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Kitchen Design Measures & Dimensions

When designing a new kitchen, apart from the layout design being functional, the measurements of certain aspects make a kitchen ergonomically friendly.

Countertops

  • Height - Countertops should be 2-3" below the elbow. The standard is 36", but do range between 28" - 45". Whilst a custom height may suit you, it may also affect the resale value of the house.
  • Thickness - Countertops are normally 1 ½ - 2" thick, depending on composition.
  • Spacing - Always leave at least 38" between countertops, or if it is a passage, at least 64".

Kitchen Base Cabinet Standard Sizes

  • Height - American base cabinets are normally 30 ½" tall. European base cabinets are 28".
  • Height of Baking Area - A baking area should be 5-6" below the elbow.
  • Toekicks - American toekicks are usually 4 ½", European toekicks are 7"

Kitchen Wall Cabinet Standard Sizes

  • Height Above Countertop - Wall cabinets are placed 15-20" from the countertops

 

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