Base Cabinets Sizes and Dimensions
Base kitchen cabinets are the type of cabinet installed right on the floor of the kitchen. These are the cabinets where you can lay counters, install sink, ranges, and dishwashers. They are often big enough to store pots and pons. These all make base cabinets the most expensive of all types of kitchen cabinets.
Base cabinets are measured through their exterior dimensions while they have different interior sizes. Most homeowners are more concerned about the interior dimensions since it dictates the storage space. However, the exterior sizes – the height and thickness – are also important when it comes to the room’s overall space.
Base cabinets are available in the following standard exterior dimensions:
The height of a base cabinet is almost always the same, so it isn’t that important of a factor. Virtually any base cabinet has the same standard height, which is 34 ½ inches. However, this size refers to the height without a countertop. If a countertop is added, the base cabinet’s height will then be somewhere around 35 to 36 inches.
This shows that the height is a flexible variable, especially since the eventual height after adding a countertop depends on the material used. If the base cabinet you need is not within this range, then your best choice is customization. In a customized base cabinet, the height can be as low as 32 inches or as tall as 38 inches.
The width is a crucial variable when it comes to kitchen cabinet dimensions. In terms of width, the different sizes are geared towards different uses. Your choice of width for a base cabinet depends on the space and functions you need. Thus, it’s important to always consider the width of a base cabinet.
The available width dimensions for base kitchen cabinets range from 9 to 48 inches in an increment of 3. Of these dimensions, the width sizes 9, 12, 18, and 24 are the standard for filler accommodations. These are cabinets with enough space for pull-outs which are narrow rolling racks to store various items.
The next width size is 30 inches, which is ideal for a single basin sink. For a double-basin, offset sink, the ideal width size is 33 inches. But if it is only a double-basin sink, you need a base cabinet the size of 36 inches. The 48 inches base cabinet, the largest size, is the one often found in most kitchens.
When choosing a base cabinet, consider its depth as well. This is the measurement taken from the cabinet’s front outer edge to the wall. The same thing with the height and width, this will help you figure out the right size of the cabinet to buy. On that note, the standard depth is usually 24 inches excluding the countertop.
With countertops, the depth of a base kitchen cabinet reaches up to 25 to 26 inches. This is the result of the countertop overlapping the front part of the cabinet, although that depends on the detailing of the edge. Some manufacturers also offer deep cabinets at 12, 15, and 18-inch depths.