The Complete Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Sizes

A couple of weeks ago, my friend renovated the kitchen cabinets. I helped him and did the research for this task and realized that finding the right cabinet size is not an easy task.

I thought about sharing what I have learned and decided to write a helpful post about it.

What are the top kitchen cabinet sizes? The standard size for the base cabinet is H:34” x W:12” x D:25”, for the wall cabinet is H:18” x W:18” x D:24”,  and the corner cabinet is H:35” x W:35” x D:24”. However, you can customize the cabinets according to your kitchen size.

There are plenty of kitchen cabinets available in the market that are sized to fit your kitchen. Below are some ideal options for selecting the best kitchen cabinet size that meets the above criteria. 

Considerations and Where to Start

The kitchen is the heart of the home; it should be in the right balance of kitchen cabinet sizes that allows you to make the ideal space. Kitchen cupboards are available in different sizes, styles, and colors. You should consider the following points so you can choose the best kitchen cabinets sizes for your home.

Factor to take into consideration before picking up kitchen cabinets includes your desired style and available space. Your budget plan also decides the type of kitchen cabinets you will pick for your home, including height, width, and depth. 

You should consider the available space in the kitchen. Take measurements of the available space in the kitchen and where you want to install the kitchen cabinets. This will help you in deciding the kitchen cabinets sizes.

Remember, kitchen cabinets are available in a variety of materials. Always choose a durable material so you can enjoy the kitchen cabinets for a long time. Undoubtedly a durable kitchen cabinet saves your money in the long run.

Types of Kitchen Cabinets

Custom kitchen cabinets can be made in any measurement. However, if you are purchasing stock cabinets, you should choose standard measurements that all manufacturers follow. Since the cabinets come in different stock sizes, this is not a problem at all.

Wall cabinets, tall cabinets, base cabinets, corner cabinets, and oven sizes are specialty cabinets with their standard sizes.

Base Cabinets

What are the standard dimensions of the base kitchen cabinet? The base cabinet works as a base for countertops and other surfaces. They are placed on the floor and come with a drawer and set of shelves or many drawers stacked on one another, which depends on your preferences and needs.

The base cabinets are installed on the floor; they lift all the weight, including the counter and sinks installed. Dishwashers, ranges, and all other appliances are attached to them. 

If you are renovating your kitchen, base cabinets are essential for your kitchen; they cannot be skipped as they are the building block on which everything is placed.

Base cabinets in the following two different varieties each have their own functions and specifications:: 

It can be attached to ranges, dishwashers, and other appliances.  Should be installed on floor works as a counter, sink, and other heavy surfaces.

Dimensions (H x W x D):  34″ x 36″ x 24″

Pantry or Tall Cabinets

Most kitchens have at least one tall cabinet; it is installed alongside the refrigerator.  Sometimes tall cabinets are called utility cabinets and pantries. It can also be extended from floor to ceiling.

Tall cabinets are used as pantries we see in most updated kitchens. They can also be used in the laundry room and mudrooms.  

The ideal height for tall cabinets is usually 84 inches to 96″ with a depth of 12″ – 24″.  Widths range from 12″ – 36″. If you have an 8″ ceiling, then your 96″ tall cabinet will touch the ceiling. For storing, reaching boxes and cans of food 12″ deep cabinets are perfect. 

It can be used as storage, pantry space, and oven cabinets. Extend from ceiling to floor include drawers and pullouts.

Dimensions (H x W x D): 84″, 24″, 12″ 

Wall Cabinets

What is the standard size of a wall kitchen cabinet? The standard height of wall cabinets is 30 to 36 inches. The standard width range is 30 inches and the standard depth is 24 inches. 

Wall kitchen cabinets ideally are hung 54″ above the floor, 18″ above the counter, and 24″ above the stove. It is recommended that if your kitchen is accessible, then the cabinet can be hung at 15″ above countertops. 

Wall kitchen cabinets are very diverse in design and are the central point of your kitchen. The choice of wall cabinet depends on your design preference and ceiling height. They can be attached directly to the wall with screws. 

For storing lightweight and small food and kitchen items.  Attached to the wall studs with screws and less durable.

When you are choosing wall cabinet size for your kitchen, consider the following points:

  1. In an 8-foot ceiling kitchen, ideally, the cabinets do not touch the ceiling, 30″ wall cabinets should be installed.
  2. If you would like to use crown moulding in your 8-foot kitchen, then you should install a 36″ wall cabinet.
  3. If your kitchen has a 9-foot ceiling, then you should install the largest standard 42″ wall cabinet.

Dimensions (H x W x D): 36″ x 30″ x 24″

Corner Cabinets

Above mentioned cabinet sizes cover the cabinets and drawer packs. There are also other cabinets to consider like corner cabinets. They come in two different types. The first runs into the corner and has a black section and one door.

These cabinets are referred to as blind spots as you can’t see inside leaving a dark angled corner for forgotten pan lids and pasta. Corner cabinet size depends on the size of the door opening.

This may depend on whether you have an internal mechanism installed in a certain amount of space and door opening size.

The second type is L-Shaped which has a two-door to one another that will open joined or one door open in front of another.

Dimensions: 910mm x 910mm wide, Height and width will be the same as Base kitchen cabinets.

How do I measure for replacement kitchen cabinets?

If you want to change your kitchen cabinets, you will need to measure your kitchen precisely for them to fit into space. Anyone can take measurements with the following guidelines.

Take a steel measuring tape, Graph paper, and Pencil then make a floor plan and start measuring. From left to right measure the full length of each wall, including windows and doorways. 

Which comes first cabinets or the hard flooring?

If you are replacing both floor and cabinets at the same time. If by some financial issues you are doing it at a separate time.

Also keep this in mind if your cabinets are completed before flooring, due to cabinet height issues it may restrict your flooring options. The ideal seems to be if one has time then discuss the whole process with flooring and cabinet contractors.

I have seen many customers who don’t hold fast to this, As a result, they could neither do durable hardwood nor tile. 


It is suggested you contact experts that will take the measurement and design your kitchen getting to the ideal kitchen cabinets available in the market.  Selecting the right kitchen cabinet size will make your kitchen pleasant and consoling for you and your family.

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