Does depth of stove include handle?

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Fitting a kitchen correctly is a task in precision. Everything has to fit right to avoid overlap and overhang, yet you still want to be sure you’re buying the best items available. 

Before measuring for a stove, you may be confused by all the terminology. Depth is a tricky term, especially with all the designs that take a stove from a box to a piece of equipment. Both the handle and the knobs are vitally important to the function of the stove. How necessary are they for fit?

Does depth of stove include handle?

No, the depth of the stove doesn’t include the handle in the measurement. When measuring the depth of the stove it isn’t standard to include the handle, and including it may affect your accuracy. 

The depth of the stove is an important measurement, as it will allow you to line up a stove with a cabinet. The door of the stove should be either flush with the cabinet or overhang slightly. 

However, in a standard kitchen, the handle and the knobs will both protrude out from the oven. They don’t need to fall in a line with the cabinets, both for ease of use and look. A stove will look best when the door lines up with the cabinet doors. By measuring the depth of the stove to the handles you may end up buying a stove too small for the purpose.

Many handles add little depth to the stove, but some can add inches. To create the most accurate measurement of your stove, measure both with and without the handles. This will help you better visualize how a new unit will fit in the space.

If you are fitting a stove into a very tight space, you may wish to know the depth with the handle, so it doesn’t stick out too far and cause accidents. In most standard kitchens, the size of the handle is unimportant.

How do you properly measure the depth of a stove?

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It’s easy to measure the depth of a stove. Measure from the very back to the front of the oven door. Don’t measure to the handle or knobs, unless the stove has to fit in a very tight space. If you choose to measure the handles, keep them as a separate measurement.

To measure the height of the stove, measure from the base of the unit to the top of the cooking surface. If your stove has a control panel above the cooking surface, this shouldn’t be included in the height. The cooking surface should be close to flush with the cabinet surface. Measuring any additional height may result in purchasing a stove that’s too small.

The width is probably the easiest section to measure. Simply measure from the left edge to the right edge. It’s simple but incredibly important for a good fit – so make sure you get this right.

When measuring a stove, you must understand the measurements are so the stove best fits with the cabinets. Avoiding measuring any of the extra features that can protrude above the cabinets.

Precision is hugely important. Double-check every measurement to be sure of accuracy. It’s better to spend time measuring than have to deal with an ill-fitting stove.

What is the standard depth of a stove?

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The most common stoves are around 25 to 27 inches in depth. Some larger stoves are 30 inches in depth, but these are rare. The standard size is to ensure that your stove is closely aligned with the kitchen cabinets, The standard depth of a kitchen cabinet is 25 to 26 inches. When measuring the depth of a kitchen cabinet, the handles aren’t included.

What does cutout depth mean?

The cutout depth refers to the dimensions of the appliance as it would fit within the cabinets. Cutout depth can be used to refer to the total dimensions of the unit. This is the height, width, and depth. Essentially, it’s the space that is ‘cutout’ of the cabinets to install an appliance. 

If measuring the cutout depth to install an appliance into a cabinet, then the measurements are padded to enable a better fit. 

Cutout is a term used for a variety of kitchen appliances, including fridges and microwaves. When installing an appliance into a cabinet, it’s important to know the standard depth and the cutout depth. 

Cutout, overlap, and overall

The overall measurement is the height, depth, and width of the stove. These measurements only include the very basics of the stove.

The cutout measurement is the space that would need to be cutout in order to fit the oven.

The overlap is the clearance space given around the cutout. When the cutout and overlap are measured, the size will be larger than the overall measurement of the appliance.

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