A range is an appliance with a cooktop and an oven(s). Buying a new one or replacing one requires you to take precise measurements. Knowing the exact size of the proposed installation space will ensure a good fit. Learn how to measure a range for your kitchen with this guide’s step-by-step techniques.
There isn’t a standard range size, but most styles are 30 inches wide. Space-saving ranges can be as little as 20 inches wide. Upscale or professional-style ranges can be 36 inches to 60 inches wide. A common height for them is 36 to 36 1/2 inches tall, about the same height as a kitchen countertop. A range’s depth can vary depending on its style and the size of its door handles.
Both gas ranges and electric ranges are available in free-standing, slide-in or drop-in styles. Each style has its benefits. A free-standing range works well in kitchens with limited floor space. It can stand alone or slide in at the end of a cabinet. Usually, the standard range size for this type of appliance is 25 to 27 inches deep. A free-standing range needs a one-inch space between it and any cabinets or back wall. Both a slide-in and drop-in style range can give a custom look. A slide-in range will overlap a counter for a true built-in effect. It should fit snugly. Always consult the owner’s manual for a range’s specific measurements.
To find the height for your new range, start by measuring from the floor to the top of the cabinet or where the cooktop will be. You don’t want to measure to the top of where the back of the range will be.
Knowing how to measure a range correctly means understanding how important it is that your new range is level. Your new range cannot cook properly without being level. Floors can warp, so take three measurements: one on the right side, one in the middle and one on the left. Write these down. Most ranges have adjustable legs that allow you to level the appliance so it can function.
Tip: You must allow space to prevent heat damage above the cooktop. Allow up to six inches of space between the range hood and the cooking surface on gas and electric ranges.
Measure the Width
You will take two measurements to determine the width of the space available for your new range. Measure left to right:
Place your measuring tape or ruler on the bottom of the space and write down the measurement.
Using your measuring tape the same way, measure the width at the top of the opening.
Write this measurement down.
If the two do not match, use the lower one for width. You can fill in any gaps with cabinet trim.
Tip: Add about 1/4-inch to your width measurement. Your new range should fit well but slide in easily.
Measuring for depth is simple:
Place one end of your measuring tape or ruler on the back wall of the proposed space.
Write this measurement down.
Measure to the front of the cabinet only. The oven door will extend beyond the opening. Don’t be concerned about knobs or handles at this point.
Another important range dimension you should factor in is how much space your oven door will need when open. Allow enough room to open the door fully and remove or insert items. A good rule of thumb is to allow between 42 and 48 inches between your range and a cabinet or island. If there is often more than one cook in your kitchen, opt for the higher number.
Knowing how to measure a range is just one step in making a good purchasing decision. Figuring out what size range fits your lifestyle and budget is another. Be aware that features usually have more impact on the price than their size. The sticker price increases with extra features like double ovens and porcelain racks. A range with a self-cleaning oven usually requires more upfront investment than one cleaned manually. Ceramic top induction burners are not as budget-friendly as electric coil burners. Ultimately, however, the size of the range that’s best for you will depend on whether you cook very little or a lot.
With varying sizes and features, consider which is best suited for your lifestyle. When you’re ready for a brand-new electric or gas range, we offer delivery and installation. Use The Home Depot Mobile App to locate products and check inventory. We’ll take you to the exact aisle and bay.