Kitchen furniture manufacturers use the standardized size for kitchen furniture, which simplifies the design of kitchens for homes and apartments. Architects and builders can use the standards to make the most efficient use of the space dedicated to the kitchen. Cabinet regulations help reduce the cost of kitchen design or replacement of used kitchen cabinets. As a general rule, mass-produced cabinets are less expensive than custom cabinets.
The typical lower or base cabinet is 34.5 inches high and 24 inches deep. The top cabinets are 30 inches to 42 inches high, except on the stove and refrigerator. The standard depth for top cabinets is 12 inches. The width of kitchen furniture starts at 9 inches and widens in 3-inch increments. The maximum width of the standard kitchen cabinets is 48 inches. Countertops bring the total height of the lower cupboards to 36 inches.
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While the height, depth and width follow the rules, the characteristics inside the cabinets vary a little. Some cabinets have fixed shelves, while others have adjustable shelves. Some cabinets have built-in rotating trays that provides easy access to the entire interior of the cabinet. Some cabinets have the same size shelves inside them, while others divide the cabinet in half and the top shelf is narrower than the bottom, providing space below for tall objects, such as cereal boxes.
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