Whether you’re about to embark on one of the most frustrating and joyous experience on earth (building a house from scratch) or you’re perpetually shopping for items that upgrade and turn a house into a home, it is essential to know some “standard sizes” of various architecture elements, appliances, furniture etc.
It’s true that some developers and architects pride themselves on customizing everything appearing on blueprints and house plans.
However, houses built to standard specs and fitted with standard cabinets and appliances are so much easier to replace when the time comes and standard-size replacements cost less to buy, too.
We have tried to make this article one of the most comprehensive resources on the web for listing out and explaining various standard sizes and dimensions of anything related to homes such as interior and exterior sizes, appliances, furniture etc, so let’s get started:
Kitchen Appliances and Cabinets
Standard Refrigerator Size
According to Whirlpool, when it comes to ‘fridges, there is no longer one size fits all. These four refrigerator styles are all currently considered to be standard:
- Bottom freezer models measure between 67- and 70-inches tall and are between 29½- and 32¾-inches wide.
- Top freezer units range from 61¾- and 66¼- inches tall and between 28¾- and 32¾- inches wide.
- French door ‘fridge models come in 68½- and 70-1/8-inch heights that are between 29½- to 36-inches wide.
- Side-by-side refrigerators stand between 65 7/8ths- and 71¼-inches tall and measure 32¾- to 39¾-inches wide.
- Standard refrigerators come in two depths (30- and 34-inches).
Standard kitchen oven/stove heights and widths
Fortunately, stove manufacturers have retained the same industry sizing standard for decades, so whether you install a stove top or a combination oven/stove, their sizes have been as following:
- For Electric stoves and ovens: The unit will be 30-inches wide and 36- to 47-inches height.
- For Gas stoves and ovens: The unit sizes are 36-inches wide and again 36- to 47-inches height.
- The most common height is 36-inches so it lines up with standard counter heights.
Stackable washer and dryer dimensions
Downsizing has made the stackable washer/dryer combo a popular pick for homeowners short on space, but you will have to decide if you want two front-load units that stack or an appliance that’s designed as a single unit.
- Single unit sets range from 24- to 27-inches wide and are between 70- and 75 inches tall. Commonly, depth is around 27-inches for both units, so they align when stacked.
- Freestanding stackables that occupy a single cabinet are typically 27-inches wide and at least 80-inches tall.
Ice maker dimensions
Under Counter Ice Makers
According to manufacturers (for example Electrolux brand), standard sizing for under-counter ice makers matches that of dishwashers at approximately 34-inches tall (adjustable to 35 ¼ inches), but the average under-counter ice maker is usually narrower, measuring 24-inches deep and around 15-inches wide.
Counter Top Ice Makers
Popular Mechanics magazine profiled top countertop ice makers and found that the most popular sizes on today’s market are:
- 15(D)- x 11(W)- x 14.5(H)-inches
- 12.2(D)- x 9.05(W)- x 12.8(H)-inches
On average, editors suggest choosing an ice maker measuring less than 14 inches on the longest side for small kitchens.
Microwave Oven Dimensions
Typical microwave dimensions are categorized by cubic feet and fall into these 5 size categories:
- 1.4 cubic feet: Between 21- to 29-inches wide x 12- to 16 inches high x 15- to 17 inches deep.
- 1.5 cubic feet: 23- to 29-inches wide; 14- to 17- inches- high and 15- to 16-inches deep.
- 1.7 cubic feet: 27 inches wide; between 16- and 17-inches high and 15-to 17 inches deep.
- 1.8 cubic feet: Around 29-inches wide x 16-inches high x 15-inches deep.
- 2 cubic feet: 24- to 29-inches wide x 13- to 16-inches high x 15- to 19-inches deep.
Standard Dishwasher Sizes
Most modern houses include a washer appliance for dishes and other kitchen utensils. Just like other home appliances, the industry has agreed to develop standard dimensions for dishwashers. Not all devices follow these dimensions but the vast majority are sized as below:
- Standard size of a dishwasher is 24 inches width x 24 inches depth x 35 inches height.
- Some other custom sizes (especially for built-in dishwashers which fit under a counter) may have sizes of between 24 – 30 inches wide, 25 inches deep and 34 inches high.
- For smaller size kitchens, you can also find compact dishwashers having dimensions of 18 or 22 inches width (depth and height are the same as the standard ones).
