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How to Measure Your Kitchen

How to Measure Your Kitchen

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1– Begin with a piece of graph paper or print on Enclosed Graph PDF. Sketch out the basic shape of the kitchen. While this does not have to be to scale, it is helpful to keep to some guidelines – eg. 1 box is 6″ or l2″.

2– Measure each outside wall’s total length from one corner to the other. No space is absolutely square, so take 3 measurements of each wall; one from the floor, one mid way up , and one at the ceiling. The smallest measurement is the one to work with.

3– Sketch in windows, doors, interior walls, recessed areas, protrusions, islands, peninsulas, or other features.

4– For windows and doors, measure to the outside edges of surrounding trim.

5– Mark the locations of where the appliances will go, as well as where the current gas, water, and electric lines are located. If you are putting in new appliances, try to have the widths of any new stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators ready at the time of design. (Aside from Microwaves, most appliances are fairly standard in widths: 30″ or 36″ for stoves, cooktops may be 42′ or 48″, 24″ for dishwashers, I5″ or l8″ for trash compactors, and 30″ to 36″ for refrigerators – or up to 48″ for built-ins). Be sure to include new services such as a water line for an icemaker, or under cabinet outlets for water filters, wine coolers, or garbage disposals.

6– Measure each wall section from the corner to the feature (doorway, window etc.), and from feature to feature. For the sink, measure from the comer to the middle of the sink. Be sure that all of these sections add up to the total length of the wall.

7– For height, measure from floor to ceiling in several places and use the smaller measurement. For vaulted, or offset ceilings, record the increased height at the point in the diagram where the higher ceiling begins. Remember to include any soflits, measuring both height and depth, as the cabinets will be mounted below.

8– Using a “$” symbol or a different color, mark the current location of any switches or outlets.