Measuring for a Kitchen Renovation

Measuring your space is the first step you will need to take when getting an estimate for a kitchen renovation/remodel. Often, this is the requirement of the homeowner and you will need to bring in your preliminary measurements when you meet with your kitchen designer for your first appointment. Here are some helpful tips when you’re measuring for a kitchen renovation.

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START WITH A SKETCH:   Draw a “Birds Eye” sketch of the space related to the project. Don’t worry this doesn’t have to be pretty or to scale… Just a simple sketch is all you need.

Be sure to include:

  • Walls (even walls currently without cabinets).
  • Windows, Doorways, Pass-through areas.
  • Plumbing, Major Electrical (ex: stove), and Gas line locations.
  • Current Appliance Locations.

Once your sketch is complete, it’s time to measure your space. It’s always best if you have someone there to help you with this task. This way your helper can assist you when measuring and verify the recorded measurements.


MEASURE:  Measure all of the following:

All Inside Wall Dimensions
PRO TIP – Measure in one direction (example: clockwise) to ensure you are working on one direction.

Windows, Doorways, Pass-troughs
PRO TIP – For Windows, please be sure to measure the outside of the casings and take note of the current casing width.

Window Center Points
PRO TIP – Measure from one side to the exact center of the window. Your professional cabinet designer will be eternally grateful for this.

Current Appliance and Sink Locations
Mark all of the current locations of your sink, stove, fridge, cooktop, wall oven, microwave, etc. PRO TIP – Measure your existing appliances if you plan on keeping any of your existing appliances. If you are buying new appliances, it’s always best to have an idea of the desired sizes you would like for your new kitchen.

Plumbing, Major Electrical (example: stove) and Gas line locations
PRO TIP – When analyzing plumbing, please be sure to take special note as to whether or not you have any pipes running through your exiting base or upper cabinets.

Floor to Ceiling Height
PRO TIP – Measure your ceiling in multiple locations and take note of any inconsistencies.

Existing Bulkheads, Beams, Boxed/Closed in Pipes, Chimneys, Baseboard Heaters, or any other Random Structural Elements
PRO TIP – Take lots of pictures of these items, as they can have a huge impact on the final design.

SUMMARY:  Measuring your space should be fun and not a chore. Although measuring sounds difficult, we see it as a therapeutic journey to really uncover what you dislike about your current kitchen. Take note of things you dislike about your current kitchen as you are measuring, as this will serve as a great starting point during your consultation. Don’t worry, 99.9% of the time the hired firm will come to your home and verify the measurements for most supply and installed jobs at the appropriate time. If you aren’t up to measuring your kitchen, most kitchen and bath firms offer measuring services for hire.

Take a few pictures of your existing space for your Kitchen Designer, as this will serve as a great visual tool for them. You can email your pictures in advance or bring them to your first appointment on your phone or tablet.

If in doubt, make a note and ask, have fun and always be safe when operating a tape measure.



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