Measuring For Your New Kitchin
Below is a step-by-step guide for drawing and measuring your kitchen. Each step is color coded and matches the corresponding color in the sample drawing below. To make it easier to draw your kitchen we have provided a grid that can be printed and used as grid paper.
NOTE: If you are remodeling, do not include
current cabinetry or other furniture that will not be kept, such as
kitchen tables, in your measurements.
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 ).
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.
Draw in any obstructions such as radiators, pipes,
sink plumbing, etc. that you either can not, or do not, want moved.
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) As shown in the drawing below, measure from the
floor to the bottom of each window and also measure the overall
window height. If you have printed these instructions,
write the measurements in the table provided below.
||Distance from Floor to
Bottom of Window
||Height of Window
A) Beginning at the top left of your drawing, label
the windows "Window #1", "Window #2", etc. in a
B) Again, beginning at the top left of your drawing,
label the doors "Door #1", "Door #2", etc. in a
C) Next to each wall, write the name of the adjacent
room. If the wall is an "outside wall" write
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.
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.
||24" + 42" + 24" + 12"
+ 42" + 12" = 156"
||12" + 40" + 104" = 156"
||21" + 42" + 52" = 115"
||18" + 97" = 115"