For some people, upper kitchen cabinets mounted at standard height can be difficult to reach without the use of a stepstool. Others find them annoying if the cabinet doors open to chest height. In today’s post, the kitchen renovation contractors at Envy Home Services discuss the right height that kitchen cabinets should be mounted.
What Is the Standard Height for Upper Kitchen Cabinets?
There are no building codes that establish a standard height for upper kitchen cabinets. However, the prevailing “standard” among kitchen remodelers is 54 inches from the floor to the bottom edge of the cabinet. The 18-inch clearance that spans the top of the base cabinets and the bottom of the upper cabinets are considered optimal working space and shouldn’t be blocked.
This height is optimal for a person that’s 5 feet 8 inches tall — that is, national average height. Assuming that the kitchen cabinet is built with a depth of 12 inches, the said person should be able to reach all the way to the back of the cabinet with minimal effort.
Varying the Upper Cabinet Height
Don’t be surprised if your kitchen contractors ask you for your height when designing your kitchen cabinets. The upper kitchen cabinets don’t always have to be installed at “standard” height. If your family’s average height is shorter than five and a half feet, you probably won’t want to be using footstools every time you need to get something from the upper cabinets.
Calculating the new upper cabinet height is fairly simple — take the difference between your height and the average (5 feet 8 inches) then subtract it from 54 inches. For example, if your height is 5 feet 4 inches, then your upper kitchen cabinets should be about 50 inches from the ground.
If you or a family member has accessibility limitations, talk to your remodeler about building base and upper kitchen cabinets that are optimized for accessibility. Some base cabinets can be built as low as 34 inches tall, with correspondingly lower upper cabinets.
Envy Home Services is one of the leading kitchen remodeling companies serving communities in Northern Illinois. Give us a call at our toll-free number (888) 864-0433 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.