Kitchen sink dimensions
Contemporary kitchen sink design has made it possible for homeowners to choose between 1-, 2-, and 3-bowl models, though sizing for all three depends upon cabinet and countertop configurations, especially if that hole already exists. Homeowners can choose between over- and under-counter sinks.
- One bowl kitchen sinks can be as wide as 33-inches
- Double sinks are available in sizes up to 48-inches, with bowl size proportions typically 50/50, 60/40 or 70/30.
- Triple sinks can measure up to 60-inches wide, with unique styling determining the size of each bowl.
Kitchen cabinet dimensions
Most prefabricated kitchen cabinets are categorized as base, wall and tall units. Base cabinets lay the foundation and are usually installed first.
- Standard base cabinets range in size from 12- to 48-inches wide; 34½- to 36-inches tall and 24-inches deep.
- Wall cabinet width is the most expansive dimension, running between 9- and 48-inches. Wall cabinet heights range from 12- to 42-inches with depths of between 12- and 24-inches.
- Tall cabinets serving as pantries and housekeeping tool storage units range in width between 12- and 36-inches, while height dimensions extend from 84- to 96-inches. Standard depths are between 12- and 24-inches.
Bed dimensions (listed by width and length)
- The smallest beds on the market are cribs that measure 27- by 52-inches.
- Twin bed sizing is 39- by 75-inches.
- Twin XL sizing adds 5-inches to the length, producing a 39- by 80-inch unit.
- Full beds measure 54- by 75-inches.
- Queen dimensions are 60- by 80-inches.
- King beds add 16-inches of width to standardize this 76- by 80-inch bed.
- California kings, the largest size on the market, isn’t the widest. It’s dimensions are 72-inches by 84-inches.
Sheet sizes for beds listed above
- Crib sheets don’t come in standard sizes, so measure the mattress before you shop. On average, crib sheets are around 51 5/8-inches long; 27¼-inches wide and 5½-inches deep.
- Standard twin sheets measure 39- by 75-inches (fitted) and 68- by 96-inches (flat).
- Twin XL sheet sizing is 39- by 80-inches wide (fitted) and 66- by 102-inches long (flat).
- Standard full-size (double) bed sheets measure 54- by 75-inches (fitted) and 81- by 96-inches (flat).
- The dimensions of sheets made for queen size beds are 60- by 80-inches (fitted) and 90- by 102-inches (flat).
- A king size set is comprised of a 76- by 80-inch fitted sheet and 108- by 102-inch flat sheet.
- Standard California king sets measure 72- by 84-inches (fitted) and 108- by 102-inches (flat).
Standard seating dimensions
Today’s upholstered seating furnishings offer shoppers so many style differences, the exact same dimensions attributed to one design versus another could make the units appear to be different sizes.
Fortunately, the furniture industry has managed to keep consumers from getting too confused by producing three standard types of upholstered furniture.
- Three-seat sofas measure 35-inches deep by 84-inches wide.
- Loveseats accommodate two people and the standard size is 35-inches deep by 60-inches wide.
- Dimensions of a standard armchair are 35-inches deep by 35-inches wide.
TV Stand Dimensions
You should note that all TV sizes show the diagonal measurement of the screen.
The actual width of a TV is smaller than its diagonal screen size.
The following TV stand dimensions show the minimum width to be able to place the TV on it. If you need to have extra space on the TV stand for décor etc, then you must get a bigger size.
- Purchase a TV stand measuring around 50 inches if you have a 55- to 58-inch TV
- Purchase a TV stand measuring around 55 inches if you have a 59- to 63-inch TV
- Purchase a TV stand measuring around 65-67 inches if you have a 70- to 73-inch TV
- Purchase a TV stand measuring at least 70-75 inches if your TV is 70 inches or larger.
Dining Table Dimensions
On average, most dining tables stand between 29- and 32-inches high to accommodate industry-specified chair heights and also 36-40 inches wide.
Seating four people, usually range between 36- and 44-inches square.
Rectangular table lengths:
4 to 6 diners (68- to 72-inches long)
6 to 8 diners (72- to 80-inches long)
8 to 10 diners (80- to 92-inches long)
10 to 12 diners (92- to 110-inches long)
Round table diameters:
2 to 4 diners (40- to 42-inches)
4 to 5 diners (48- to 54-inches)
4 to 6 diners (54- to 60-inches)
6 to 8 diners (72-inches)
Coffee Table Dimensions
This category tends to be the most difficult to assign size because contemporary coffee tables come in non-standard and odd shapes.
