Here Are Our Best Ways for Measuring Cabinetry


Here Are Our Best Ways for Measuring Cabinetry

Once you know the base cabinet and upper cabinet dimensions, you may build a kitchen around them. Kitchen base cabinet dimensions will help with your map, as will the upper cabinet measurements. You must measure everything to determine how much kitchen space you have and the layout. Learn how to measure your kitchen cabinets to create the room of your dreams. 

How do you measure cabinets?

If you install new cabinetry, measuring your old cabinets will not suffice. The first step toward your dream kitchen is planning ahead and acquiring accurate measurements. If you have not done your homework, this will be a difficult task.

Write down the wall's entire length. Mark the wall lengths on the grid we provided. If possible, measure from an adjacent corner. Ignore appliances, fixtures, and windows when measuring wall-to-wall space. 

Next, measure from the wall edge to the window casing if you will be centering the sink on a window. Mark the window casings, then measure the rest of the wall. Mark other kitchen windows. Highlight appliances, islands, electrical, vents, and plumbing. 

Next, measure the distance from the floor to the ceiling in each corner and the middle of each wall. Knowing this will help you determine the right height of your wall cabinets based on countertop clearance and if the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling. Note any soffits, recessed ceilings, or other features that may affect cabinet height. 

Using design software can make the process much easier and help to better plan the design. Either way, you cannot accurately measure cabinets without first laying out your kitchen floor plan. Always measure twice for the best results.

How do you read kitchen cabinet sizes?

Keep an eye out for the sequence of the dimensions that determine cabinet size. According to industry standards, the width, height, and depth are listed in this order. Look for a cabinet size that begins with the letter "W." This size could be labeled "W2440." The cabinets will be 24 inches wide and 40 inches tall. 

If the depth is not specified in the cabinet size, assume it is 12 inches for a wall cabinet and 24 inches for a base cabinet that attaches to the floor. 

Find out whether there are any other measurements within the size that are special to your cabinets. Some cabinets, for example, have diagonal corners labeled "DCW" or "DW." You are searching for the diagonal edge dimension followed by the height in this case: DW2432. In addition, the drawer base is designated by the letter "DB," whereas the base cabinet width is designated by the letter "B," and the sink base width is designated by the letter "SB."

What are standard kitchen cabinet sizes?

Standard base cabinets are 24" deep out from the wall, 34-1/2" tall (with a 1-1/2" counter top, they are 36"), and have a 3" toe kick inset. Vanity Base cabinets are 21" deep and 30-1/2" or 34-1/2" tall, hence they are called vanities. These shallow base cabinets are ideal if you are short on room or want a smaller kitchen island. 

Upper wall cabinets: 12" deep, 30", 36", or 42" high. Some people like their upper cabinets to reach the ceiling, while others allow space or install crown molding. When choosing cabinet height, make sure there is 18" to 20" of clearance between the countertop and the bottom of the upper cabinets. 

Tall pantries are 24" deep and 84", 90", or 96" tall. Because of the volume of things they can hold and changeable shelves, these units are perfect for flexible storage. Cabinet widths range from 9" to 60" depending on their use. Accurate dimensions let you determine what will fit and where to place appliances.

How do I measure cabinet doors?

Keep a pencil and notepad nearby and measure each opening at least twice to avoid mistakes. All door openings should be measured to the nearest 1/16 inch, then jot down your measurements on paper. Make a note of your measurements in the format width x height. For example, you may write "width 14" x 30" height on a piece of paper. Make sure there is at least 5/8 inch of clearance around openings. 

How are cabinet drawers measured?

Installing drawer boxes creates more storage in your home. Correctly sizing drawer boxes is vital when replacing or installing them. Sizing a drawer box can be a nightmare if you are not careful. Here's how to measure a drawer box step-by-step. 

To start, measuring drawer boxes requires a measuring tape or ruler. Next, measure the width and height from the opening. Installing drawer boxes has two guidance options. First, each mount varies in opening size. Calculate the measurements once you have chosen the mounting guide for your drawer. For under-mount drawer guidance, remove 5/8 from the opening width. Next, subtract one from the opening's height, then round to the nearest whole inch or whole inch plus 1/4. 

For a side-mount drawer guide, subtract 1 and 1/16 from the opening width. Subtract 3/4 from the opening's height and round to the nearest whole inch or plus 1/4. Next, measure the depth from the cabinet face to the back. Note any impediments and measure to the back wall. Electrical boxes, pipes, and cords are obstructions.

Why is kitchen cabinet sizing important?

Cabinets are the base of the kitchen and need to be determined before deciding on other room elements. The measurements can determine if you need standard or custom options. As you can see, you cannot budget your kitchen remodel without cabinet measurements as they determine the other aspects of the room. 

Cabinets serve as the primary source of storage for the kitchen. The wrong size cabinets can make your kitchen less functional and reduce the benefits of the investment. Save yourself time, money, hassles, and frustration by measuring accurately or hiring someone else to get the correct sizing for a fantastic finished project. 


The most critical step in installing kitchen cabinets is measuring. Whether renovating or beginning from scratch, you must comprehend the space to avoid costly blunders. Learning the proper steps makes the process much easier, as will knowing the standard sizing. As the hub of your kitchen, the measurements of your cabinets require a thoughtful and practiced process for a successful kitchen remodel. 

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