Kitchen Sizing Guide and Glossary
Most kitchen furnishings and installments are made with standard kitchen sizes in mind. While everybody’s kitchens are different, there’s no denying that some fixtures look better in smaller kitchens, and others in larger kitchens. Don’t you wish there was some kind of kitchen sizing guide so you can figure out exactly what works best for YOUR kitchen?
Well, today’s your lucky day! Our premier kitchen designers came up with a kitchen sizing guide and a glossary to not only help you find the right measurements more easily but also to define certain terms and phrases that can assist you along the way.
Let’s start this list by talking about cabinets. Cabinets are easily the most prominent features of any kitchen, and it’s too easy to size them the wrong way, especially when you don’t know exactly what your layout plans are yet. Let’s go over some of the details:
For a large kitchen, you can easily have up to 192” of cabinetry, and that only includes front-facing cabinets. Other cabinets can be fitted in a large kitchen as well. On the other hand, small kitchens can comfortably fit up to 156” of front-facing kitchen cabinets. When you customize kitchen cabinets, you should keep in mind that kitchen cabinets must be at least 21” in depth.
Tall cabinets are typically from floor to ceiling and are narrower than base cabinets. Most standard pantry space exists in tall cabinets. These fixtures can be between 84” and 94” tall in both small and large kitchens, with a depth up to 18”.
Now that you understand your abilities and limitations on cabinet placement, what are you going to do about all of your custom drawer space? A kitchen drawer should be, at the bare minimum, 15” wide, and can measure up to 22” wide.
These standard sizes work well for kitchens of all sizes. The bigger your kitchen, the more cabinets you have, as well as more opportunities for drawer space. But when you work with design pros, you can learn how to maximize drawer space even in the smallest of kitchens.
You can’t discuss kitchen layouts and sizing without talking about countertops. Easily the most attractive component of a kitchen, the countertop is essential to get right. No matter the size of your custom kitchen, your countertop should be at least 16” deep.
When it comes to countertop height, this is where sizes may vary. Large kitchens can handle countertops between 36” and 45” with a length up to 198”, while small kitchens have countertops that range in height between 26” and 36” with a length up to 132”.
If you are installing multiple countertops in the kitchen – a standard counter and an island counter, for example – it is vital that they are not both the same exact size. Typically, one countertop would be smaller than the other.
Doorways and Walkways
How grand should your kitchen entrance be? If you have an open-concept floor plan, you don’t need to worry about these measurements as much. But if your kitchen is separated from the rest of the home by walls and a doorway, you want to make sure your measurements all check out.
Doorways should be at a minimum 32” wide and 24” deep. In most cases, even with small kitchens, the doorways are larger to leave plenty of room for residents to move in and out of the space.
Walkways are trickier to manage. You want to have a good flow of space between your large appliances and fixtures in the kitchen. Have you ever heard of the kitchen triangle rule? It is a standard that many custom designers follow, indicating that a triangular space of walkway between the fridge, the stove, and the entryway can give your kitchen the perfect harmony. It also makes it easiest for you when you are trying to go back and forth while preparing a meal. Mainly, you don’t want anything in your way when you’re moving around in there.
Design Your Perfect Kitchen Today!
Using the glossary and kitchen sizing guide listed above, you can start to get a feel for which measurements will work best in your kitchen space. When you’re ready to get started with your own custom furnishings and fixtures, contact us online. You can also give us a call at (310) 360-0390 to speak with a representative.