Whether designing your dream kitchen from scratch or revamping an existing one, the best-laid plans start with proper measurements. We will get precise measurements during the design process with an in-home visit, but use this grid to get some basic measurements for us to start the kitchen conversation. Don’t forget to include any openings like doors and windows on your drawing!
TOOLS NEEDED TO MEASURE YOUR KITCHEN FOR A REMODEL
- Tape Measure
- Graph or blank paper (you can download graph paper here)
- Helpful to have two people and an extra set of hands!
TIPS BEFORE YOU START
- Start with the first wall on the left and work to your right.
- Round off each measurement to the nearest 1/8”
- Measure twice before marking measurements on the graph paper.
- Measure your current space.
- If you plan to make big changes (like moving walls or plumbing) make a second drawing measuring where you plan to move things to.
START WITH THE OVERALL OUTLINE OF YOUR KITCHEN
Make a rough drawing of the shape of the room as a floor plan. Represent each wall, door, window and any protrusions or recessed areas.
Starting from a corner of the room, measure the overall length of each wall in your kitchen. Take this measurement above the countertop and go wall to wall (not including the backsplash).
*If you measure from backsplash to backsplash, add in the thickness of your backspash to the overall wall measurement.*
Measure your ceiling height and any soffits in your kitchen
MEASURING OPENINGS IN YOUR KITCHEN
Make sure to measure the wall width to the outside of the casing (window trim) AND to the center of the window. If you are planning to change the window trim and/or window, notate that and have the measurements of the new trim or window.
Add the measurement to the center of the window from the closest wall.
Is your sink under a window? Notate if your sink is centered under the window!
Meausring doors & walkway openings:
Measure the height and width of the door. *Don’t forget the door trim!*
Notate how a door swings (into the kitchen or out of the kitchen) or if there is no door.
Meausring appliances & plumbing:
Measure the current appliances sizes and locations in the kitchen as well as the sink(s) size and location.
Notate or Measuree any heating ductwork or baseboards:
Do you have ductwork running under your current cabinets? Are there baseboards in your ktichen? Notate and measure where these are currently in your space.
NOTE: When measuring doors and windows don’t forget to include the outside edge to outside edge of casing or trim.