Kitchen Cabinetry Clearances

Kitchen cabinetry must maintain clearances between counters and cabinets to simultaneously accommodate the human body and the use of cabinets and drawers. A total clearance of 60”-66” | 152-168 cm can comfortably provide adequate space for both a circulation zone and workzone for using cabinetry, while 48” | 122 cm is recommended for a minimum clearance without a full circulation zone. Separately, cabinetry workzones require a minimum of 36” | 91 cm and circulation zones require between 24”-30” | 61-76 cm. Kitchen countertops and cabinets are typically sized at 24” | 61 cm wide.

Dimensioned plan drawings of clearances between sets of kitchen cabinetry noting circulation and work zones

Kitchen cabinetry must maintain clearances between counters and cabinets to simultaneously accommodate the human body and the use of cabinets and drawers. A total clearance of 60”-66” | 152-168 cm can comfortably provide adequate space for both a circulation zone and workzone for using cabinetry, while 48” | 122 cm is recommended for a minimum clearance without a full circulation zone. Separately, cabinetry workzones require a minimum of 36” | 91 cm and circulation zones require between 24”-30” | 61-76 cm. Kitchen countertops and cabinets are typically sized at 24” | 61 cm wide.

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Total Clearance: 60”-66” | 152-168 cm
Workzone & Circulation (Minimum): 48” | 122 cm
Workzone (Minimum): 36” | 91 cm
Circulation Zone: 24”-30” | 61-76 cm
Counter Width: 24” | 61 cm

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Kitchen Cabinetry clearance plans, clearance plans (people)

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