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Planning - Measuring

Measuring your kitchen, bath or any other room in your home is easy, and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do it! Please be as precise as possible when you measure your room. This will help avoid any changes that may cause you to run into extra costs.

  • Do not include existing cabinetry or furniture that you do not wish to keep in your measurement.
  • For doorways with doors, draw the doorway according to the way the direction of the door swings. (See above drawing.)
  • Show all dimensions in inches. We don’t want 58” to be mistaken for 5’8”.
  • If your Dream Kitchen, Bath or other rooms will be an addition or new construction, you may be able to work from your architect or contractor’s prints.

How To Measure

  1. The tools you will need: notepad or scratch paper, graph paper, pencil, eraser, measuring tape, and a calculator.
  2. Make sure all notes and drawings are done in pencil. This will allow you to easily make changes.
  3. Start by drawing a rough draft of the shape of the room on scratch paper or notepad. Draw in doors, windows, and breaks in the wall. Include radiators, pipes, sink plumbing, etc. Do not worry about drawing to scale; this drawing will be used to record the rooms’ measurements.
  4. Start from the left corner to the first wall, window or door. Continue clockwise around the room until each window, door and wall has been measured.
  5. When measuring the windows/doors, the casing (trim) is usually considered part of the window/door. Measure from outside the window/door on the left, then measure to the outside on the right. If you plan on replacing the casing (trim), measure the inside of the window/door from left to right and make a note of the width of the casing you plan on installing.
  6. For windows, measure from the floor to the bottom of the window casing, to the top of the window casing then to the ceiling.
  7. If a soffit/bulkhead is included in your kitchen; measure the height from the floor to the bottom. Measure height from bottom to ceiling. Measure depth from front to back. Measure the full length of the soffit at the back (from left to right corner and from right to left corner).
  8. Measure from the floor to the ceiling. In older homes you may want to take measurements in various locations. Ceiling heights may vary even a few inches in the same room.
  9. Make a note of the location and size of all the electrical outlets, light switches and lighting fixtures.
  10. Measure the location of all plumbing and gas connections.
  11. Measure the location of all ducts, vents or radiators.
  12. Measure full length of each wall.
  13. Double check your measurements. Add the measurements from wall to window/door to wall, and compare them to the wall to wall measurement.
  14. Compare your measurements from one wall to the opposite wall.
  15. Using the scale of 1/2”equals 1’ or 1/4” equals 1’, transfer your correct measurements to graph paper. Start from the top left. Always be sure to double check your measurements.
  16. Don’t forget to pencil in plumbing and gas connections, ducts or radiators, outlets and light switches. (See above drawing for light switch and outlet symbols.)

Once the measurements are done and the graph paper drawn, you may want to make a few copies for your records. You may even want to sketch out some of your own ideas on the copies.

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