The Complete Guide To Standard Kitchen Cabinet Dimensions

The Complete Guide To Standard Kitchen Cabinet Dimensions

If you are designing a kitchen on a budget, your best bet to save money is always to stick to the standard, or off-the-shelf, kitchen cabinet dimensions. These will always be more cost-effective than going bespoke. But the question is, what are the standard kitchen cabinet dimensions?

While certain kitchen manufacturers will have slightly different sizes available, this post will cover the vast majority of standard kitchen cabinet dimensions on the market.

These aren’t by any means your only option, with kitchen manufacturers increasingly offering bespoke sizes, but they should give you a guide for what’s ready-made in stores.

So, after reading this post you will have a good understanding of the standard sizes available for kitchen cabinets. If you’re trying to save money, this will help you incorporate these sizes into your kitchen design, making the best use of your space in the most cost-effective way.

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Standard kitchen cabinet dimensions

What are the standard dimensions of a base kitchen cabinet?

Base cabinets are the essential foundation and main building blocks for any kitchen. A kitchen may not include any wall or tall cabinets but it will certainly have base cabinets. Without them, there’s no countertop, and with no countertop, there’s no sink, hob or prep space.

There are several options when it comes to base cabinets, from the simple cupboard with a door to drawer packs and cabinets with all manner of pull out storage solutions.

However, what they will all have in common are the standard dimensions that mean they fit together nicely to create one uniform kitchen.

Base cabinet dimensions are made up of three parts:

  • 1. The plinth or toe kick height
  • 2. The cabinet height
  • 3. The worktop thickness and depth

The standard dimensions for kitchen base cabinets are:

Height = 720mm
Depth = 560-600mm
Widths = 150, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 600, 800, 900, 1000, 1200mm
Plinth = 150mm
Worktop thickness = 20-40mm
Worktop depth = 600-650mm (cabinet depth + overhang at front)
Overall height = 890-910mm

Other base kitchen cabinets to consider:

While the list above will cover most standard base cabinet sizes for normal cupboards and drawer packs, there are a few other base cabinets to consider.

Corner cabinets:

Corner cabinets usually come in two different types. The first is a straight cabinet than runs into the corner and has one door and a blank section.

These cabinets are normally referred to as blind corners. These are the ones you can’t see inside, leaving dark nooks and crannies for forgotten pasta sauces and lost pan lids.

The width of the cabinets will vary depending on the size of the door opening.

The standard sizes are:

900mm wide (450 door)
1000mm wide (500 door)
1100mm wide (600 door)

Top tip: these may vary depending on whether you are having any internal mechanisms installed inside that require a certain amount of space and door opening size.

The second type of corner cabinet is the L-Shaped corner cabinet. This cabinet will have two doors at right angle to each other that will either open attached together as a bi-fold door or open one door in front of the other.

The standard size is: 910 x 910mm wide

The height and depth of these corner cabinets will remain the same as standard base cabinets.

Shallow depth cabinets:

Lastly, another common base cabinet that has slightly different dimensions than standard is the shallow depth cabinet. As the name suggests these cabinets aren’t as deep as your standard base cabinet. They are usually half depth.

These cabinets are used primarily if you are a little tight on space, or towards the back of a kitchen island to make it that extra bit deeper than one cabinet, but not as deep as two back to back.

The standard size is: 300-350mm deep

Kitchen with induction hob on island and ceiling extractor
Kitchen island with shallow depth cabinets on the back

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What are the standard dimensions of wall kitchen cabinets?

Wall cabinets can be used for additional storage and for introducing a bit more style into your kitchen design. This could be a uniform and sleek look for a modern kitchen style, ornate and classic with glass wall cabinets for a traditional look, or anything in between.

Height – 360, 575, 720, 900mm
Depth – 300-350mm
Width – 300, 400, 450, 500, 600, 800, 1000mm

The shorter wall cabinets are sometimes referred to as top boxes. These are useful if you want additional storage on top of your standard wall cabinets. Perfect if you have high ceilings and want to get the most storage out of your space.

They can also be used above American fridge freezers, helping to frame the appliance.

Top tip: Don’t forget to consider the cornice when planning how high the wall cabinets can go. The cornice is the decorative coving that sits on top of your wall and tall cabinets. It’s typically between 60-100mm high, depending on the kitchen range and style.

Nowadays, most modern kitchens don’t use any cornice, but if you are having a traditional style kitchen then you will need to factor this in.

What are the standard dimensions of tall kitchen cabinets?

Tall cabinets are incredibly useful for large amounts of storage space, as well as being commonly used to house appliances. This is usually a fridge freezer or ovens in tower setup.

There are usually three different standard heights that tall cabinets come in. Short: 1825mm, standard (medium): 1950mm and tall: 2150mm. These are the cabinet heights only. All tall cabinets will also have the following dimensions:

Heights = 1825, 1950, 2150mm (cabinet only)
Depth = 560-600mm
Width = 300, 400, 450, 500, 600mm
Plinth = 150mm

Don’t forget to add the height of the cornice on top of the cabinet (if you are having it) when working out final heights!

Midi / Studio height cabinets:

A slightly newer trend is to have midi/studio height tall cabinets. This is more popular in Europe and smaller apartment-style kitchens.

These cabinets are approximately two-thirds the height of standard tall cabinets and can range between 1200 -1500mm.

You can still fit ovens and shorter fridge freezers into these cabinets, but their shorter height helps to make small rooms feel less crowded and opens up the room a little more.

Kitchen design with midi height tall cabinets
Kitchen design with midi height tall cabinets

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Standard Kitchen Cabinet Dimensions Chart: UK

Standard Kitchen Cabinet Size Chart UK

Standard Kitchen Cabinet Dimensions Chart: USA

Standard Kitchen Cabinet Size Chart USA

What is the distance between the countertop and wall cabinets?

The distance between a countertop and the underside of a wall cabinet will vary slightly depending on the height of the wall cabinet and thickness of the worktop.

There are no set rules for what this distance needs to be unless it is over a cooktop/hob (see below). However, good practice allows for at least 400mm to give enough space on the countertop for small appliances.

The standard distance is 470mm
Base cabinet of 870mm + 40mm worktop = 910mm
Tall cabinet of 2100mm
Wall cabinet of 720mm
2100mm – 720mm – 910mm = 470mm

This calculation assumes you line the top of the wall cabinet up with the top of the tall cabinet.

Tall kitchen cabinet in line with wall cabinet
Tall kitchen cabinet in line with wall cabinets

In modern, contemporary kitchens, this distance can be greater as the style is to have shorter wall cabinets. This creates a larger gap, if you line the wall cabinet up with the top of the tall cabinet.

What is the distance between the hob and extractor?

The distance between the wall cabinets/extractor and your hob/cooktop will need to be larger to comply with the regulations of the extractor.

The general rule is 750mm above a gas hob and 650mm above an induction or ceramic hob.

However, these are just general guidelines. Some extractor models allow you to have a smaller gap. To find out exactly what you need you must check with the technical information supplied with your extractor.

Top tip: when it comes to regulations, always check with the manufacturer or ask your kitchen designer.

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Standard integrated appliance dimensions:

Standard kitchen integrated appliance dimensions
Standard kitchen integrated appliance dimensions usa

Final thoughts…

Cabinets are the foundation of your kitchen. Sticking with standard sizes can help to reduce the costs associated with your kitchen redesign.

However, standard kitchen cabinet dimensions don’t mean you have to have a standard looking kitchen. The layout, colour, set-up and decoration will make your kitchen unique!

To learn more about the best layouts for your kitchen have a read of my post – Best Kitchen Layouts: A Design Guide

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