That stated, the optimal height of the coffee table you choose should measure between 1- and 2-inches below your couch’s cushion height.
A typical rectangular coffee table is likely to measure 16- to 20-inches high x 48- to 54-inches wide, and between 24- and 30-inches deep.
Most uniform round coffee tables are between 30- and 48-inches diameter.
Common oval-shaped coffee tables range between 22- and 54-inches wide.
These standard sizing ranges do not consider hand-crafted antique coffee tables that weren’t subject to standard measurements when they were manufactured.
Typical Bathroom Sizes in American Homes
If you’ve had occasion to visit contemporary model homes, you probably concluded that the newer the home, the more likely you are of finding larger bathrooms since bathrooms are major selling points today.
Older homes tend to have smaller bathrooms, but these are typical measurements you’ll encounter:
- The average full-size bathroom typically measures 40-45 square feet.
- Expanded or spa-style bathrooms may range in size from 75- to 110-square feet
- Master bathrooms can range from 115- to 210-square feet.
- A ¾-bathroom will usually be around than 35-40 square feet
- Half baths aren’t likely to measure more than 20 square feet in a typical home.
Standard Bathtub Dimensions
While custom-size tubs are gaining popularity, these are current average sizes:
Standard tubs on today’s market are typically 60-inches long x 30-inches wide x 14- to 16-inches deep.
Soaking tubs may be up to 72-inches long but meet the same width and height requirements as a standard tub.
Extra-long tubs may be constructed with a depth of greater than the typical 16-inch bathtub height. Also, the recommended length is more than 70-inches (for tall people above 6 ft).
Walk-in Shower Dimensions
According to Kohler, walk-in, prefabricated shower dimensions in the U.S. are typically 60- by 30-inches, but shape can impact sizing.
A rectangular walk-in shower installation may measure 60- x 42-inches
A square walk-in shower measures 42- x 42-inches.
For small bathrooms, shoppers can find 36- x 36-inch square walk-in showers, but for optimal comfort choose one that’s at least 48- x 36-inches so there’s adequate room to maneuver while bathing.
Bathroom Sink Dimensions
“There’s no standard size for a bathroom sink,” declares retailer Lowe’s. “Some petite basins are just big enough for washing your hands,” while larger vessels are large enough to wash clothing.
Typical round bathroom sink bowls range between 16- and 20-inches in diameter.
Rectangular sinks, growing in popularity, tend to measure between 19-to 24-inches wide x 16-to 23-inches long and come with a typical depth of between 5- and 8-inches.
Interior and Exterior Doors and Walls
- All standard interior doors must be at least 80-inches tall, but widths are a different story. They come in 24-, 28-, 30-, 32- and 36-inch widths.
- For people with disabilities, a 36-inch-wide door is the minimum pass-thru size.
- Interior door thickness is 1 3/8-inches, but for wider or taller doors, 1¾-inch thickness is recommended.
- The standard exterior door sizes is 80- by 36-inches, but you can also find standard exterior doors that measure 30- to 32-inches wide and stand 7- or 8-feet tall.
- Standard exterior door thickness averages 1¾-inch.
- Sliding glass exterior doors usually measure 6-feet 8-inches tall and are 6-feet wide, but retailers now stock 5- by 8-; 6- by 8- and 8- by 8-foot models.
Standard garage door sizes
- Standard one-car garage doors are generally available in 3 widths: 7-, 8- or 9-feet. Standard height for single garage doors can be 7- or 8-feet.
- Two-car garage doors, accommodating multiple vehicles, come in these 3 widths: 14-, 16- or 18-feet. Shoppers can choose between 7- and 8-foot heights.
Standard Interior Wall Thickness
According to registered Texas architect Geoffrey Wright, interior walls are usually framed with nominal lumber, faced with gypsum board and measure an average of 4½-inches thick. Plumbing walls require additional room to accommodate pipes, thus this standard measurement is usually 6½-inches thick.
Standard Exterior Wall Thickness
Exterior walls on homes in USA are most often built to industry standards of around 6.5 inches thick. This is when using 2 x4 timber with 5/8″ drywall and outside siding.
In colder climates dimensions are now trending towards 2×6 timber so the walls are more like 8 inches. If the outside is brick add 4 more inches.
That stated, some builders insist that there is no limit to how thick an exterior wall should be.
Standard Siding Thickness
According to The American Society of Testing and Materials, vinyl siding should be at least 0.035 inches thick, which is why most of the products on today’s market are usually at least 0.04 inches thick to surpass that minimum.
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