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How to Pick the Perfect Height for Your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are one of the main focal points in any kitchen and provide the backdrop for gatherings, family dinners, and cooking with loved ones. A beautiful cabinet design offers aesthetic refinement paired with utilitarian functionality. They’re an essential, yet often overlooked, part of a luxurious home. 

If you’re building or remodeling your home, it is important to put time and intentionality into picking your kitchen cabinets. It may seem like a straightforward process, but like anything home-related, there are a wide variety of options, including height, depth, color, finish, design, etc. 

There are several important aspects to keep in mind for your kitchen to end up looking beautiful and stylish but functional. 

Guide to Cabinet Size

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, size matters. Your cabinet size will determine how much storage space you have and how they look in your kitchen.

Standard Sizes Vs. Custom Cabinets

Standard size cabinets are the most common and are generally less expensive than custom cabinets. However, they may not fit your kitchen perfectly, so many trend setters opt for custom cabinets to fit their personal style. 

Custom cabinets are made to order and can be more expensive. They offer a customized look and make your kitchen stand out. 

When choosing the right size for your kitchen cabinets, it’s essential to consider both standard and custom options. That way, you can find the perfect balance of form and function for your kitchen.

Base Cabinet Vs. Wall Cabinet

There are two main types of kitchen cabinets: base cabinets and wall cabinets.

Base cabinets are the lower cabinets that sit on the floor. The standard dimensions for these cabinets are 36 inches tall, 24 inches deep, and 12 inches wide. Wall cabinets are the suspended cabinets above the counter space, and can include any upper cabinets above the stove and refrigerator as well. They are often taller than base cabinets, and can come in more custom sizes to either sit flush with the ceiling or leave space. 

When picking the perfect height for your cabinets, it’s essential to consider both the base cabinets and the wall cabinets, as well as how far up toward the ceiling you would like your cabinets. 

Standard Depths

Base cabinets are typically 24 to 30 inches deep, while standard wall cabinets are usually only about 12 inches to allow for counter access. Cabinet depth is one of the only exceptions when it comes to customizability. Changing your cabinet depth to be too deep or too shallow can make it either hard to reach items or hard to store widen items like dinner plates that have a larger footprint. 

Standard Widths

Wall cabinets are typically 30 or 36 inches wide. However, you may find some that are as narrow as 12 inches or as wide as 42 inches.

Base cabinets, on the other hand, are much broader. They are typically 36 inches wide, but you may find some that are as narrow as 30 inches or as wide as 48 inches.

You don’t have to choose a standard width when deciding on the cabinets for your home, and kind include various widths to meet your design plans. Discuss your plans with a furnishing company that understands your unique goals and can curate products specifically for your needs. 

What to Consider When Deciding on the Height of Kitchen Cabinet

When installing kitchen cabinets, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is determining the right height.

What Are Your Existing Kitchen Dimensions and Design?

One of the first things to consider is the dimensions of your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen, you may want to opt for shorter wall cabinets to make the space feel bigger and avoid overwhelming the room. Larger kitchens are currently avant-garde and give you a much broader canvas to work with as you design your perfect space.

Another important consideration is your kitchen’s design. If you have a more traditional kitchen with lower ceilings, shorter cabinets may be a good option.

Will there be corner cabinets?

Corner cabinets are typically designed very differently than other cabinets in the space, so make sure you have a plan in mind if you have or are adding cabinets in a corner. 

What are your current kitchen cabinet dimensions?

If you’re renovating your kitchen and keeping your existing cabinets, you’ll want to ensure the new wall cabinets you choose are the same height. This will provide a seamless look and help make your kitchen renovation as easy as possible.

Will You Be Storing Large Items Like Baking Pans and Pots?

If you plan on storing baking pans, pots, and other large items in your cabinets, you’ll want to ensure they are tall enough to accommodate them. The last thing you want is for your pots and pans to be crammed into a cabinet that’s too small, it will be hard to access them as you’re cooking. Wall cabinet heights are typically between 30 and 42 inches, so make sure to measure the items you plan on storing in your cabinets before making a final decision.

Base cabinets are typically 24 inches tall, perfect for storing things like plates, bowls, and silverware. If you have small children in your home, you may consider special child-proof fasteners to make sure they don’t have access to breakable or dangerous items. There are also options available like utility cabinets that are much taller for storing items like cleaning supplies, brooms, and mops. 

