Cracking the Kitchen Cabinet Code

If you are not familiar with the codes that kitchen cabinet companies use, it can be very hard to compare two cabinet lines or even figure out what you are paying for.. every now and then I come across a random code that I can’t figure out what they are describing!  While there is a standard format that most cabinet companies use for identifying the size, the initials they use for describing the cabinet can vary greatly.   Here is a quick summary, and a handy graph that will  help you better understand what all those numbers and letters mean.

Let’s start with wall cabinets.   The standard depth of wall cabinets is 12″, so they do not include that in the item number or code.  Most wall cabinets will have the following format: W2430  In this example, the W identifies that it is a wall cabinet, 24 indicates the width of 24″, and the 30 indicates a height of 30″.  If the depth is not the standard depth of 12″ (like you might have for a cabinet over the refrigerator), you would see the depth at the end.   W362424 would be a wall cabinet that is 36″ wide, 24″ tall, and 24″ deep.

For the base cabinets they have a similar format, but the height and depth are always the standard of 34.5″ tall (so that the height is 36″ once the counter tops are installed), and a depth of 24″.   So the basic code for a base cabinet would be B15, which is a 15″ wide base cabinet.   For a sink base cabinet is would be SB30 (30″ wide sink base).  Where base cabinets get tricky is the corner cabinets.   There are probably half a dozen codes (and different names) for a lazy susan cabinet… you have easy reach (EZR or EZ), lazy susan (LZ or LS), diagonal corner base (DCB or DC), are just a couple of them.

Some cabinet lines try to offer every option, accessory, and trim piece under the sun… the most items I have ever seen in one line was close to 400 items. That is WAY too many for me to identify the codes for and makes  it very difficult for the average person to identify each one.   To help you identify what each code stands for, I created this easy to follow cheat sheet with the most common codes that are used.   I am sure there were several others that I could have added, but this will at least get you started.

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