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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's important you pay attention to the niche dimensions of your kitchen. These are the niche height, niche width, and niche depth. Pay attention to the size of your front panel as well. In this article, you can read how to measure this step by step, so that your new dishwasher is guaranteed to fit in 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. it's often slightly higher than the floor in the niche, because is no laminate or tile in the niche. Measure from your kitchen floor 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 attach the panel to the front of your dishwasher. It's important to make sure the front panel of your kitchen fits on the front of the dishwasher seamlessly. 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, namely a fully-integrated and semi-integrated dishwasher.

Fully vs semi-integrated

Visual to be measured 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.

Visual to be measured 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 to be measured niche depth

Measure the niche depth. Roll out the tape measure along 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 really can't manage to remove your built-in dishwasher from the niche, you can measure the depth of the countertop. Subtract 5cm 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. If you do it like this, there's a bigger chance that you estimate a depth that's too high or low.

Step 4: measure the niche width

Visual of the to be measured niche width

Measure the width of the inside of the niche. Roll out the tape measure from the left to the right side of the niche. The standard width for a kitchen niche is 60cm. Do you have a narrow niche? Chances are it's 45cm wide.

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 higher 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 lower? You can choose both a door-to-door system and a sliding door system.

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 select 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'll help you see if your dishwasher will fit. We're happy to help you with this.

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