How often have you found yourself in a kitchen store, not knowing how much space is between the countertop and bottom of the cabinet? This can be an important measurement to know if you are planning on installing new cabinets.
Measuring kitchen cabinets is not as easy as it sounds. There are many different ways to measure things, and some of them seem more complicated than others. In this blog post, I will show you how to measure your kitchen cabinets without using a measuring tape or ruler!
What You Need to Measure Kitchen a Cabinet
- planning grid/scratch paper
- Level ruler
- laser measuring tool
Step 1: Make a Sketch
When you want to prepare a new plan for your kitchen, it is always good to start with the basics. The first step is creating an accurate and easy-to-follow blueprint of any space.
That will be remodeled should include drawing up a sketch or rough outline on grid paper so all doors, windows, appliances (and anything else) are accounted for before moving forward. I recommend using simple symbols like these arrows below.
Which corresponded with each item’s letter designation as seen above. These can help clarify where everything goes without looking too confusing!
Step 2: Horizontal Measure
In order to avoid wasted space, take measurements from the wall edge of a cabinet and measure all four edges. Be sure to account for any existing openings like doors or windows in your measurement by taking care not to add them twice!
Step 3: Take Vertical Measure
The rough sketch should have a grid with measurements of the distance from the floor to ceiling at each corner and in the middle. One needs to measure several parts on different walls as houses can settle over time.
So it is important that one considers these factors when measuring distances between objects such as ceilings or cabinets. The height of upper cabinets is ideally 8 feet for older homes and 9 feet for newer ones; while ceilings would be around 7-8 ft high depending on home age.
But this also depends on if there are any obstructions, like an overhead light fixture. Which may make getting into certain areas difficult without assistance.
The dimensions we need will not only determine how much space you want your Kitchen furniture pieces to take up.
Step 4: Find the Center Point
Layout considerations for the kitchen include where appliances are, sink location, and windows. Measure from the center point to each appliance or window that you want to keep in your design.
If a stove is located on an island instead of against a wall measure at the end of its front leg closest to its back edge.
For water and gas lines run along walls start by measuring from one side. Until it reaches halfway across then continue over there if not found yet.
Step 5: Doors and Windows
The height and width of the windows are important in measuring your kitchen. If you have a window centered with a sink, measure both sides of the room to ensure that cabinets facing it will fit correctly.
Door sizes can also vary depending on how old your home is take measurements twice just in case!
Step 6: Floor and Ceiling Distance
It is important to measure the distance from objects on the wall and floor, as well as the ceiling. This will ensure that there are no obstacles in your way when installing cabinets.
If an object falls within an installation zone such as a window or outlet, you’ll need to make adjustments for this spacing. Accordingly by either moving them out of range or measuring their new location before re-planning space usage with our cabinet planner tool.