliances: 18 inches between wall cabinet and countertop
Cabinet Buying Guide
You have three options for buying kitchen cabinets: stock, semi-custom and custom. Here are the prices, pros and cons of each.
- Price Range: $35 to $200 per linear foot
- Pros: You and a handy friend can install stock cabinets yourself for a quick turnaround.
- Cons: Styles, configurations and finishes are limited.
- Price Range: $90 to $650 per linear foot and up
- Pros: You’ll have more options of styles, configurations and finishes for the focal point of your kitchen.
- Cons: Semi-custom cabinets require a bigger budget, and you might have to hire help from a professional.
- Price Range: $500 to $1,200 per linear foot and up
- Pros: Custom cabinets ensure a precise fit in any configuration. Fine detailing is also a major perk.
- Cons: Custom cabinets are expensive, and you’ll have to hire a pro to protect your warranty.