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Kitchen Unit & Cabinet Sizes Explained

Unlock the possibilities of your kitchen space by choosing the right unit sizes. This comprehensive guide will help you understand base units, corner units, midi units, dresser units, tall units, and wall units to optimise your kitchen's potential.


Choosing the right kitchen units and cabinets is a critical step in achieving both aesthetic appeal and functional excellence. In this detailed guide, we'll break down various types of kitchen units available, along with their standard sizes, to help you plan the kitchen of your dreams.

Understanding unit sizes is your key to crafting a kitchen that's tailored to your unique needs.

Base Units

Base units are the cornerstone of your kitchen, offering both vital storage and worktop space for meal preparation and daily tasks. Explore the heights, widths, and depths to find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

Height Options:

  • Standard: 720mm  + 150mm adjustable legs
  • Half Height Base Units: 360mm   + 150mm adjustable legs
  • Width Range: 150mm to 1000mm

Depth Options:

  • Standard: 560mm + door thickness
  • Reduced: 470mm + door thickness
  • Minimal: 300mm + door thickness

Standard base units offer a height of 720mm, optimised for everyday accessibility. If you're looking to fit smaller spaces or want a different visual element, consider the Half Height Base Units at 360mm.

Top Tip: Factor in your family's height and needs when picking base units. It can significantly enhance kitchen usability.

Corner Units

Corner units help you capitalise on every inch of space in your kitchen. Designed to fit seamlessly into those tricky corner areas, these units are perfect for homeowners keen to maximise storage and utility.

  • Width Range: 800mm to 1000mm
  • Door Width: 400mm, 450mm, 500mm, or 600mm
  • Height: 720mm + 150mm adjustable legs
  • Depth: Up to 560mm + door thickness
  • Corner Unit Void: Can Vary approximately between 130-230mm  from the wall

Corner units efficiently utilise the often-overlooked corner spaces in your kitchen, transforming them into valuable storage or display areas. The 'corner unit void,' which can vary approximately between 130-230mm from the wall, allows for flexible alignment with other cabinetry.

Top Tip: Always measure the corner unit void accurately as it affects your entire kitchen layout.

Midi Units (or Studio Units)

Midi units are a stylish and modern addition to contemporary kitchens. They strike a balance between the height of base and tall units, providing a unique storage solution that brings your kitchen into the 21st century.

  • Height: 1250mm + 150mm adjustable legs
  • Width Range: 300mm to 600mm
  • Depth: 560mm + door thickness

With a height of 1250mm and adjustable legs, midi units are perfect for those who want an avant-garde kitchen design without sacrificing functionality. They are excellent for larder or appliance housing.

Dresser Units

Dresser units offer a blend of functionality and aesthetics. Whether you want to showcase your favourite crockery or need extra storage for miscellaneous items, these units provide ample versatility in various heights and widths.

Height Options:

  • Low: 1060mm
  • Medium: 1210mm
  • High: 1390mm

Width Range: 500mm or 600mm
Depth: 300mm + door thickness

Dresser units can become the focal point of your kitchen, offering an excellent opportunity for showcasing your finest kitchenware or even a curated book collection.

Tall Units

Tall units offer a range of height and width options to accommodate your specific needs, be it for appliance housing or additional storage. Their vertical design makes the most of your kitchen's real estate without compromising on functionality.

Height Options:

  • Low: 1820mm  + 150mm adjustable legs
  • Medium: 1970mm  + 150mm adjustable legs
  • High: 2150mm  + 150mm adjustable legs

Width Range: 300mm to 1200mm
Depth: 560mm + door thickness

Depending on their width and height, tall units can serve as dedicated spaces for your oven, fridge/freezer, or even as a pantry.

Wall Units

Wall units keep your essentials within arm's reach while freeing up valuable floor space. Available in multiple heights, they can be customised to suit your needs, making your kitchen both efficient and visually appealing.

Height Options:

  • Low: 575mm
  • Medium: 720mm 
  • High: 900mm

Width Range: 150mm to 1000mm
Depth: 300mm + door thickness

The key advantage of wall units is their ability to free up floor space. Available in varying heights, they can be strategically placed to align with other units.


Knowing your kitchen unit sizes and options empowers you to design a kitchen that serves you in the best way possible. Use this guide as your roadmap to navigate through the myriad of choices available to you.

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