How to: Measure up for a New Kitchen
Good kitchen renovations begin and end with good measurements. It’s not hard to measure accurately; after all, it’s one of the first things a novice carpenter learns. However, there are a few tricks that make it easier. This article will tell you how to measure your kitchen like a professional.
- Step 1: Measure the overall dimensions of your kitchen. Using graph paper, draw a kitchen diagram, being sure to include all doors and windows in their proper positions. Note on your diagram the length of each wall. If you’re replacing your cabinetry or any furniture, don’t include it in your measurements, but do include any that you’re keeping. Make sure you indicate the location of your sink, induction hobs, and any plumbing lines.
- Step 2: Measure and label your windows and doors. Begin at the top left of your diagram and measure to your first opening or wall. Continue around the room in a clockwise fashion until they’ve all been diagrammed. Now, label all the windows and doors #1, #2, #3, again in a clockwise fashion. Don’t forget to measure from the floor to each window bottom and to measure the height of each window.
- Step 3: Measure and identify unmovable objects. Draw a box and label on your diagram for each item such as a vent, pipe or radiator that you either can’t or don’t want to move. Measure each item, and record its depth, height and width. If the blockage reaches the ceiling, you can omit the height data, and if it doesn’t touch the floor, measure from the floor to the blockage’s bottom.
- Step 4: Measure your ceiling’s height and write it in the centre of your diagram. For those with older homes, it’s wise to take a ceiling measurement in a few different spots. Even within the same room, ceiling heights can vary by as much as a few inches from one spot to another.
- Step 5: You should also take corner measurements, as your cabinets will have to fit into these spaces. For corner measurements, you aren’t measuring length, but the angle where the walls meet. If you have cabinets that touch corners, you may not be able to take corner measurements, but they should be taken wherever possible. Get a framing square and put it in the corner, noting whether it’s exactly 90 degrees or not.
- Step 6: Check your measurements and check them again. If you have a rectangular kitchen, add up the parallel walls’ measurements and make sure they match (and if they don’t match exactly, that they’re close together).
Kitchen remodelling usually comes with upgraded appliances such as zip taps, so you should note where you want those to go. If you’ve chosen appliances, measure them in-store and add those measurements to your diagram. If you haven’t selected any appliances, measure the places where your current ones are located and include those measurements. Renovating your kitchen doesn’t have to be hard, but it can be if you start off incorrectly. Taking accurate measurements can help you choose the right cabinets and appliances, and it will mean a kitchen that satisfies your needs comfortably.