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“Both large and small kitchens should have a countertop depth of at least sixteen inches.” Kitchen Sizing

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Have you ever wondered what the most common measurements for kitchen design are? Below you’ll find a glossary of terms and their most common measurements when it comes to kitchen design.

Base Cabinets (Small Kitchen):
Small kitchens can support 156 inches of front-facing cabinets. Cabinets should be at least twenty-one inches deep.

Base Cabinets (Large Kitchen):
Small kitchens can support 192 inches of front-facing cabinets. Cabinets should be at least twenty-one inches deep.

Countertop Depth:
Both large and small kitchens should have a countertop depth of at least sixteen inches.

Countertop Height:
Countertops should be installed at two different heights within the kitchen. One of these countertops should fall within the range of 26 to 36 inches and the other should fall in the range of 36 to 45 inches.

Countertop Length (Small Kitchen):
There should be at least 132 inches of usable countertop space in a small kitchen. There should be at least 24 inches of countertop to at least one side of the sink.

Countertop Length (Large Kitchen):
There should be at least 198 inches of usable countertop space in a large kitchen. There should be at least 24 inches of countertop to at least one side of the sink.

Doorway:
The minimum width for a doorway is 32 inches. The maximum depth for a doorway should be 24 inches.

Drawers:
Drawers must be at least fifteen inches wide and at least twenty-one inches deep.

Seating Area:
If it is not important that foot traffic be able to pass behind the seated area, leave at least 36 inches between any seating areas and countertops or walls. If it is necessary to have foot traffic be able to pass behind the seating area, observe a space of at least 65 inches.

Walkway:
Walkways are spaces between large items. They are typically 36 inches wide.

Wall Cabinets (Small Kitchen):
Small kitchens can support 144 inches of front-facing cabinets. Cabinets should be at least twelve inches deep and should be at least thirty inches tall.

Wall Cabinets (Large Kitchen):
Large kitchens can typically support at least 186 inches of wall cabinets. Like in small kitchens, cabinets should be at least twelve inches deep and should be at least thirty inches tall.

Work Triangle:
The “work triangle” is the path a cook usually takes while working. It is the paths between the sink, the stove, and the the refrigerator. This entire triangle should be no more than 26 feet, with no leg of the triangle longer than nine feet or shorter than four feet. Don’t place any major walkways through the work triangle.

Tip: If it’s common for two people to be cooking in the kitchen at the same time, it’s a good idea to measure out a full work triangle for each cook. These triangles should be situated so that the cooks do not need to cross one another’s paths, which could lead to collision during a busy cooking time.

 
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