Any drawings you make of your kitchen should include all of the major appliances, as well as space allowances for the safe and comfortable use of each unit. If you’re buying a new appliance and don’t know its size, you can use the standard dimensions given in Table 1. Keep in mind that most appliances come in many different sizes, so you’re not necessarily limited to the dimensions shown. When placing the appliances in your kitchen layout, be sure to leave an access space of at least 30 to 48 in. in front of each appliance. Also, position each appliance so that its doors open away from traffic areas and from other appliances. The Comments column in Table 1 contains additional recommendations for the placement of each appliance.
As with countertop space, most people would like to have unlimited room for their cabinets. But kitchens have limited space, and working the cabinets into your kitchen layout can be tricky To get an idea of how much cabinet space to include, refer to Table 3 on this page for minimums. When calculating cabinet spaces, remember to exclude any unusable corner space. The sizes of base and wall cabinets are fairly uniform among manufacturers, and unless you have your cabinets custom-built, they’ll probably follow the standards shown. (lf you’ve already selected new cabinets, refer to the product literature for the actual dimensions.) Figure 1 shows some general measurements to use when drawing or selecting a standard base and wall cabinets.