How to measure for a built-in oven

A built in oven is a brilliant asset if you can find the right fit! rather than having to make space for a freestanding oven or cooker, you can just slide a built in oven directly into a space cut for you in your kitchen cabinets. This means that your kitchen design looks nice and flush – whether or not it is a completely new installation!

When looking at a built in oven, however, you’re going to need to consider oven sizes. How do you know what’s likely going to fit well, and what’s not? Whether single or double, it’s always worth measuring up and to check the essential stats beforehand.

In this quick guide, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about built in ovens and oven dimensions. It might surprise you just how easy it is to find the right appliance!

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How Much Space Do You Need Around an Oven?

Ideally, whether you are dealing with electric, gas or dual, you should have about 35mm (1.37 inches) to the rear of your oven. What’s more, you should have at least 5mm (0.19 inches) space to the sides to allow things to ventilate properly.

Before you start looking for single ovens, double ovens and otherwise, you’re going to need to know a few facts and figures.

However, most kitchen designers will plan in for this – so don’t worry! In fact, one of the best things you can do is check with your kitchen designer or cabinet manufacturer to see what size of oven is going to work best for you. All cabinets, even those made bespoke, are going to allow for safe ventilation.

What is the Standard Size of a Built In Oven?

Believe it or not, there’s not actually that much of a difference between ovens when it comes to the common dimensions!

Chances are if you’ve already started looking into single oven size options, you will have found a few common sizes and fits on your search.

The standard oven size in terms of width is always going to be between 50cm and 60cm (19.6 inches and 26.6 inches). More often than not, your oven is likely to fit 60cm.

Where things tend to differ is the height. Single oven models will measure around 60cm (26.6 inches) in height, whereas your average double ovens tend to be 90cm (35.4 inches) at their tallest. The smallest standard double oven height is likely to be around 70cm (27.5 inches).

Depth, of course, is always going to differ, too. This really can vary between single ovens and the double standard. At deepest, you’re going to be looking at 55cm (21.65 inches), and around 60cm (26.6 inches) at slightest.

Of course, single ovens and double built to fit ovens are going to have different litre capacities, too. However, the volume of your oven cavities doesn’t always have a knock-on effect with the size of the whole unit! Our advice would be to consider volume and capacity, but the data you’ll need to use as a guide for your new oven the most are going to be the height, width and depth figures listed above.

How Do I Know What Size My Wall Oven Is?

Believe it or not – the best thing to do is to actually measure your unit! Measuring your current built in oven is going to help you in your search for a new one. So, too, is consulting your instruction manual, if you have one. Again, a fantastic insight into this side of things is likely to be available from your kitchen installers. They will have all the right facts and figures you’ll need to know.

Measuring your appliance is easy – but for the most accurate results, our top tip to find the best built to fit oven will be to actually take your measuring tape to the kitchen cabinet your unit is going into. Use this as a guide to find a new single oven (or otherwise) that is just going to slide right in.

Stuck for Choice?

There are standard built in oven sizes which help to make finding the top picks nice and easy. Providing you have the vital stats for your single oven or double built cavity, narrowing down the standard options shouldn’t be too hard. On the hunt for gas, electric or dual? Filter out built in ovens that appeal to your needs. Do check out our guides, too!

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