Helpful information to get a head start.
Measuring your space is a critical step in determining your room layout. Here is a simple guide outlining the tools you’ll need, step by step instructions and some important tips.
Have a frame of reference
Your designer will visit your home to conduct a proper measure before ordering your cabinets; however, having rough dimensions and images of your existing space for the initial meeting is helpful in determining the overall scope of the project.
Supplies you’ll need:
- A 25’ long tape measure
- Pad of graph paper
- A pencil or pen and a highlighter
- An extra set of hands
Measuring your space step-by-step
- Draw an outline of the room
- Measure and note the ceiling height
- Measure and note all overall wall lengths
- Start in the corner and measure the location of each obstacle on each wall. This includes windows, doors and pipe chases. Measure windows and doors from outside edge to outside edge of casing. Record the height, width and depth of each object.
- Identify and note existing plumbing, electrical and lighting centerlines on all walls including:
- Sink and refrigerator plumbing
- Range hook-up (gas or electric)
- Light switches
- Electric outlets (including those that may move)
- Lighting Fixtures – ceiling, can lights, including areas lighting will be added
- Phone jacks if applicable and or charging port locations
- Heating/Air Vents (wall and floor)
- Don’t forget to record the height from the finished floor for windows, outlets and vents.
- Measure any free-standing furniture pieces or appliances (refrigerators to the top of the hinge) that will remain in the room.
- Check corner “squareness” at the floor, top of base cabinet, and top of wall cabinet height levels to determine if there may be issues during installation. To check corner “squareness”:
- Mark a point 3 feet out from the corner of one wall
- Mark a point 4 feet out from the corner of the adjacent wall
- Measure the distance between the points– if the distance is 5’, the corner is square! If the walls are not square, no worries– a good installer will use shims between the cabinet and wall to work around any issues.
- For any appliance changes, have an electrician check the electrical service panel to ensure the existing service can handle the change. If attic or basement walls will be affected by the renovation, make sue that any plumbing or venting changes are verified by the proper professional.