What You Need:
- Measuring tape
- Paper/graph paper
Before you begin measuring your kitchen space, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind:
- Accuracy is key. In order to ensure that your installation goes smoothly, your measurements must be accurate. Inaccurate or mislabeled dimensions can lead to a major setback in your remodel. Take all of your measurements at least twice to prevent any mistakes. Start with a rough draft and redo it later to perfect it.
- Label everything. Be sure to indicate the precise locations of all openings (windows, doorways, entryways), obstructions (soffits, vents, pipes), and utilities (water lines, drains, gas lines, and electrical outlets). Also indicate the intended locations and dimensions of all appliances.
Measure your walls from corner to corner, above any windows or openings. Start with the wall closest to you on your left and work your way around the room, measuring each wall from left to right.
Openings include windows, doorways, entryways, etc.
Horizontal Measurement: First measure from the left corner of the wall to the left of the opening. Next measure the width of the opening, including the trim. Finally, measure from the right edge of the trim to the right corner of the wall. If you intend on changing the trim, indicate this and inform your designer.
Vertical Measurement: First measure from the floor to the window sill. Next measure from the bottom of the window to the top, including the trim. Finally measure from the edge of the top of the window sill to the ceiling. Keep in mind that you must include the trim when measuring the height of the window, and measure from the edge of the trim when measuring the space between the window and the floor or the window and the ceiling.
Measure from your floor to ceiling in at least three different locations in your kitchen. In some homes, the ceiling height may vary at different points in the room. Use the smallest measurement that you find.
Obstructions include soffits, vents, pipes, radiators, or any objects that won’t be moved during the remodel. After taking the dimensions, indicate obstructions by drawing a box and labeling it with an “X”.
If you plan on keeping the same utilities (such as any water lines, gas lines, electrical outlets, air vents, etc), indicate them on your drawing. Measure from the nearest wall to the center point of these objects.
Take the dimensions of the appliances that you have or intend to purchase, and indicate their intended location on the drawing.