When you are trying to figure out how your kitchen will be designed, kitchen cabinet space should be a priority. You will have to take into consideration the overall ergonomics and functionality of your kitchen. After determining where key plumbing fixtures and contraptions will be installed and you know precisely the amount of space you have, only then can you decide which cabinets will hold your dinnerware and which will hold your can goods. There's no getting around it, when it comes to configuring your kitchen design, ensuring that there will be enough cabinet space is a must.
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Experts say, “you can never have too much kitchen cabinet space.” However, much will depend upon the size of your kitchen. There are mathematical solutions that determine how much cabinet space is adequate for a household. For example, a two person household should have at least 2.7 meters of base cabinets, and roughly 2.4 meters of overhead cabinets. A household with three or more people should have 2.7 meters of base kitchen cabinet storage and about 3.3 meters of wall cabinets.

All of the calculation mumbo-jumbo may confound you when it comes to determining how much kitchen cabinet space you need. Yet, starting around 1929, the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company launched a five-year study to examine this very inquiry.

Following three years of research of design dynamics in 1934, a study was released. This study established the “kitchen cabinet standard of substantiated value.” It is founded primarily on the invariable component in a home, which is the quantity of bedrooms. Basically, the quantity of bedrooms determines the average tenancy of people in a household.  For example, the average tenancy of a home is determine by one person per bedroom, except for the master bedroom, which includes two people. Consequently, the normal tenancy for a home is one additional person than the number of bedrooms in that home.    

For each individual, 0.5 centimeters (or six sq feet) of wall cabinet space is needed. The measure of base kitchen cabinet storage space is determined by the concept that base cabinets should be installed right under wall cabinets, excluding space filled by key appliances. These components determine the storage space required for a residence. So how many kitchen cabinets do you actually need to have a perfectly functioning kitchen?

(referenced from retrorenovation.com)


Kitchen cabinet designs are separated into two fundamental styles. If you are considering ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets the widths will tally in roughly 7.6 centimeters from 22 centimeters up to 91 centimeters. The average height of a base cabinet is 87.6 centimeters, and the average depth is 60.9 centimeters.

Wall cabinets are 30.4 centimeters deep, excluding custom-made cabinets created to be placed above the refrigerator, and can be ordered in identical 7.6 centimeter additions. Average heights are 30.4, 38.1, 45.7, 76.2, 91.4 centimeters. Wall kitchen cabinets are installed with the base of the cabinet 137.1 centimeters above the floor and roughly 45.7 centimeters over the counter-top.

The stature of your kitchen cabinets will be determined by your height and the height of your ceiling. It would be unwise to install kitchen cabinets that you can't even reach! Keep in mind that most kitchens amass additional utensils like large pots and pans. Whenever doable, adapt by incorporating a deep-drawer to keep these types of utensils close to the stove. This arrangement will be more comfortable when hauling heavy cookery. A drawer, unlike a cupboard, will not force you to twist yourself into uncomfortable positions and risk an injury when you're lifting bulky cookware.