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How do you measure the niche dimensions for a built-in dishwasher?

When you choose a new built-in dishwasher, it is important that you pay attention to the nismatics of your kitchen. These are the niche height, niche width and recess depth. You also pay attention to the size of your front panel. In this article you will read how to measure this step by step, so that your new dishwasher is guaranteed to fit into your kitchen.

Step 1: measure the niche height

Visual measuring niche height dishwasher

First, you need measure the niche height. This is the space in which you place the dishwasher. Take into account the floor in front of the niche. This is often slightly higher than the floor in the niche, because is no laminate or tile here. Measure from the floor in your kitchen to the height of the niche. This way, you can prevent these centimeters from making the difference. Make sure you keep the tape measure tight.

Step 2: measure the front panel height

The front panel makes your dishwasher look like your kitchen cabinets. You can apply the panel to the front of your dishwasher. It's important to make sure the front panel of your kitchen fits the front of the dishwasher exactly. If the panel is higher than the dishwasher, you won't be able to open and close the dishwasher properly. There are 2 types of dishwashers with a front panel: fully-integrated and semi-integrated.

Fully vs semi-integrated

Visually measurable front panel of a fully integrated dishwasher


The control panel is on the inside of the dishwasher. The front panel covers the entire exterior of the dishwasher. Measure the height of the entire front panel.

Visually measurable front panel of a semi-integrated dishwasher


The control panel is on the outside of the dishwasher. The front panel doesn't fully cover the front of the dishwasher, but stops at the control panel. Measure the part up to the control panel.

Step 3: measure the niche depth

Visual of the measurable niche depth

Measure the niche depth. Hold the tape measure against the left or right side, and measure the depth from the back to the front of the niche.

Is the dishwasher still in the niche?

If you don't manage to remove your built-in dishwasher from the niche, you should measure the depth of the counter top. Subtract 5 centimeters for ventilation and pipes at the back of your dishwasher. Only determine the niche depth this way if you really can't remove the dishwasher from the niche. There's a larger chance of measuring a depth that's too high or low.

Step 4: measure the niche width

Visual of the measurable niche width

Measure the width of the niche interior. Unwind the tape measure from left to the right side of the niche. The standard width for a kitchen niche is 60 centimeters. Have you got a narrow niche? Chances are that it has a width of 45 centimeters.

Step 5: measure the baseboard and determine the door system

Dishwasher with baseboard

Measure the height of the baseboard under your kitchen. Is your baseboard lower than 9 centimeters? Choose a dishwasher with a sliding door system. The kitchen panel slides upwards when it opens, so that it doesn't touch the baseboard. Is the plinth 9 centimeters or higher? A a door-to-door system as well as a sliding door system is possible.

Step 6: accurately enter the niche dimensions into our product filter

Now that you've measured everything, it's important to choose a built-in dishwasher that fits the dimensions, and has the control panel in the right place. This way, you can make sure your dishwasher fits your kitchen perfectly. Keep all dimension ready, and choose the option in our product filter that fits them best. Do you find it difficult to measure the sizes properly? You can find your current dishwasher model and use the niche dimensions of that product.

Do you have an IKEA kitchen?

Do you have an IKEA kitchen? There's a few things that help you see if your dishwasher will fit. We're happy to help you with this.

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