Dimensions of the facades of the kitchen: tips for self-design

  • Standard or non-standard?
  • A little "furniture" mathematics - we do the calculations correctly

To independently design a suite, it is extremely important to correctly calculate the dimensions of kitchen facades, because they largely depend on the configuration, the final price, the appearance and the correct opening and closing cabinets.

Standard or non-standard?

So, if you are at the planning stage of the future kitchen, then, most likely, you already know what you have to buy ready fronts from any manufacturer, which will offer you products of non-standard and standard dimensions. Before we start calculating and designing, let's see what the difference is between these categories.

  • Fronts of non-standard sizes, that is, according to your calculations -This option allows you to make the most efficient use of available space, optimize the filling of the kitchen set and realize non-standard solutions, but overpayment for "non-standard" will be 25-30%, which is palpable, especially if you order facades with expensive facing. Of course, there are also limitations - one finished facade should not exceed 2520 * 920 mm and be less than 110 * 596 mm. Also keep in mind that "non-standard" fronts are manufactured longer for 3-5 days.
  • Fronts of standard sizes -they are preferable to use because of, first, the lack of extra charge, and secondly, due to the fact that designing the cabinet and picking up the components will be somewhat easier. In addition, in recent years, manufacturers, following the demand of buyers, have begun to produce standard facades for kitchens with low or very high ceilings, so that, more often than not, you can go "the standard way in nothing losing.

Conclusion:it turns out that it is more profitable and easier to make a project, adjusting to the standard sizes of fronts as much as possible, but if necessary, ordering the production of products of non-standard width / height.

  • Why are "non-standards" more expensive than "standards"? The fact is that the production of standard fronts is essentially a template and does not require reconfigurations of equipment, accordingly labor and time for their production is required less.

Below in the table are the sizes of blind doors, shop windows and facades for drawers.


Standard facade dimensions for kitchen

Doors, deaf Showcases Boxes and cases
Height Width Height Width Height Width
396 496 496 496 140 296
396 596 596 596 140 346
570 296 570 296 140 396
570 346 570 346 140 446
570 396 570 396 140 496
570 446 570 446 140 596
570 496 570 496 283 296
570 596 570 596 283 346
713 296 713 296 283 396
713 346 713 346 283 446
713 396 713 396 283 496
713 446 713 446 283 596
713 496 713 496
713 596 713 596 110 596
900 296 900 296
900 346 900 346
900 396 900 396
900 446 900 446
900 496 900 496
920 296 920 296
920 346 920 346
920 396 920 396
920 446 920 446
920 496 920 496
  • Attention! At different manufacturers, the standard sizes are slightly different, so the exact parameters need to be specified. For example, fronts with a height of 716 mm are often manufactured instead of the 713 mm shown in the table.
  • The given sizes are actual for any facades: wooden, from MDF, DSP, frame, etc. - in fact the main thing here is to keep the right proportions, so that the opening and closing and the appearance of the cabinets are correct.

A little "furniture" mathematics - we do the calculations correctly

Now we proceed to calculate the overall dimensions of the facades.

The general principle of calculation is simple: the width / height of the facade should be less than the width / height of the body, therefore, from any width / height of the body, it is necessary to subtract the technological gap:

  • Facade height = body height - (minus) clearance;
  • Facade width = body width - (minus) clearance;

The clearance can be 1-2 mm on each side, respectively 2-4 mm - the gap in general.

It would seem that everything is simple, but there are some nuances for some modules.

Keep in mind that for each module (especially for MDF fronts, since they can not be corrected) it is better to make separate calculations - so you will avoid irreparable errors.

And now let's consider these nuances on the example of a 700x400 mm module, with a total gap of 3 mm.


Nuance 1. How to calculate the width of the facade for a shell with two swing doors?

In this case, from the width of the housing, you need to subtract an additional 3 mm from the gap between the two swing doors. The following calculation is for one door:

  • (400-3-3) / 2 = 197 mm

Nuance 2. How to calculate the width of the facade for a building adjacent to the wall?

In case the case is adjacent to the wall, then from the width of the body you need to subtract 3 mm (for the gap against the wall) and, mm for the gap with the facade with the adjacent door. We think so:400-3 mm mm = 39, mm.


Nuance 3. How to calculate the size of the facade for the lower shell, located under the table top?

If the table top has a drip tray, then the gap between it and the top edge of the facade should be 4-5 mm. If the drip tray is not provided, then the gap can be made 3 mm.


Nuance 4. How to calculate the height of the facade, located under / above the decorative cornice?

Here, from the height of the body, subtract 3 mm from the abutment to the upper cornice. If there is also a bottom cornice, then subtract another 3 mm (in general, 6 mm).

Nuance 5. How to calculate the sizes of fronts for boxes?

If several identical drawers are provided in one housing, the height of the lining can be calculated using the following formula:

  • VK-3 (x-1) / x

If the case with drawers is located on the floor of the countertop, then we take into account in the calculation an additional gap:

  • VK-3x / x


  • VK - the height of the shell;
  • X is the number of boxes.

Let's give an example: if the height of the case is 860 mm, it has 4 drawers, and the case is located under the countertop, then we get this calculation:

  • 860-3 × 4/4 = 212 mm

If it is assumed that the boxes have different heights, the calculation must take into account the height of each box, the number of boxes in the casing and the gap.

To calculate the width of box-like facades the same principles are used as for doors.

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