Ever wonder what standards there are for a either a new kitchen or a kitchen renovation.
Well, I’m here to help!
These industry standards will help you work out your plan properly so you don’t run into any unexpected surprises.
Standard oven width – 30 inches
Standard dishwasher width – 24 inches
Standard fridge width – 36 inches. Keep in mind that you should choose and order your appliances before building a new or renovating a kitchen, the cabinetry and countertops will be built around them for the most custom look.
Standard upper cabinet depth – 12 inches
Standard base cabinet depth – 24.5 inches
Standard counter height – 36 inches
Standard counter depth – 25.50 inches
Standard distance between bottom of cabinet and your countertops – 18 inches. If you are installing under cabinet lighting, a must in my books, then you’ll have to give some consideration to the extra space needed for them and valances. Also, if there is a special appliance(s) you would like to store on your countertop, be sure that the 18 inches will accommodate it.
Minimum distance between two working areas – 39 inches. 48 inches would be ideal but you can get by on the minimum of 39 inches.
Minimum island overhang – 12 inches with no brackets for support (depending on the counter material) or 15-18 inches with supports.
Minimum counter space on either side of the stove – 18 inches. A stove should never be placed right beside a wall, as this could be a fire hazard.
STOOLS AND LIGHTING
Bar stool height – 30 inches
Counter stool height – 24 inches
Height for hanging light fixture over a table or island – Standard is 30-36″ from the top of the dining table, however this can and should be adjusted for individuals using the space and for sight lines. I usually prefer to hang the light lower if it is a statement piece and if the table is large enough to accommodate it. For an island fixture – standard is 60-66″ from the floor, but again this can and should be adjusted for sight lines and for tall individuals.
HAPPY KITCHEN PLANNING!