Closet Dimensions
Depth
  • Minimum 24 inches for suits and dresses.
  • Minimum 28 inches for coats.
  • Minimum 16 inches for work and play wraps stored on hangers.
Height of Rod
  • 63 inches for street dresses.
  • 45 inches for suits, blouses, and skirts.
  • 45 inches for men's suits, pants, and shirts.
  • 72 inches for floor length dresses.
  • 30 inches for clothing 3- to 5-year-olds.
  • 45 inches for clothing of 6- to 12-year-olds.
Length of Rod
  • Minimum 48 inches per person in household.
  • Allow 3 to 4½ inches per lightweight and heavy coats.
  • Allow 2½ inches per man's garment.
Shelves
  • Allow 3 inches between rods and first shelf.
  • 11-inch to 15-inch depth of first shelf.
  • 11-inch depth of second shelf.
  • 8- to 9-inch allowance between shelves.
Standard Heights & Dimensions
Appliances Most major electrical appliances made today are slightly less than 30" wide to facilitate moving through interior residential doorways. Some may be wider, but their depth will still allow movement through doors. Apartment style appliances may be slightly less than 24" wide. The height for fixtures such as door knobs and electrical outlets are to the center of the item.
Bar Depth 18" - 30"
Bar Height 36" - 42"
Bar Rail 8" high
Bathroom See vanity
Bath / Tub Length, 5'0", 2'8" Wide
Bed Sizes King - 72"w x 84"l
Queen - 60"w x 82"l
Double - 54"w x 82"l
Single - 39"w x 82"l
Day bed - 30"w x 75"l
Crib - 30"w x 53"l
Bookcases Low, 3 shelves - 42"h
High, 5 shelves, 72"h
Normal widths are 36" - 42"
Cable TV Outlet 18" above floor
Cabinets See Kitchen cabinets
Chair Seats Bar seat/stool, nominal height 26"
Dining/kitchen Nominal height 18"
Seat width 18"
Seat depth 16"
Coffee Table Height - 18", low - 12"
Desk Height 28" (see also Typing Desk, keyboard)
Desk Top Sizes Standard - 60" x 30"
Executive - 72" x 36"
Door Height 6'8" (80")
Door Width Residential interior, usual, 2'6" (30") or 2'8" (32") x 80"
Residential exterior, 3'0"
Bathroom - 2'0"
Linen Closet - 1'6"
Powder Room - 2'0"
Note: There are specific considerations for wheelchair accessibility
Door knob Normal, 32" high, but can go as high as 42"
Electrical Outlets Normal outlet height - 18" above floor.
Counter top convenience/appliance outlet - 6" above counter top.
Stove outlet (220 volt) - 18" above floor but may be 24"
End Table Nominal, 24" high
Handrails On steps, 32" above tread, on level surfaces, 42" high
Joists Normal spacing of 2" x 10" joists is 16" on center, 12" is also acceptable.
See also - Trusses
Ladder Rung 12" between rungs
Keyboard Height Typewriter or computer, 26"
Kitchen Cabinets Over counter type - 60" from floor to bottom surface of cabinets. Depth - 18", Height - 30" - 42", but may to to ceiling
Kitchen Counter Height, 36", depth, 24", but may be 30"
Kitchen Table See Table
Mail slot 30" (as required by Canada Post and US Postal Service)
Living Room Entryway Usually 42" but 48" - 60" is better
Outlets: See Electrical outlets
Pictures This is an arbitrary height; the best guide is that the center of the picture/painting should be at average eye level. Use the average height of you and your partner as a guide
Phone, Wall 54" high
Ramp Maximum slope, 1" in 12". Minimum width, 32"
Risers The normal stair riser is 7½" (See also, Stair/Step, Treads)
Shower Head Nominal, 72" high
Shower Rod 72" high
Sink, Bathroom 32" high
Sofa Dimensions vary, but the norms for a three seater are: depth - 36", width - 72", seat height - 17". Single seater, 32"w, 36"d, seat height 17"
Stair/Step Normal stair riser height is 7½" but may be as high as 8" provided all risers are the same height. See also, Treads
Stud Spacing Normal 2" x 4" stud spacing is 16" centre to centre. A 12" spacing is also acceptable. Normal 2" x 6" stud spacing is 24" centre to centre
Switch Plate Height Nominal, 52"
Tables Dining/Kitchen - height, 28½" - 30". Best is 29". A 5' diameter round table will accommodate five people comfortably. People require 24" each of table length to dine comfortably. A 30" x 30" table will seat four people. A 30"w x 60"l will seat six people and a 36"w x 72"l will seat eight people, 10 people in a crunch
Thermostat Nominal, 58" above floor
Toe Clearance Under counter - 4" - 6" in height, 4" in depth
Treads Nominal depth for stair treads is 10". this should be increased for the handicapped, to a minimum of 11".
Trusses Pre-engineered roof trusses and floor trusses are usually spaced at 16" center to center but may be 24" depending on engineering
Typing Desk 26"h x 18" deep
Vacuum Cleaner Outlets for a built-in vacuum, 18" above floor
Vanity, Bathroom 32" high, 20 - 22" in depth
Wall Outlets See, Electrical outlets
Wheelchair See, ramp and doorway dimensions
Work Clearance The space between a counter top and the bottom of a wall cabinet, minimum, 15", maximum, 20"
Closet Depth 24"
Custom Closets
Hanging Towers 12"
Shelving/Drawer Towers 16" or 24"