Standard Dimensions for Cabinets and Furniture

By: Ben Erickson

Dining room with hanging chandelier.

Dimensions for cabinets and furniture have been standardized over the years to fit the average size person. While you can customize furnishing to fit your own personal needs, here’s a list of commonly used dimensions to help you when planning your next project.

Kitchen Cabinets

  • Countertop: 25” deep x 36” high
  • Base cabinet: 24” deep x 34½” high
  • Base cabinet kick space: 3” deep x 4” high
  • Drawers: 4” high and up
  • Hanging cabinet: 12” deep x 30”- 42” high
  • Space between countertop and hanging cabinet: 18” high
  • Space between range top and hanging cabinet: 24” high
  • Distance between island and cabinets: 42” wide
  • Distance between island for walkway: 36” wide

Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Vanity

  • Sink: 30” – 36” high
  • Vanity: 21”- 24” deep

Today’s Addition Project Completed

Furniture

  • Chair seat: 16”-18” high by 15″-18″ deep, armrest 7″-9″ above seat
  • Coffee table: 18”- 28” wide x 16”-19” high
  • Desk: 24-30” wide x 28”- 30” high
  • Desk knee hole: 26”- 28” wide
  • Dining table: 36”- 42” wide x 29”- 32” high

Chandelier Size

There are several methods of determining the proper size for a chandelier:

  • Room Size: The length and width of the room added together in feet should equal the diameter of the chandelier in inches. Example: a 12′ by 12′ room should have a 24″ diameter chandelier (12 + 12 = 24″).
  • Table Size: In a dining room, the diameter of a chandelier should be at least half the width of the table. Example: a 42″ wide table should have a 21″ minimum diameter chandelier (42″ ÷ 2 = 21″). Another method is to make the diameter of the chandelier no larger than the width of the table minus 12″. Example: a 42″ wide table should have a maximum 30″ diameter chandelier (42″ – 12″ = 30″).

Chandelier Height

The height of the chandelier is based on the ceiling height and location:

  • In Entry Hall: The lowest point of a chandelier should be a minimum of 6½’ from the floor. If possible, or with higher ceilings, hang it 7′ from the floor.
  • Over Dining Table: The bottom of a chandelier should be at least 30″ above the dining table (59″-62″ from floor). For ceilings higher than 8′, add 3″ for each additional foot of ceiling height. Example: With a 10′ ceiling, the bottom of the chandelier should be approximately 36″ above the top of the table.

Mattress Sizes

  • Single (twin): 75” long x 39” wide
  • Single (twin) extra long: 80” long x 39” wide
  • Double (full): 75” long x 54” wide
  • Queen: 80” long x 60” wide
  • King: 80” long x 76” wide
  • California King: 84” long x 72” wide
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  • Denise Says:
    January 19th, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I need to know what size shelving units will fit on a
    15 ft x 7 inch wall
    12 ft x 8 inch wall



  • Esmatullah Rohani Says:
    December 7th, 2015 at 5:27 am

    i need standard Dimension for the window in between the kitchen and dinning where people get the meal from this window


  • Official Comment:


    Ben Erickson Says:
    December 30th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Chuma,
    The height and depth of hanging kitchen cabinets is in the article above. The width will vary depending on how big the kitchen is.



  • chuma Says:
    December 29th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Hi!! What is the standard size of hanging kitchen cabinet width and height?



  • Rajesh Mistry Says:
    November 16th, 2014 at 6:55 am

    thank you… for giving a good measure..


  • Official Comment:


    Ben Erickson Says:
    October 21st, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Johnson,
    Glad to hear our article was of help, thanks for the positive feedback!



  • johnson Says:
    October 21st, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    i hav been lookin for standard dimension of many thng over 2 yrs & fortunately i got ths web site jst 2 say thnks proceed doin ths & nw am very happy



  • Sagar Das Says:
    September 1st, 2014 at 1:39 am

    It’s really helpful and i got it.Thank you………..



  • Luke Murguly Says:
    October 17th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I have been looking all over for dims here and there on the internet, thanks for putting it all together, big help. Cheers


  • Official Comment:


    Ben Erickson Says:
    July 7th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Hi Von,
    These measurements are for cabinets and furniture in the U.S. I’m not sure what the standards are in other countries, but since most are based on what is comfortable, I would assume they’re similar.



  • von egaña Says:
    July 6th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    hi Ben,
    i got the dimensions you posted.they’re really helpful.i just wanted to ask if the measurement you have(which is in inches)would still be standard if converted to meters?or there are some differences?a million thanks.



  • von egaña Says:
    July 6th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    thanks for the infos.they really help a lot.



  • Carol Parrish Says:
    January 4th, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I need to know what are the standard dimensions of a sofa or couch.



  • Walter Hidalgo Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you, for the straight forward and practical dimensions!



