Measuring Your Kitchen for New Cabinets: A Step-by-Step Guide
Are you looking into remodeling your kitchen with new cabinets? Before you start, remember that the best kitchen remodeling plans start with taking accurate measurements.
We, at McCarren Supply, have created this straightforward step-by-step guide to help you get the most accurate measurements.
Things you’ll need:
- Measuring tape
Step 1: Make a Rough Sketch
Draw a rough sketch of your kitchen. Use grid paper, and label all appliances, windows, and doors. Make sure you mark electrical, plumbing, and vents. You can also mark your new cabinet layout here.
Step 2: Measure Your Walls
Measure the overall length of the wall, and write it down. If possible, start measuring your wall from an adjoining corner. Measure from wall edge to wall edge, and ignore everything else for the moment to get the total space. Repeat this step if you plan to have cabinets on multiple walls.
Step 3: Take Vertical Measurements
Next, measure the distance from the floor to the ceiling at each corner. On the sketch, also note the middle of the wall. As the house might have settled, it’s a good idea to measure several parts of the wall. If your home has a soffit, measure from its bottom down to the floor.
Step 4: Record Obstructions
Some examples of obstructions include radiators, pipes, or vents, as they can’t easily be removed. You may also record the distance between objects on the wall and the floor and ceiling as this can help ensure that there are no obstacles in the cabinet’s way. Identify all large appliances, fixtures, and furniture. Mark the center point of all your permanent features as well.
Step 5: Measure Existing Cabinets
The existing cabinets should give an idea of what will fit, so measure their height, width, and depth. Take note of additional features, like a toe kick or an oversized countertop. If you’re only replacing your kitchen cabinets, these measurements should help.
Once you have the accurate measures on your plan, you can quickly narrow down suitable cabinets by length, width, and depth. Kitchen remodeling is no easy task, but follow these steps, and you should have an accurate kitchen plan you can follow.