The recognized standard height for upper kitchen cabinets has been 18 inches above the countertop. This continues to be a common height used when installing kitchen cabinets. However, this standard is not used in every case. In some cases, a higher height is used, such as 20 inches, to provide extra room for various reasons. If the height used is less than 18 inches, however, the space provided between the countertop and cabinets may look and feel cramped. At Granite Unlimited, Inc., we are your source for exceptional quality stone countertops that are ideal for enhancing the various spaces in your home, including the kitchen.
As mentioned, 18 inches is the common minimum height used. When considering heights greater than 18 inches, it is important to understand the tradeoff involved. More height gives you less cabinet storage space at a height that is easy to reach for someone of average height, but more open space below the cabinets, which may be desirable for various reasons.
What matters is finding the proper balance based on the situation in your kitchen and your personal preferences.
Should I Raise My Cabinets Higher Than 18” Above the Countertop?
Some of the reasons to raise the upper cabinets above the 18” standard include:
- The presence of a big sink or tall faucet
- Those who will cook or work in the kitchen are tall
- The presence of dark cabinets
- When you want to emphasize the kitchen backsplash
- When you already have pantry wall in close proximity
- When your kitchen is the “closed-in” type
- When your kitchen cabinets are above a kitchen island
- When you want to hang storage on the wall beneath the cabinets
- The presence of a mirrored backsplash
- When you want to conceal a hood fan
- When the finish of your cabinet serves as a bold kitchen accent
All of the above reasons for increasing the height from the countertop to the cabinets beyond 18 inches may be considered for the benefits they provide in terms of appearance, space, and convenience.