The process of designing your kitchen can be both exciting and overwhelming. You will have to make some important decisions when it comes to choosing your kitchen cabinets. For instance, kitchen cabinets that are pre-made and modular, which require some assembly, can be cost-effective but have limited design possibilities. You may not be able to see the finished product before you complete your kitchen renovation.  In this post, we will show you how to measure kitchen dimensions and fit overhead kitchen cabinets into available space. This will help you to make an informed decision about choosing base and wall kitchen cupboards.

A few considerations before you purchase kitchen cabinets

When designing a kitchen, it is important to consider various factors, including the accurate sizing of cabinets for the kitchen, to ensure that the space can accommodate everything you need.

Kitchen layout

In kitchen design, efficient use of space is essential. To optimize your workflow, consider the layout of your kitchen. This will ensure a logical organization of areas such as cooking, storage and preparation zones. It is important to adapt the design of the new kitchen to meet the habits and needs of everyone in the family.  You should consider factors like cooking habits, appliances you prefer, and how many people will be using the kitchen at the same time.

Cabinet ergonomics

You can improve the functionality of your kitchen by selecting your appliances, cabinets and countertops based on ergonomic principles. User-centred design can help reduce walking back and forth and make everyday tasks more comfortable. To maximize the space available, think creatively about how to design upper cabinets to be functional and not overwhelming.

Materials and finishes

Spend some time to choose the materials and finishes you want for your kitchen. You can select from a wide range of design and quality options when you buy pre-made cabinet sets for your kitchen.  Ask yourself, how intensively do you use your kitchen? If you like to cook for the whole family and host frequent gatherings in the living room, it is worth considering wear-resistant materials such as melamine, plywood or solid wood with polyurethane finishes or catalyzed varnish. 

How to measure and prepare the kitchen for new cabinets

You can use the old measurements as you are keeping the top cabinets where they were before renovation. For those who design the kitchen first time it helps to avoid a lot of mistakes. And you will need to draw out your new layout if you’re moving things around. Even though this may be a fairly simple DIY, you shouldn’t rush. 

For the first step, you will require some graph paper and a tape measuring tool. There are also various online tools that you can use to speed up the process.

  1. Draw the general outline of your kitchen and include any protrusions or angles that branch out.
  2. Mark any walls and structural obstacles in the drawing.
  3. Mark and label open spaces like windows and doors.
  4. Measure the floor-to-ceiling in several clear sections. 
  5. Measure wall widths corner to corner. 
  6. Check all wall corners for squareness.
  7. Measure any plumbing and electrical wiring on your drawing, wall vents, drain pipes, light switches, outlets, etc. 
  8. Make note of appliances, plumbing, gas and electric lines on your drawing as you go. 

Mark measurements on your drawing. This basic blueprint will help you create a plan for your new cabinetry. You will be better able to calculate cabinet sizes once you have measured and drawn your kitchen.

It is possible that several kitchen drawings are needed to avoid a confusing mess. This is particularly useful if you plan to remodel the kitchen. Your kitchen will have an overview drawing with details such as wall details, cupboards and appliances, doors, windows, etc. You may require a drawing of the height of the wall with cabinets, including obstacles.

2 make the most of your kitchen cupboards and appliances with proper measuring

Choosing kitchen cabinet sizes

Once you’ve got your kitchen plans and drawings you can decide what depth of cabinets you want. Planning those dimensions should include the depth and width of your benchtop. Consider your wall dimensions and determine how many cabinet doors will you require for accurate calculations of top cabinet widths. You may plan where double-door cabinets and where single-door cabinets go. The same with the bottom cabinets – they may contain two to four drawers with different depths. A corner wall cabinet may also be what you need. These kitchen units would wrap at an angle around the corner with two doors, or diagonally. 

The standard kitchen measures 

Certain typical measurements help you to achieve ergonomics and functionality in your kitchen. To make the most of your space, it is important to have the right dimensions for all the following clearances in your kitchen. Here are the measures recommended by NKBA for the standard kitchen:

  • Base cabinet height: Typically around 34.5 inches to 36 inches (87.6 cm to 91.4 cm) from the floor to the countertop surface.
  • Base cabinet depth: Usually 24 inches with 26 inches (61 cm to 66 cm) benchtop.
  • Wall clearance between cabinet and countertop: Generally around 18 inches (45.7 cm) from the countertop surface to the bottom of the wall cabinet.
  • Wall cabinet depth: Typically ranges from 12 inches to 15 inches (30.5 cm to 38.1cm) from the front of the cabinet to the back.
  • Distance between outlets: No less than 4 feet to 6 feet (1.2 m to 1.8 m) apart along the countertop.
  • Range hood clearance: Usually around 24 inches to 30 inches (61 cm to 76 cm) between the cooking surface and the bottom of the range hood.
  • Clearance for a dishwasher: Allow at least 24 inches (61 cm) of clearance in front of a dishwasher for comfortable loading and unloading.
  • Pathway width: A minimum of 36 inches (91.4 cm) is recommended for a single-cook kitchen, while an aisle width of 48 inches (121.9 cm) or more is preferable for multiple-cook kitchens.
  • Island or dining table pathways: For comfortable movement around an island or dining table, aim for a clearance of at least 36 inches (91.4 cm) on all sides.

Kitchens offer storage for food, space for cooking and cleaning, and, of course, a place to cook and eat.  If you arrange your kitchen cabinet layout well, all of these features will work together logically. This makes all the kitchen activities more enjoyable.