National Kitchen & Bath Association

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National Kitchen & Bath Association
National Kitchen & Bath Association logo.svg
FounderLeon Raider
TypeNonprofit organization
PurposeWe envision a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces.[1]
HeadquartersHackettstown, New Jersey, United States
14,000 companies
Lorenzo Marquez
Chief Executive Officer
Bill Darcy

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a not-for-profit trade association that represents the kitchen and bath industry.[2] It has almost 14,000 member companies across North America. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has grown into a broader association of distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, cabinet and appliance installers, designers, and other professionals. The NKBA's certification program offers continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry.

The organization is a leading advocate of Universal design, the principles which allow best use of kitchens and baths by disabled and aging residents.[3]


The organization was founded near Philadelphia in 1963, and was originally known as the American Institute of Kitchen Dealers.[4] The founding was inspired by an open letter written by Leon Raider of Kitchen Kompact,[5] a cabinet company founded in 1937. H. Dean Church was the group's first president.[5]

Its goals of "education, consumer awareness and networking" have remained consistent over the years.[4] Within six months, the group was conducting its first training sessions. The organization sponsored its first independent trade show and convention in New York in 1965, attracting 1473 people representing 361 retailers and 128 manufacturers and distributors.[5]

The group conducted its first kitchen design competition in 1965, which drew 30 entries and was judged by a panel that included the editor of McCall's magazine.[5] The group merged with the National Kitchen Distributors Association in 1966.[5] That same year, its conference included the first session on use of computers for management and accounting in the kitchen industry.[5] It began certifying kitchen designers in 1968.[4] Robert Weiland, a founding member, was the first "Certified Kitchen Designer".[5] Today, there are approximately 1500. In 1972, the group began collaborating with the University of Illinois Small Homes Council to develop technical manuals for the industry.[5]

The group formed its first Canadian chapter in 1977.[5] It later organized affiliates in New Zealand and Australia.[5] In 1978, it began offering a week long business management training program in cooperation with the University of Notre Dame.[5] The name was changed to the National Kitchen & Bath Association in 1983.[4]

Its first African American president, Joshua McClure, was elected in 1974, and its first woman president, Martha Kerr, was elected in 1985.[5] In 1987, the NKBA partnered with Auburn University to create its first accredited college program, and Ed Yeargan received the first Bachelor of Science degree in Kitchen and Bath Design the following year.[5]


The 2017 chairman is Lorenzo Marquez.[6]

Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS)[edit]

In 1964, the American Institute of Kitchen Dealers (now NKBA) launched its first Kitchen Show[5] and drew approximately 24 exhibitors and 250 attendees. In 1981, the AIKD Kitchen Show changed its name to the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). That show, initially a very small gathering, has grown to be the centerpiece of North America's Kitchen and Bath industry. Since 2014, the show has been held in conjunction with the International Builders' Show (IBS), sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).[5] Other construction-related trade shows are held at the same time, and the coordinated events are called Design & Construction Week.


In August 2016, the Association published its study, "Size of Kitchens in New U.S. Single Family Homes"[7] that found the average kitchen in newly built single-family homes is 161 square feet, or just under 13 feet by 13 feet.

In January 2017, the NKBA released its "Estimated Market Value for the Kitchen and Bath Remodeling and New Residential Construction Markets"[8] report that found that the $134 billion industry is segmented into a kitchen and bath remodel and replacement market of $85 billion for existing homes, and a similar market for new homes of $48.6 billion.

That same month the Association released a member survey "2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report"[9] that highlighted the year's popular trends.

Training of skilled labor[edit]

In January 2017, the NKBA launched its "Trade UP"[10] initiative to encourage students to seek careers in the design, construction,[11] and manufacturing fields.


In July 2016, the NKBA relaunched its quarterly magazine now rebranded as NKBA Innovation+Inspiration. It is published by SGC Horizon publications.

The NKBA has published books about kitchen and bath design for decades. Its most comprehensive work is the nine volume Professional Resource Library, published in conjunction with John Wiley & Sons,[12] which totals 3024 pages.


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  2. ^ Sloan Cline, Lydia (2014). Architectural Drafting for Interior Designers. A&C Black. pp. 4, 164. ISBN 9781628920963.
  3. ^ Null, Roberta (2013). Universal Design: Principles and Models. CRC Press. pp. 22, 27, 57. ISBN 9781466505292.
  4. ^ a b c d "NKBA Celebrates 50 Years of Leadership through Learning". Kitchen & Bath Business. April 16, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "50 Years of Leadership Through Learning: NKBA Milestones". Kitchen & Bath Design News. 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "NKBA Announces 2017 Chairman and Board of Directors". Kitchen & Bath Design News. December 1, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "NKBA Study Examines Average Kitchen Size in U.S." Kitchen & Bath Business. October 10, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "Americans Love Their Kitchens and Baths: NKBA Research Pegs Industry Value at $134 billion". Yahoo Finance. January 11, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "NKBA Survey: What Design Choices are Trending in Kitchen and Baths". Builder Online. January 12, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "NKBA Seeks to Inspire New Generation to "Trade UP" to Lucrative Vocational Careers in Design, Construction & Manufacturing". Yahoo Finance. January 17, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "NKBA with KBIS Supports New Philanthropic Campaign from This Old House". Kitchen & Bath Business. December 20, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  12. ^ National Kitchen & Bath Association (2015). NKBA Professional Resource Library, 9 Volume Set. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781119058533.

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