A kick space, also known as a toe kick or toe space, is recessed space at the base of most floor-mounted kitchen cabinets.[1]

DescriptionEdit

Traditionally, a kick space is allowed for in modern cabinet designs by creating a separate, recessed platform upon which one's cabinetry may rest. The kick space is intended to prevent potential toe injuries and allow for closer proximity to a countertop (the toes being the furthest-extending ground-level human body parts).[2] Typical dimensions are roughly 4 inches (10 cm) high by 3 inches (7.6 cm) deep.

 
A fully enclosed cabinet base with a kick space.

Many homes take advantage of this space by installing heating or ventilation ducts here.[3] It also provides the additional advantage of serving as a "bumper against over-zealous mopping and vacuuming".[4]

HistoryEdit

The kick space became more common in the 20th century. With a burgeoning middle class and advancements in industry and domesticity, countertops became a more prominent work surface. Whereas previously most standing crafts were done at tables, there developed a need for a work counter to which one could comfortably stand directly adjacent. As the name would suggest, the kick space provides a space in which one's toes can rest.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adams, Chris. "What Are the Optimal Toe Kick Dimensions?". about.com. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. ^ Griggs, J. Michael. "Human Figure Average Measurements". LoebInfo. Harvard University. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  3. ^ "How-To Install A Kick-Space Heater". YouTube. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Toe Space in Kitchen Cabinets". Kitchen Cabinet Depot. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Toe Space in Kitchen Cabinets". Kitchen Cabinet Depot. Retrieved 8 March 2015.