Cabinet Sizes: How High Should Kitchen Cabinets Be?

Small kitchen with white countertops and white cabinets There are numerous reasons why you could become unhappy with your kitchen cabinets. Maybe they’ve suffered some wear and tear, no longer suit your tastes, or seem to be too tall or too short. It can certainly be frustrating if you can’t reach a majority of your dishes, or your appliances can’t fit in the space between your countertops and the bottom of the upper cabinets. This leads many to wonder: How high should kitchen cabinets actually be?

While you have total freedom to design your kitchen exactly how you want to, it’s also helpful to follow standards. By having your lower and upper cabinets match certain heights and dimensions, you can ensure that your kitchen properly comes together. Therefore, here are some customary heights you might want to keep in mind:

Base Cabinets

These are the cabinets that sit on the floor and hold your countertops. The average height of these cabinets is 36 inches, but this can vary based on factors such as the thickness of your countertops, the size of appliances like the dishwasher, and your personal preferences. 

Upper Cabinets

To ensure that you have enough space for countertop appliances and activities like cooking, the space between the top of the counter and the bottom of the upper cabinets should be at least 18 inches. How tall these cabinets go is then mostly up to you; you can choose to have them go all the way to the ceiling! 

Whatever height or size your cabinets are, Tundraland is here for you when they need a refresh. We perform cabinet refacing services that completely transform the exterior appearance of your existing cabinetry. Contact us to learn more.

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