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How to Measure Your Kitchen

Drawing And Planning Tips

Measuring your kitchen can seem a daunting task. Our handy step-by-step guide takes you through the process and identifies the various elements you'll need to measure in order to get accurate dimensions.

NOTE: If you are remodeling, do not include in your measurements current cabinetry or other furniture that will not be kept, such as kitchen tables. NOTE: All of your measurements should be in inches. For example, if you measure a wall that is 10 feet, write it as 120"

STEP 1 Draw a rough outline of your kitchen. Use the following symbols in your drawing for doors and windows.

NOTE: For doorways with doors, draw the doorway according to which way the door swings.

STEP 2 Draw in any obstructions, such as radiators, pipes, sink plumbing, etc., that you either cannot move or do not want to move. STEP 3 A) Beginning at the top left corner of your drawing measure to the first window, door, or wall. Continue clockwise around the room until each wall, window and door has been measured. Note: When measuring doors and windows the trim is considered part of the door or window. As shown in the drawing below, measure from the outside of the trim on one side to the outside of the trim on the other side. B) Measure the ceiling height and write it in the center of your drawing. Sometimes, especially with older homes, it is a good idea to take measurements in a few different areas of the kitchen. Ceiling heights, even in the same room, can sometimes vary by as much as a few inches.

C) Measure from the floor to the bottom of each window and also measure the overall window height.

STEP 4 A) Beginning at the top left of your drawing, label the windows "Window #1", "Window #2", etc. in a clockwise order. B) Again, beginning at the top left of your drawing, label the doors "Door #1", "Door #2", etc. in a clockwise order. C) Next to each wall, write the name of the adjacent room. If the wall is an "outside wall" write "exterior wall."

STEP 5 A) Measure any obstructions such as radiators, pipes, etc. that you either can not, or do not, want moved. If the obstruction is close to a wall, measure out from the wall to the edge of the obstruction. B) Measure from the second closest wall to the edge of the obstruction. C) If the obstruction does not span the full height of the room, measure the height of the obstruction.

FINAL STEP Check your measurements. If your room is rectangular add up the measurements of the parallel walls and make sure they match (or are at least very close). For example, in our sample drawing, you would take the overall measurements of the top wall and add them together. Then do the same with the bottom wall. Once you have added each walls measurements check the totals to see if they match. Top Wall: 24" + 42" + 24" + 12" + 42" + 12" = 156"

Bottom Wall: 12" + 40" + 104" = 156"

Left Wall: 21" + 42" + 52" = 115"

Right Wall: 18" + 97" = 115"

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