When choosing the height of your kitchen cabinets, there are many different factors to consider, the right solution depends on the style, needs, and overall layout of your family’s home.


Standard Height for Kitchen Cabinets


There is no real standard when it comes to cabinet heights, it really comes down to the overall styling of the space and the needs of the family that lives there.

The standard used to be 18” off of the countertop, however, with the change in the times and new trends emerging, it has become more popular to add a bit more breathing room to the kitchen by raising the height of the cabinets.  In modern kitchens, hanging the cabinets 20” or more is becoming the standard across the board.


Considering Raising Kitchen Cabinets


While 18” is considered the bare minimum of space between the bottom of the cabinet and the countertop and still be able to fit small appliances underneath, you don’t need to feel obligated to follow this “standard”.  There are many different circumstances where raising your kitchen cabinets can result in a beautiful outcome that gives you the kitchen of your dreams.  Let’s consider a few reasons why you’ll want to raise the height of your kitchen cabinets:


Tall Family

The kitchen needs to be functional, which can be a challenge when you or your family are taller than the average person.  Line of sight can be affected by standard height cabinets, raising the cabinets will make kitchen use more convenient.


Kitchen Features Are on the Larger Side

When you have large kitchen features such as a tall faucet, oversized kitchen sink, tall cabinet pantry cabinets, raising the cabinets up to 30” off of the countertop will offer a more balanced aesthetic and provide you with extra room in order to maneuver within the space.



Making a Bold Statement

Are leaning toward a modern back splash or bold colours for your cabinets?  Raising up your overhead cabinets will be the best way to support your statement.  This will allow for an unobstructed view of your custom back splash while also adding an open feel to the space that balances an untraditional colour scheme.


Getting Creative with Storage

Good storage is an important factor on any kitchen.  Upper cabinets are meant to create this much needed storage, however, there are times that when you want to use untraditional methods to display some of your beautiful kitchen items.  By raising the cabinets, you can create wall space that is perfect for unique shelving and hanging storage for pots, pans, and kitchen gadgets.

When thinking about aesthetics keep this in mind, oversized cabinets take up more room and benefit from higher installation, while standard or small size cabinets will look better installed at standard a height.  A comprehensive cabinet size guide can be a great starting point in helping you narrow down the right cabinet size for your space.

It pays to think outside the box when it comes to the layout and height of your kitchen cabinets.  At Hardwood Creations we help our clients with making such decisions, we’ll guide you through the process and show you what options are available for you.  We strive to provide what will fit best for your personal style and preference.






Works Cited

SALADINO, A. (2018, May 24). KITCHEN CABINET HEIGHT GUIDE: HOW HIGH SHOULD THEY BE? Retrieved from Kitchen Cabinet Kings: https://kitchencabinetkings.com/blog/kitchen-cabinet-height-guide/