64 important numbers every homeowner should know

By Nicole Dyer

Key dimensions for kitchens and other major rooms.

Some spaces just feel good, and you can't put your finger on why. Chances are, it's because everything is where it should be: Handles are easy to reach, drawers open unobstructed, there's light where you need it. The key is knowing the right numbers. Whether you're starting fresh or just adding a few upgrades, your home is sure to measure up. 

A note on the numbers: The recommended dimensions and clearances are based on national building and design industry guidelines. You can—and should—adapt them to your own size. 

Inch for inch, the bathroom packs in more functionality than any other room in the house. With scant space to hide mistakes, though, even tiny miscalculations can create big problems—not to mention compromise safety. For maximum comfort, convenience, and utility, keep these magic numbers in mind.

Shower stalls should allow room for a shower seat, grab bars, and adjustable shower heads.

Consider the height and distance of the toilet paper holder in relation to the toilet rim.

Shower door swing should be accounted for in layout planning.

Keep the most popular room in the house functional and safe with these simple design guidelines for the placement of appliances, cabinets, and countertops.

The distance from the cooktop to the range hood can affect the kitchen helper's effectiveness.

Don't forget to account for the depth of your range hood, too.

Optimized dining and quality time requires nook dimensions built for comfort.

Creating a functional food prep space means allowing the right amount of room.

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Originally Published in This Old House

Tue Apr 08 00:00:00 PDT 2014