All Standard Dimensions For Australian Kitchen You Need To Know
Whether you intend to improve your entire home or just wish to renovate your kitchen, don’t forget to work towards the standard dimensions for Australian kitchens. Above all, when designing this hard-working space, you want to ensure optimum ergonomics and functionality.
Find our expert guide for optimal Australian kitchen design measurements below.
Standard dimensions for Australian kitchen benchtops
The standard benchtop height is 900mm. However, depending on your stature, it can range from 850mm to 950mm.
The standard depth of a benchtop is 600mm. Having said that, have a look at your fridge’s depth first. If you don’t want the fridge to protrude out of your kitchen row, adjust the depth of your benchtop accordingly. See the standard fridge dimensions below.
The most popular benchtops in Australia are made of engineered stones, such as:
- Quantum Quartz
They usually come in 20mm or a multiple thereof. If you wish to choose an engineered stone, our recommendation is to go with a thickness of 40mm, as this looks well-proportioned and classy.
For a tighter budget, we recommend a kitchen benchtop with a laminate finish for instance from Polytec. The average thickness of the laminate benchtop is around 33mm.
Standard dimensions for Australian kitchen island bench
Island bench distance
Galley kitchens with island benches are still going strong in 2023. For its installation, allow for approximately 1200mm between the kitchen row and the island bench. Most importantly, if this space is too narrow, it becomes awkward when more than one person is working in the kitchen, or the kids are running around your legs. On the other hand, installed too far apart, the kitchen becomes less efficient to work in.
Island bench sizes
Your kitchen island bench can be as large as your space allows. Having said that, the only restrictions are the length and width of the benchtop slab if you opt for an engineered stone. The standard slab size is 3060mm by 1440mm, but some suppliers offer oversized jumbo slabs, eliminating the need for an unsightly joint between two slabs.
A good island width is 1200mm, especially if you plan to place some barstools on the other side. In this case, don’t forget to accommodate the necessary legroom as outlined below.
Standard dimensions for Australian kitchen island bench with seating
An island bench is a great place to sit on bar stools for breakfast or a snack. In this case, allow 300mm of legroom underneath the benchtop to sit comfortably. But most importantly, you wish to check with your kitchen manufacturer how big an unsupported benchtop overhang can be based on your chosen material.
Island bench walkway
Besides that, plan a 1000mm walkway on either side of the island bench to allow enough space for people to move around without turning sideways.
The sizes of fridges vary significantly. Therefore start your kitchen design by selecting your preferred fridge first and note its precise measurements. As a rule of thumb, allow for a single-door fridge around 800mm in width and 780mm in depth. A French-door fridge that contains a double door is around 1200mm wide and 850mm deep. On top of that, check your fridge’s required ventilation space in the manual to incorporate this space into your planning.
Whether you go for an oven built into the wall on eye level or prefer an under-bench oven, the standard width is 600mm. Besides that, standard options also include 700mm and 900mm, which are ideal for large families and entertaining.
Standard dimensions for Australian kitchen overhead cupboards
The clearance between the benchtop and overhead cupboards is at least 600mm. However, you must allow for at least 650mm to install a gas cooktop. Read the manual of the cooktop and rangehood manufacturers and follow their requirements. If uncertain, please check with a licensed electrician for your family’s safety.
There are standard dimensions for Australian kitchen dishwashers and dish drawers. They are usually 600mm wide but come in a narrower version of 450mm, suitable for an apartment or studio.
Sink sizes for kitchen
Sinks come in all shapes and sizes. For example, allow for a double sink 800mm in length and 480mm in width, plus a drainage area on the benchtop. The depth of the sink is about 200mm.
If you plan your kitchen sink with a single bowl, allow for a length of 550mm and a width of around 500mm.
Standard height for Australian kitchen kickboard
Kickboard height is usually between 90mm and 150mm and set back from the cabinet’s carcass by around 50mm.
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We hope this information assists you with the design of your new kitchen. While you’re here, you might wish to get some kitchen inspiration from our completed projects.