1. Distance between countertop and upper cabinets: 18 inches
2. Upper cabinet depth: 12 inches
3. Lower cabinet depth: 24 inches
4. Countertop overhang: ¾ to 1 inch
5. Countertop height: 36 inches
6. Kickspace: 4 inches high, 3 inches deep
Buying Guide: Semi-customGood for: More discriminating tastes and deeper pockets. Get any style, configuration, or finish, as long as it's in the manufacturer's catalog.
Sizes: Widths for uppers and lowers usually change in 1-inch increments. Heights vary in 6-inch increments on uppers; lowers are fixed.
Materials, hardware: Carcasses are typically ½-inch MDF but can often be upgraded to plywood. Doors can be solid wood or MDF with thermofoil or wood veneer. Full-extension drawer glides are side-mounted.
Buy them from: Home centers or kitchen showrooms. Allow five to six weeks for delivery.
Cost: Starts at about $90 per linear foot.
Shown: Andover door in white-stained maple
Buying Guide: CustomGood for: Kitchens where a precise fit, more configuration options, and fine detailing matter more than the price tag.
Sizes: Built to any width or height you want and with any finish, hardware, or wood species that catches your fancy.
Materials, hardware: Typically ¾-inch furniture-grade plywood for the carcasses; door and drawer fronts are usually solid wood. Full-extension glides can be undermounted and have a soft-close feature.
Buy them from: Kitchen showrooms or local cabinetmakers. Allow eight to 10 weeks for domestic cabinet delivery, 14 to 16 weeks for imports, and eight weeks to six months for a cabinetmaker.
Cost: Starts at about $150 per linear foot.
Shown: BeauxArts door in lacquered plywood in Flannel Grey
Door Style: Glass FrontPanes of glass take the place of solid panels. Divided lights with wavy or clear glass (shown) have a traditional look; frosted glass minus any grillwork gives a more modern spin.
Shown: Custom Chesapeake door in painted maple, about $975 including 15-by-33-inch cabinet
Feirer, Mark. "All About Kitchen Cabinets." This Old House. Thisoldhouse.com, n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0%2C%2C20413909%2C00.html>.