Whether you are purchasing your kitchen cabinets premade or custom, you’ll need to install cabinets that fit comfortably into the allotted space in your kitchen. Below is a guide to help you determine the right cabinet dimensions for your kitchen space.

Base Cabinets

Base cabinets reside on the floor in the kitchen. Because of their position alongside dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, and other components, base cabinets can be difficult to design and install. Therefore, you need to remember three things:


●        Get the measurements precise: The measurements have to be precise down to the smallest unit. You will be measuring the cabinets against the wall, the floor, and the appliances. The slightest miscalculation in measurements can trigger a series of problems.

●        Get the first piece right. If you get the first piece right, every other piece will fall into position. Position the first piece according to the highest point on the floor. This will help you determine the height of the first piece and all other pieces.

●        Make every space accessible. Experts all agree that you should stress accessibility when considering how deep, tall, and wide your cabinets will be. If possible, minimize the amount of deep, unreachable space you have at the corners.

Wall Cabinets

Even if you are completely renovating your entire room, you still need to plan your wall cabinet design around the kitchen. The kitchen is filled with components that you may not see or account for when developing your concept.


Therefore, identify all components such as the electrical outlets, electrical wiring, plumbing, vents, HVAC air ducts, and any other part that may hinder or alter the size and depth of the cabinets. And, while you are at it, don’t forget about the microwave outlet. It is commonly overlooked during installation. Knowing where you’re going to put the microwave can also help you when you size your cabinets.

Size Your Cabinets According to Your Kitchenware

You can determine the size of each cabinet space according to how you arrange your kitchenware. Remember, one of the key elements of cabinet design is creating a more functional kitchen. Arrange your cabinets so that you have easy access to all of your dishes, pots & pans, silverware, and other utensils. This will set the basis each unit’s dimensions.


A standard base kitchen cabinet measures 34-1/2 inches high and 35 to 36 inches high from your kitchen floor with a countertop. The standard depth is 24 to 26 inches if you include the countertop. Although you may be tempted to purchase a base cabinet that is 30 inches deep to make more space for your dishes, deep cabinets can make it difficult for you to reach across the countertop or into the back of the cabinet. Measure wisely.

Custom Kitchen Cabinet Installation in Chicago

No matter what you have in mind for your kitchen cabinets, Boca can help you with your ideas. We offer custom kitchen cabinet design and installation for homeowners.


To schedule a consultation or start your installation, call us today at (773) 886-4686. You can also send a message to contact@bocacabinets.com or visit our Chicago showroom.