Correct measurement of the area is critical to the success of your project. This guide will help you in the process.
Most rooms have walls, windows, doors, floors and ceilings. The key to ordering the correct cabinets is to take the following measurements of the area where the cabinets need to fit:
- Height – How tall is the space
- Width – How wide is the area
- Depth – from the back of the cabinet to the front
It is important to measure the entire room. It is better to measure too much than not enough.
5 Steps to successfully measuring a room
1. Go into the room you are redesigning and bring the following items:
- Tape measure
- Scratch paper
2. Imagine where in the room you’d like cabinets:
- Remember you have things in the room that you usually need or want: sink, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher. These items usually aren’t moved because of the water and electrical needs.
- Larger kitchens sometimes have different work areas including separate cook tops, oversized sinks or separate rinse sinks.
Take all these components into account as you imagine the new design.
3. Now that you have a picture in mind, measure the area. You should measure the area in two ways. The entire floor plan of the room, and wall by wall. There are two examples shown below.
- Use the scratch paper. This is just the first drawing, it will be redrawn.
- Measure, Measure, Measure – It is better to have too many measurements than not enough
Note: Anytime you measure a window or door, measure from outside the trim. Cabinets can’t be hung on the trim.
4. Locate your current plumbing and electrical and indicate them on the drawing.
- Is your layout staying the same? Indicate where these are now.
- If you are changing the layout of the room, make sure you indicate where the electrical and plumbing will be located. Review your layout again to make sure they have been located correctly.
5. Take your rough drawings to Robert for some fine tuning on your design.