Small Kitchen Cabinets

Learn about the options for small kitchen cabinets to see how you can accommodate even the smallest kitchens with much needed storage and great design.
Contemporary Kitchen With Green Bar Stools

Contemporary Kitchen With Green Bar Stools

By: Amy McEvoy
Similar Topics:

Kitchen cabinets take up a huge amount of real estate in your kitchen, so it goes without saying that if the blueprint of your kitchen is small, then small kitchen cabinets will be needed.

10 Ideas for Decorating Above Kitchen Cabinets

See All Photos

Country Charm

Photo By: Jane Ellison

Visibly Organized

Photo By: A Beautiful Mess

Letter Perfect

Homemade Storage

Photo By: A Diamond in the Stuff

Within Arm's Reach

Photo By: Photo_HamsterMan

Colorful Collection

Photo By: Izumi Tanaka ©Izumi Tanaka

Safe and Sound

Chalk It Up

Photo By: A Time for Everything

Green Thumb

Well-Lit Display

From: Rodney Tassistro

In general, base kitchen cabinets are 24 inches deep and 36 inches high. They sit directly on the floor or rest upon a four-inch toe kick riser. Their width can vary depending on what's sitting on top of them, including sinks, cooktops or countertops. Wall cabinets are usually 24 inches high and 12 to 16 inches deep. The standard width for two-door wall cabinets is 30 to 36 inches.

If the area you're working with might not accommodate cabinets in standard sizes, an option is to have custom cabinets built in your kitchen to provide you with the storage you need in your tight space. Custom cabinets are individually crafted according to the homeowner's specific design requests. They are typically built by local cabinetmakers or carpenters hired by the homeowner. The labor costs of custom cabinetry are significant, as nothing is pre-built and every cabinet part must be built from scratch, assembled and then installed. This laborious process takes time and in turn costs money.

From a design standpoint, small kitchen cabinets can be made to look larger using several design tips. First, try painting small cabinets white. White rooms appear bigger, and if you paint your small kitchen cabinets white or another light-reflective color, the space will appear bigger. Small kitchen cabinets can also be left open without doors—or given glass-paneled doors to make them (and your overall space) appear bigger.

Homeowners with large kitchens also may seek out some small cabinets to fill in spaces around appliances or to provide unique storage such as spice cabinets or wine cabinets.

Whether your kitchen requires small cabinetry to fit into a small space or you are looking for specific cabinets to provide storage for certain kitchen items, cabinets can be custom made smaller than standard sizes in any design to provide functional storage in a style that reflects your taste and personality.

Hidden Storage in a Small Kitchen

Next Up

Small Kitchen Cabinets

Get essential info on small kitchen cabinets, and maximize the efficiency of your kitchen space.

Kitchen Cabinet Components

Get the information you need on the different components and accessories available for custom kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Components and Accessories

Gather all the info you need for kitchen cabinet hardware ideas and get inspiration from great pictures.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Accessories and Components

Dive into the range of available kitchen cabinet door accessories and components, and create a kitchen with style to spare.

Distressed and Antiqued Kitchen Cabinets

Add cottage-style charm to white painted cabinets by distressing then applying antiquing glaze. This quick and easy project will give builder basic cabinets a custom look in no time.

Recycled Kitchen Cabinets

Get information on recycled kitchen cabinets, an environmentally and budget-friendly way to redesign your kitchen.

Update Kitchen Cabinets With Glass Inserts

With these easy, step-by-step instructions, anyone can quickly and inexpensively transform builder-grade cabinet doors into beautiful, custom-looking glass insert doors.

How to Build a Hidden Trash Can Cabinet

Hide the unsightly trash bin with a stylish, seamless cabinet.

Small Kitchen Island Inspiration

Use small kitchen island inspiration and ideas to integrate a stylish feature, whether stationary or mobile, into your tight quarters. It will allow you to maximize space for cooking prep, dining and even storage.

Countertops for Small Kitchens

Transform your small kitchen by expanding the countertops, and learn how to select countertop surfaces, like tile and stone, that are durable, easy to clean and will complement your small kitchen style.

Catch Up With Our Blogs

We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, DIY projects, clever entertaining tips & more.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.