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What Are the Optimal Toe Kick Dimensions?

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The optimal dimensions for a base cabinet toe kick.

The optimal dimensions for a base cabinet toe kick.

Chris Adams, copyright 2008, Licensed to About.com
Question: What Are the Optimal Toe Kick Dimensions?
Answer: The optimal depth for a toe kick in 3 inches. This provides an adequate recess to maintain balance while working at a counter top. After all, that is the purpose of a toe kick.

Depths greater than 3 inches do not hurt the effectiveness of the toe kick. Depths less than 3 inches should be avoided.

The optimal height for a toe kick is 3 1/2 inches. Heights up to 4 inches are common. Increasing the height over 3 1/2 inches does not hurt the effectiveness of the toe kick it just takes away from your cabinet space. Heights less than 3 1/2 inches can cause some people problems.

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