Measuring for Your New Kitchen

Below is an easy to use, step-by-step guide for making a drawing and measuring your kitchen. To make it easier to draw your kitchen we have provided a grid that can be printed and used as grid paper.

You can download grid paper that will help you map out your kitchen. Click Here.

NOTE

If you are remodeling, do not draw in your current cabinetry or other furniture that will not be kept, such as kitchen tables, in your document.

NOTE

All of your measurements should be in inches. For example, if you measure a wall that is 10 feet, write it as 120″ ( a quotation mark (“) denotes inches ). Please be as accurate as possible.

Step 1

Start by drawing a rough outline of your kitchen. Use the below generic symbols in your drawing for doors and windows.

NOTE

Please make sure you show the way doors swing.

Step 2

Include in your drawing any obstructions such as radiators, heating ducts, pipes, sink plumbing, etc. that are not planned to be moved.

Step 3

A)Please 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:

Remember that when measuring doors and windows the trim is considered part of the door or window and needs to be included as part of the measurement. Use the picture below as a guide.

B) Measure the ceiling height and write it in the center of your drawing. With older homes, it is a good idea to take measurements in a few different areas of the kitchen because ceiling heights may vary considerably.

C) Follow the direction pictured in the drawing below, measure from the floor to the bottom of each window and also measure the overall window height.

Step 4

A) Start at the top left of your drawing, label the windows “Window #1”, “Window 2”, etc. in a clockwise order to minimize confusion.

B) 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.” This is an important step!

Step 5

A) Measure any object such as radiators, pipes, heating vents, etc. that you either can not, or do not, want moved. If the object is close to a wall, measure out from the wall to the edge of the object.

B) Measure from the second closest wall to the edge of the object.

C) If the object does not span the full height of the room, measure the height of the object.

Final Step

Check your measurements carefully for acuracy. 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.