Kitchen renovations typically center around one main focal point: your cabinets. While the design mainly focuses on the material, style, and color, an often overlooked but crucial factor is the functionality, which largely relies on your kitchen cabinet height.


Well, how high should they be? Laying out what cabinet heights you'll need and where modifications can be made in this guide will make your kitchen renovation a smoother process.


Base Cabinets: Standards and Variations


Your base cabinets will serve as the foundation for the rest of your cabinets. These are the cabinets that rest on the floor, slightly raised above the ground to accommodate the toe-kick to make working on your countertop easier and more comfortable. Base cabinet height will vary the least when it comes to the different cabinets as these are typically manufactured at 34.5-inches tall, but it can range up to 36-inches.


Pantry Cabinets: The Perfect Filler Cabinet

These cabinets are becoming more popular and feature floor to ceiling heights. Pantry Cabinets are great for narrow spaces as they take advantage of the size and depth of the area they're installed. You'll find pantry cabinets to range in height from 84- to 94-inches tall. You'll want to refer to the ceiling's height or where the wall shelves are placed to create a clean line across the top of all the cabinets. 



Wall Cabinets: Modifications to be Aware of

Wall cabinet heights tend to vary the most as they fill in the wall space above your counters, and the height can change the design and feel of your kitchen. These rely on your counter height; standard practice for installing wall cabinets is…

  • 18-inches above countertops

  • 54-inches above the floor

  • 24-inches above your stove


After you find where the bottom of the cabinets will begin, this is where you have more leeway. If you are opting to have your cabinets extend to the ceiling, you can have custom cabinets made, or you can opt for standard height cabinets(12, 36, and 42 inches) and use soffits to enclose the distance remaining. When you opt to have your cabinets stop before reaching the ceiling, you'll want to take into account any molding you may have, as well as where the cabinets will be located in the kitchen. For any above the refrigerator, a 12-inch or 15-inch tall cabinet fits neatly. 


While cabinet heights can vary to a degree, these standardized heights and references can make remodeling easier. Happy with the height but want a change of style? You don’t have to replace your cabinets! Contact us for more information on refacing your existing cabinets for a whole new look.


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