How to measure your kitchen for new cabinets

 
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Getting the right measurements for your existing kitchen is essential to the design process. Even though they won't be the final measurement that your cabinets will be built off of, these initial dimensions allow a designer to get an idea of what your space looks like. With these in mind, they can begin planning your new kitchen.

We've created this easy, step by step guide in order to help you get the most accurate measurements you can. Each step is pictured below to illustrate how your layout should look. Follow along using one of our Layout Grids (click here to download), and your designer will thank you!

 

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Step 1: Measure the space

Start by mapping out your space. It's also important to note the exact location and dimensions of any doors, windows, and electrical outlets. Doing this will give your designer an accurate place to start with designing your new kitchen.

Walls.  Pick a wall to start from and work around the room clockwise, measuring each wall as you come to it.

Openings.  Note the location, width, and height of doors and windows. Be sure to include the trim around these openings in your measurements.

Electrical Outlets.  Note the location and height of each one.

Ceiling Height.  Measure from the finished floor to the finished ceiling. Take 3 separate measurements at different points in the room. This is very important to make sure there is a consistent height throughout your space.

 

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Step 2: Note your appliances

After you've finished measuring the room itself, you'll want to take detailed notes about your appliances. Whether you intend to re-use or you plan on getting new appliances, getting exact measurements is crucial to meeting manufacturer specifications.

Appliances.  As you make your way across each wall, measure to the center of your oven, stove, and fridge. Also note the width of each appliance.

Sink Center.  It's especially important to note the center of your sink. If you want to change the location of your sink cabinet, look under your sink at the drain, water supply lines, and electrical. Locating these three items will help you determine if you will be able to move your sink easily

Model Numbers.  To design a kitchen correctly we will need to know the appliances you intend to use, so write down the model number along with the dimensions of each appliance.

 

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Step 3: Work in your ideas

Now that you've got the technical aspects out of the way, you can get to the fun part! 

Start thinking about what features you will need in your day to day use, focusing on the ideas rather than dimensions. You want to come away with a kitchen perfectly suited to your lifestyle, so it’s okay to take some time to plan it out. Work in different features like Lazy Susans, Spice Pullouts, or Trash Pullouts in the spaces that you use the most!

 
Julianna Jewell