  • Beverly Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Im replacing my base cabinets,and everyone is telling me to get the 60in sink base but the cabinets measurements dont equal up to that its more.Do i get the 36 in sink base plus 2 extra base cabinets to put on each side? Or once the fill strip are put in all of it equals out. Thank you



  • max Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 11:45 am

    i need to fix a cabinet( same size as top kitchen cabinet) above sofa what is the right height



  • Noonz Says:
    January 1st, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Ben,

    Do you know where I can find all possible dimensions for all furniture types but in METERS? I have a test in a few days and I cant find except in inches and not all furniture either. I’m looking for DOORS, CARPETS, BED FRAMES, WALL CLADDING BORDER SIZES, ALCOVE DIMENSIONS, OPEN SHELVES THICKNESS AND HEIGHTS, DRAWERS ALL TYPES INCLUDING DISTANCES BETWEEN EACH DRAWER EDGE, Basically im looking into all dimensional details for my AutoCAD test

    Hope you can help



  • chuck beaty Says:
    December 26th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I have a very tall (36″) dining table. The ceiling in the dining room is 13 feet, so the table more or less looks okay, but I will have to find chairs (or have them custom made). Do you know how high the seats should be and how high above the table top would look best for the chair backs? I thought about fancy bar stools, but I haven’t yet found any that I like.


  • Official Comment:


    Ben Erickson Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Jackie,
    Whether a gas or electric is less expensive to operate a water heater or heating will vary depending on the prices of utilities in your area, but generally gas is cheaper for heating hot water and your home than electricity, particularly in colder climates. Air based electric heat pumps work well if the climate isn’t too cold, but become inefficient under 35 degrees F. Geothermal heat pump are very efficient no matter where you live, but are expensive to install. You can find a calculator that allows you to compare the cost of operating gas and electric water heaters, based on the utility costs in your area, in our article Choosing a Hot Water Heater. For more on how to most efficiently heat your home, check out our article on What’s the Best Way to Heat and Cool a Home Efficiently.



  • Jackie Says:
    December 22nd, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    This site gave me the measurements I needed. Thanks! I have a different question re: remodeling. How difficult is it to change from electric water heater to gas, eco-friendly, heatupon need water heater system? How difficult is it to change from an electric heat pump heat and a/c to gas heat and keep the elec heat pump? Is there a cost benefit? I’ve been heating an 1144 sq ft home for 4 yrs with rollaway radiators that run on elec since the heat pump and backup elec heat unit failed, and saved money over the heating bill with the heat pump. Does gas heat save money over elec rollaway radiators? I live in Louisiana.

    Jackie


  • Official Comment:


    Ben Erickson Says:
    October 16th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Beverly,
    On hanging kitchen cabinets, the depth is usually around 11 1/4″ on the inside (plates are around 10 1/2″ to 11″ in diameter), with a total outside depth of around 12″ when you add in the back (1/4″ plywood) and face frame (3/4″ solid wood).



  • beverly Says:
    October 15th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I need to know what the “standard” depth of an upper cabinet is outside and inside. It seems that plate sizes vary.



  • Deepak chander Says:
    August 11th, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Hai, i’m deepak a student of architect, i want to standards dimensions of furniture which is use in bed room, kitchen, living room etc.

    I hop you give me a detail about this.

    thank you



  • karen Says:
    August 9th, 2010 at 2:35 am

    can u put an isometric layout of a kithchen? with sink refrigerator, cabinet and range?? also with its dimension.. thanks


  • Official Comment:


    Ben Erickson Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Hi Lily,
    The horizontal distance between the full hanging cabinets over a sink is usually about the width of the sink or wider. For a standard 33″ wide double sink, the hanging cabinet is usually 32″.



  • lily Says:
    September 16th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    what is the standard distance between upper cabinets that flank the kitchen sink, like when you have no window and a high cabinet above the sink?


  • Official Comment:


    Ben Erickson Says:
    August 14th, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for your question. Armrests are typically 7″-9″ above the seat height. I’ve added it to the above article.



  • Sarah Parry Says:
    August 14th, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Can you please advise what height above a seat is standard for the armrest? I am building a couch that has the standard seat height, is flat and level but has a slightly slope fro the armrest to the top of it and I’m having trouble finding the normal armrest height

    Thank you



  • Idalia Says:
    June 13th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I need to know the standard dimensions of funiture in general for interior designing??



  • Kanchan A. Fotani Says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 3:07 am

    i want to know about the standard dimensions of furniture for institution of fashion & interior designing.



  • sharon foster Says:
    January 26th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I SEARCH THE WEB FOR THESE DIMENSIONS,I FOUND COUNTLESS OF FURNITURE DISPLAYS-SALES ADS; BUT I FOUND YOU!!! THANK YOU.



  • mohamed kamel Says:
    January 18th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    i need to know the standard dimensions of sofas , side tables , dinning tables , dinning chair , high chairs.


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