Cabinet Measurements Matter

Cabinet Measurements Matter

If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, one of the bigger phases of the process will be having a cabinet contractor install new cabinets. Depending on the scope of the remodel, this may require a whole new set of cabinets in new positions as the kitchen’s layout is changing, or just putting in some new cabinets in the same positions as the old ones.

However, now that new cabinets are coming in, this is a good time to plan for an important aspect of your cabinet contractor, which is the measurements.

Linear Feet

First, it’s important to understand that when cabinet contractors go to work and start determining just how to fit cabinetry into a kitchen space, they work with units described as linear feet. This is the opposite of cubic feet that are used to measure the total available space on a property. Linear feet are strictly a “left-to-right” measurement for estimating how much cabinetry will be needed.

So if you have floor-level cabinets that will take up 15 feet of space but upper cabinets that only require 10 feet, you would hypothetically need 25 linear feet worth of cabinets.


The other important factor is the actual dimensions of the cabinets, which will vary depending on your personal preferences and the design needs of the kitchen. The height and width of cabinets are important, but depth is another big factor that must be carefully considered.

How much you are willing to store in the rear of a cabinet versus being able to comfortably retrieve things when you need them again is something homeowners often miscalculate. Think about how the kitchen will be used, what ingredients and appliances will be frequently used, and plan the layout and the cabinet dimensions and placement according to these needs.

Working with a cabinet contractor will help narrow down the design and installation options to give you a kitchen that suits your personal needs.