FAQs about Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers

kitchen with nice cabinets and drawer

Kitchen cabinets are heavy hitters. They serve as storage for everything you have in the kitchen. As well as provide handy hooks and shelving for anything you want to keep out in the open. As such, you need them to be solidly built as well as professionally installed. Kitchen cabinets are not where you want to prove your DIY chops.

However, this doesn’t mean you should be totally ignorant about kitchen cabinets, or drawers for that matter. If you have kitchen remodeling in mind, you need to know as much about kitchen cabinets as if you were planning to DIY it. Kitchen cabinets take up a lot of real estate in the kitchen. So, you want to get those choices right the first time. Knowing the facts about kitchen cabinets and drawers will help you as well as your contractor achieve exactly what you want for your new kitchen.


diagram of kitchen cabinet and drawer
We mentioned that cabinets take up a lot of space in the kitchen. More important, however, is knowing the standard dimensions of both cabinets and drawers, and why they are the standard.


The depth of your cabinets (and drawers) has a lot to do with their functionality. Too shallow, and you will not be able store many basic kitchen tools and things. Too deep, and you will not be able to access the stuff at the back.
The standard depth of wall cabinets used to be 12 inches, which ensures most people are tall enough to reach to the very back. However, the average person is taller today, and kitchens have become smaller. So some cabinetmakers have started offering standard wall cabinets with a depth of 15 inches for more storage. The relative shallowness also ensures most people will not bump their heads on the corners, provided they are in conjunction with much deeper base cabinets.
Base cabinets are much deeper as it is easier for people to stoop and reach into it than go on tiptoe or use a stool as they would have for deep tall cabinets. The standard is 24 inches, which is comfortable for most people. However, you can specify deeper ones if you are using pull-outs.


Kitchen cabinets range from 12 to 36 inches in width, and you choice will depend on the size of the kitchen. The most popular one is 24 inches, with either a single front or two 12-inch doors. Some kitchen owners prefer 36-inch wide cabinets, dividing it into two 18-inch fronts. Keep in mind that your wall and base cabinets should have the same width to avoid a skewed look to your kitchen.


The height range of wall cabinets is from 30 to 42 inches. What you choose will depend on the height of the ceiling, as you obviously can’t go past it. You can choose to go considerably short of the ceiling to use the gap as open storage. So, there really is not standard in that sense.
Base cabinets, on the other hand, do need to be a certain height to be comfortable as a work top, which many of them serve as. In most kitchens, this is 34½ inches from floor to just below the countertop. Because this presumes about 1½-inch thickness for the actual counter, such as granite or engineered quartz. If you have a toe kick, you need to adjust the cabinet height to accommodate it to bring the whole thing to a height of 36 inches. For example, if your countertop is 1½ inches and toe kick is a standard 3½ inches high. Your base cabinet should be just 31 inches in height.


comparison of framed and frameless cabinet
Oftentimes, you will encounter the terms “framed” and “frameless” when shopping for RTA or stock cabinets. The big difference is in the construction of the cabinet box. A framed cabinet has a narrow strip of woof running the length and sides of the box on which you can attach the hinges of the cabinet door. Some people don’t like this because it impedes access to the interior and reduces the storage space a little. They choose a frameless cabinet instead, which does not have these narrow strips of wood. You attach the hinges to the body of the box itself.


distance between wall and base cabinets
As a rule of thumb, wall cabinets are about 18 inches above the countertops. This is high enough to work comfortably under it without making it too high for most people. You can choose to hang it higher or lower, depending on your needs. Some designers place it higher to give the kitchen a more open look. But the upper limit is about 24 inches. The one exception is for cabinets directly above the cooking area, where you need to provide ample space for a range hood.


neatly organized kitchen drawer
Drawers usually cost more than cabinets overall, but you need at least a few in most kitchens to keep your stuff organized. In most instances, you can have drawers built into all your base cabinets, save for the ones supporting a stove hob and sink. Make sure your drawers are sturdy, and slide in and out smoothly, as you will be using them all the time, and they will often need to hold quite a bit of weight.


Kitchen cabinets and drawers are essential, so you should know some basic facts about them to make informed choices. It does help if you have a reliable supplier and contractor advising you. Cabinet Land Kitchen and Beyond is just the one you need if you are in the Chicago, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Hoffman Estate, and Elk Grove Village area.

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