Years ago, when we were designing the Fullmer’s kitchen and set out to make decisions on all of the spacing and measurements, we put together The Ultimate Kitchen Space Planning Cheat Sheet. This was based on our old kitchen, which we DIY’d, and I highly recommend you reference it if you’re designing or DIYing your kitchen. We fully relied on Stoffer Home’s expertise when it came to maximizing the function and design of this kitchen, and thank goodness because it’s our dream kitchen, but we get questions about our measurements all the time! And so, I took out my handy tape measure and grabbed all the significant kitchen measurements and dimensions for you. Although this won’t be transferable from home to home, hopefully, this will give you an idea of the scale and spacing of our 12-foot kitchen.
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Since we have a galley kitchen, many followers are concerned about the spacing between the long island and the cabinets. There are nearly 4 feet of walking space on either side, which feels like plenty, even on the side with the gliding ladder. The island is wide enough to have kids sitting up on the stools while being able to cook, prep, and wash dishes on the other side without getting in the way! As for the pendants, we love the task lighting but never feel blinded by the light because it’s far above eye level.
Standard countertop height is 36-in, and since Chris and I are 6 feet and above, we added an inch and a half, so we never find ourselves hunching down to cook or wash up dinner. The island is a whopping 17.5 feet long, satisfying our every hosting need, and the stools have plenty of distance between them.
The significant dimensions of this shelf are the height of the top ladder rail and the height of the sconce. Climbing up on the ladder is always fun, but you’re never actually that far from the ground, so it’s super safe. The sconces are at a comfortable eye level, which is what I typically recommend for sconces. Oh, and the shelves are adjustable, so their height can vary!
This little corner is one of my favorites. A lot of what we keep on these shelves is decorative, so we’re not having to reach up to that top shelf much, but when we do, we grab our handy-dandy desk chair that converts into a step-ladder! We photograph a lot of Chris Cooks recipes on that countertop, so it’s nice that we have a good distance between it and the bottom shelf.
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I think we get the most questions about our pantry dimensions because it doesn’t constitute as a butler’s pantry, but it’s no small closet. The total depth from the pantry doors to the backsplash is nearly 3 feet, and the countertops themselves are a more shallow 13-in. We’re never prepping food in here, but you could definitely throw together a PB&J or something simple.
And, of course, our beloved viral drink station and hidden appliance garage. The countertops are deeeeep, but when the appliance garage is pulled down they look like standard depth. The depth of the garage itself is only 12-in, but we wouldn’t need it to be anymore because it’s only storing appliances! We also didn’t want anything to be too out of reach.
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And there you have it! The most important kitchen dimensions, which I hope you find to be helpful with your own kitchen renovation.
This is super helpful – thank you for taking the time to measure and share! Love the beautiful custom cabinetry and design Stoffer brought you – could you please share what a ballpark cost for custom cabinets like these would cost? I’m having a hard time deciding on custom vs semi-custom vs pre-built – the cost differences (and quality) are huge!
How wide is this space? I’ve scoured all of the posts about it and can’t find it. I have a 4 foot space in my kitchen where I would love to do something similar but don’t want it to feel crowded.
Hi. So helpful! Just wondering what the dimensions are for the bottom of the alcove to the top of the range is
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