Measuring your kitchen for cabinets can be easy and with our guide, we’ll show you exactly how to measure your space. Accurate measurements will help you decide what you can fit into your space, but we will send a professional out to measure your kitchen once a deposit has been made.
Start with the basics
Before you begin, make sure you have a measuring tape, pen or pencil, and a piece of grid paper. You can start by drawing the outline of your kitchen space, taking the following base measurements in inches:
- Measure each individual wall (A) where your cabinetry will be installed, including window or door openings, from corner to corner. Continue the process around the room if necessary.
- If there is a window, measure the distance from the corner of the wall to the edge of the window trim (B). Make sure to note the overall width (C) and height (D) of the opening (including the trim) and indicate the distance from the floor to the bottom of the window trim (E).
- If there is a door, measure the distance from the corner of the wall to the edge of the door trim (B). Make sure to note the overall width (C) and height (D) of the opening (including the trim). It’s important to indicate which way your door swings and to know cabinets are unable to be installed against a hollow wall with a sliding door behind it.
- Make sure to measure your ceiling height (F); we recommend measuring the distance from the floor to the ceiling at each corner of the space to ensure no major settling has occurred. It is also important to make note of any soffits, recessed ceilings, or any other existing feature that could impact the height of the wall cabinets.
Don’t forget the little things
- Double check your measurements by comparing your overall wall-to-wall dimensions (A) to the total individual wall spaces and openings (B)(C)(D).
- Note where your water sources are; this will determine where any sinks, dishwashers and other applicable appliances will go.
- Note where your electrical sources are; this will be key for placement of your stove, oven and microwave. Take note of your important outlets and wall switches.
- Record all your appliance’s dimensions. This will be helpful when determining the space required to integrate the appliance into your space. You can reference our checklist below for the most common appliances in which to consider:
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