For Pantry Cabinets, Do You Need Functional Elements?

When it comes to pantry cabinets, you’ll want to ensure they’re tall enough to store all your food items but not so tall that they’re difficult to reach. Most pantry cabinets are between 84 and 96 inches tall, which should provide plenty of storage space for most families. Let’s consider some functional elements when choosing the perfect height.

Lazy Susan

A lazy Susan is a turntable that can be installed in your pantry cabinet. They are typically between 24 and 36 inches in diameter, and are a great way to maximize storage space and make reaching items stored in the back of the cabinet easier. This is a perfect solution for storing spices that you access regularly. 

Pull-Out Shelves

Another smart way to maximize storage space in your pantry cabinets is to install pull-out shelves. These shelves sit on tracks and can be pulled out to easily reach items stored in the back of the cabinet. Pull-out shelves are typically between 18 and 24 inches wide.

Do You Want These Cabinets To Go up to the Ceiling?

If you love the look of tall kitchen cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling, there are a few things you need to take into account before making your decision.

For one, will you be able to reach them?

It’s essential to be practical — you don’t want them to be so high that you can’t get the items you need daily. There are a few ways to work around this, such as installing a rolling ladder or step stool, but it’s something you should keep in mind. 

Another thing to consider is the overall look you want for your kitchen. If you want a more streamlined, minimalist look, wall cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling is an excellent way to acheive this. On the other hand, if you’re going for a more cozy, homey feel, lower cabinets might be a better option.

Will There Be Appliances To Consider in the Cabinet Dimensions?

Appliances will play a significant role in the dimensions. For example, if you have wall ovens, you will need to ensure that your wall cabinets are high enough to accommodate them.


Dishwashers are usually around 34 inches tall, so you will need to ensure that your base cabinets are at least that tall and that your wall cabinets are tall enough to accommodate the dishwasher’s height, plus about 18 inches for the countertop.


Refrigerators are usually about 62 to 72 inches tall, so you will need to ensure that your cabinet dimensions and countertop space add up to complement the height of your refrigerator. 

Stovetops and Ovens

Stovetops and ovens come in various sizes, so it is vital to measure the height of the appliances you will be using in your kitchen. Wall ovens will need to be accommodated by taller wall cabinets, while stovetops will need to be matched to taller base cabinets.

Plug-In Appliances

If you regularly use small appliances, such as a coffee maker or toaster, and don’t want them out on the countertops at all times, you will need to ensure that there is enough space for them in your cabinets. One size cabinet does not necessarily fit all. If you want a customized kitchen for your daily routine, you can plan out specific cabinets for your small appliances so that they’re easily accessible where you need them. 

Other Ways to Customize Your Cabinet Doors

There are many other ways to customize the cabinets of your kitchen beyond just the height. For example, you can also pick different door styles to add your personal touch. If you want something truly unique, you could even have custom doors made.

Materials and Finishes

The material and finish significantly impact the overall look and feel of your kitchen. Opt for a luxurious, high-end look for cabinets made of Italian marble or other premium materials. You can also choose from various finishes, including glossy or matte lacquer, wood stain, or even hand-painted designs. If you’d like to be able to see into your cabinet, opt for classic glass inserts. 


Of course, the color is also essential. If you want a modern look, try using bold, bright colors. For a more classic look, stick with neutrals like white or black. You can also experiment with two-tone cabinet designs, adding interest and visual appeal to your kitchen.

Handles and Pulls

Finally, don’t forget to pick the perfect handles and pulls for your drawers. This is a small detail that can make a big difference in the overall look of your kitchen.

Linea Studio offers various handles and pulls in different styles, materials, and finishes. You’re sure to find the perfect ones for your kitchen.


Linea Studio is the perfect furnishing company for your kitchen renovation. We provide only the highest-quality kitchen cabinets made from sustainable materials sources exclusively in Italy. We offer a wide variety of custom and standard cabinet styles and finishes, and our team of experts in South Florida will help you customize your cabinets for the perfect kitchen.

We also have a vast selection of handles and pulls so that you can make your kitchen cabinets your own. Call our showroom at 305-614-3811 or book an online consultation today. 

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