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How to Get the Perfcect Shallow Cabinet for Your Home

The cabinets in your kitchen are one of the most important features in determining the overall look and feel of the space. Not only do they take up a lot of visual real estate, but they also play a big role in dictating the functionality of the room.

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When choosing new cabinets, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is what depth you want. In this blog post, we will discuss everything there is to know about cabinet depth.

How Deep are Standard Kitchen Cabinets?

Most kitchen base cabinets are 24″ deep (not counting countertop overhang), though some may be as small as 12″ or as large as 36″. The depth of a cabinet is measured from the front outer edge to the wall. Kitchen base cabinets are usually shallow so that you can easily reach the back of the counter or plug in appliances. Deeper cabinets can make it more difficult to reach the back of the counter or to plug in appliances.

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How Deep are Standard Bathroom Cabinets?

Most standard bathroom vanities have a depth that ranges from 20 to 23 inches. The average depth of a bathroom vanity is 21 inches. This measurement is taken from the front outer edge of the cabinet to the wall. Deeper cabinets are available, but they are not as common.

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What if I Want Shallower Cabinets?

But what if you want your cabinets to be shallower? For example, maybe your pantry is 24″ deep but you would want it to be 18″ deep. Let’s explore your options!



The best way to make your cabinets shallower is to trim the side panels and upper/bottom panels. This will reduce the overall depth of the cabinet, making it easier to reach items at the back. In addition, this will also help to create a more streamlined look in your kitchen. This is the same for wall cabinets. For base cabinet, it’s doable but more tricky because of drawer glides – if you reduce how deep your cabinet goes you’ll have to buy special drawer glides too!


If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce your cabinet depth, this is it. It’s very DIY and can be done in just minutes!



In conclusion, remember that most kitchen cabinets are typically 24″ deep and bathroom cabinets are 21″ deep. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, you can always cut the sides of the cabinets to customize the depth. Just be sure to measure twice and cut once!


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Evan Nelson is a skilled content writer with over 5 years of experience specializing in kitchen and bath design. His expertise in the field and ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible way have made his articles a valuable resource for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike. Evan's insights have been featured in top publications like Homes & Gardens, Family Handyman, and Real Homes. He focuses on providing practical advice, innovative ideas, and detailed guides to help readers make informed decisions about their kitchen spaces. With a passion for creating content that educates and inspires, Evan's writing helps transform kitchen dreams into reality.

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