Choosing the right size for your kitchen cabinet is not easy. You thus have to put into consideration several factors to ensure you have the right cabinet for your kitchen. You have to consider the purpose of the cabinets, the size of your budget, the size of your kitchen and the ease of installation. As you consider these, remember that the deeper and wide the cabinetry is, the harder it will be during installation, hence more costs. This article gives more information regarding kitchen cabinet sizes.
- Base Cabinet Dimensions
Base cabinetry is mainly for storage purposes, a reason for which most people like to keep them as simple as possible. Mostly, base cabinets from the factory come in 34 ½ inches tall because most people’s waistline falls between 34-38 inches tall. The waistline length is used because this is the measurement that would allow you to clean the dishes, cook meals and do everything else while standing upright. You do not need very tall base cabinets that would be inaccessible or one that is too short such that you would bend downwards for you to reach it. The ideal height for base cabinets is 34½ inches tall because it can also be used by a person in a wheelchair.
The depth of a cabinet can be described as the measurement from the front of the cabinet, all the way back into the wall. It should not be so deep since this would render the cabinetry inaccessible, for which reason the standard depth measurement is 24 inches, beyond or below this measurement will depend on your unique desires and needs. Most base cabinetry comes in a width of approximately 9 to 48 inches, depending on the floor plan and specific needs.
- Wall Cabinet Dimensions
Wall cabinetry is mostly used for showpiece, and for that reason, they can be made with several accessories such as cabinet lightings and glass inserts. Most wall cabinets come in a standard height of 12, 36, and 42 inches. However, other people prefer their wall cabinetry to run to the ceiling. This is the case if the kitchen is small and the house owner wants to maximize the little space available.
The standard depth measurement of wall cabinetry lies between 12 and 24 inches deep, starting from the front of the cabinet, all the way back to the wall surface. However, your choice for the depth depends solely on whether you want to utilize the surface of the cabinetry for countertop purposes. If the wall cabinetry is above the cooking stove, it should be between 15 and 18 inches deep. If the cabinetry is above a refrigerator, it should go as deep as 24 inches deep. However, it should not be so deep since this will be a challenge when accessing things in the deepest end of the cabinet.
Although the most common wall cabinet is the 30-inch single or double door, most wall cabinets’ width measures between 9 and 48 inches. It is very rare to find a wall cabinet measuring 36 inches in width. This is because the width exceeding this measurement would end up rendering the cabinet next to being completely inaccessible.
- Tall Cabinet Dimensions
Tall cabinets are mainly used for extra storage purposes, especially in the neglected spaces in the kitchen. They are best suitable for storing canned foods since only such small items can fit their small width measurements. Most tall cabinets measure between 84 and 96 inches tall. 84 inches tall cabinet is for the standard 8 feet kitchens, while 96 inches tall cabinets could go from the floor to the ceiling. Although most cabinets measure between 12 and 24 inches deep, the depth is not much of a concern with this type of cabinetry since most are made to be pulled in and out. The most common width measurements for tall cabinets come in multiples of 12; starting from 12, 24 and 36 inches. Tall cabinets are sometimes referred to as pantry and can hold as many items more than you can believe. This is the case when the pantry doors are made with extra storage sections.
Choosing the right size for your kitchen cabinets is not easy, especially if you have a large family with kids. This is because you all have varying heights that make it hard to know what measurements will favor everyone, from the shortest to the tallest in the family. In this case, a contractor can help you make an informed choice for the cabinet sizes, as well as installing the cabinetry for you.