Thinking of a New Kitchen? Here Are the Measurements You’ll Need

September 20, 2017

If you’re planning on remodeling the kitchen that you currently have, it’s important to have accurate kitchen measurements. Here are the important ones you’ll need to bring to your consultation with an interior designer or cabinet dealer.  

How to Measure your Kitchen  

To start measuring, you’ll need a steel measuring tape, a piece of graph paper and a pencil.  Draw a rough outline of your kitchen space, including any doors, windows, walkways, or other openings to the space. Label these on the sketch of your kitchen floorplan. You’ll label the different parts of your sketch with your measurements, which the designer will use to create a scale floorplan.

To do this task more efficiently, you may need a partner to hold one end of the measuring tape for you. Here is a list of the measurements you will need for creating your new kitchen. When measuring, be sure to use inches rather than feet and inches. Take measurements to the nearest 1/8th of an inch.

  • Working clockwise or from left to right and starting at the main entry of your kitchen, measure the full length of each wall of the entire kitchen space. These measurements should also include all windows and doorways. If you have light fixtures that are hung from the ceiling, be sure to mark these on your kitchen sketch as well. Record each measurement and note it to the corresponding point on your floorplan sketch.
  • After doing this, go around the room again and measure each section of the kitchen such as the openings for the refrigerator, stove, sink, and pantry. When you measure across doorways and windows, be sure to include the trim area around the opening in your measurements. Also,
  • record the amount of space from each corner to these openings. Start from the corner and go to the edge of any trim. You should be able to add up the lengths of each space along a wall and get your full wall measurement.
  • Next, you will need to measure from the back wall to the edge of the countertop for each counter section. Then measure the height of each window from the bottom down to the floor.
  • You will also need to take measurements of the ceiling height in your kitchen.  This will help you and your kitchen designer to calculate the optimum height for kitchen upper cabinets should be. To get an accurate measurement of height from ceiling to floor, measure in at least two different places and make note of these heights on the corresponding location on your plan. If your kitchen ceiling is sloped, make a note of it.
  • The last step is to measure across all appliances in the kitchen. Make a list of what you currently have now and record the width, depth and height of each kitchen appliance. Having the brands and models also noted on the plan can also be a great help to you and your kitchen contractor.
  • If you are considering adding new appliances in your remodel, be sure to get measurements of them and note their placement within your kitchen sketch.  You can find these at either an appliance retailer or on the manufacturer’s website.
  • Make note the location of all outlets for electrical, gas and plumbing as well as radiators, vents, floor registers, or other obstructions. If you don’t have access to any of these, make an approximation on your sketch of where they would be located along the wall of your kitchen.
  • If you currently have a kitchen island, measure its length, width and height and the amount of space between its countertop and the countertops next to it on all sides.

When you have all of these measurements in hand, along with any pictures that you have taken of your existing kitchen space, you’ll have a great starting point for your design consultation and get the most out of your time. With this information, your designer will have a better idea of what options will work for your space and help you avoid any crucial missteps. Taking a little time to do this first will save a lot of time and money later.


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