The best way to measure for your new kitchen

The first step in planning for new kitchen cabinets is taking measurements to see what space you have.

All you need for this task is a tape measure, a pencil, some paper or this planning grid that we like to use in store.

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Taking accurate measurements is very important to getting the exact size cabinets and bench tops you will need for a successful kitchen remodel.

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Step 1: What to measure first? You want the overall length of the wall, and write it down. If your using the grid we supplied draw a line and mark the length of the wall. Always start measuring you walls from an adjoining corner if possible. Measure from wall edge to wall edge, getting the total space, ignoring appliances, fixtures and windows for the moment.

Step 2: Measure the Windows and Appliances If there is a window you will be centering the sink on, measure from the wall edge to the casing of that window and note that on your grid. Then measure the window from casing edge to casing edge, marking that and then take the measurement of the remainder of the wall. Measure and mark any other windows in the kitchen. Any appliances or fixtures that will not / cannot be moved, like a gas stove, an existing kitchen island, should be marked on the layout as well.

Step 3: Mark the fixtures. If you have a sink that is centered on a window, start with that wall. Clearly mark where all electrical, plumbing and vents currently are, they can all be moved to fit your remodeled layout during the construction phase if required to do so.

Step 4: Measure the kitchen wall height. Take the tape measure to get the distance from the floor to the ceiling at each corner and the middle of each wall and make note of that on the sheet. Knowing this will allow you to choose the proper height you want your wall cabinets to be, based on the benchtop clearance and if the cabinets will have any space below the ceiling or go all the way up. Make note of any recessed ceilings, bulkheads or any other feature existing in the room that could impact the height of the wall cabinets.

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