July 10, 2016

How to measure your Kitchen

Hi peeps,

Today we will talk about how to measure your kitchen.  This really is an important step when it comes to designing your kitchen.  Doing it right will save you a lot of time and headache later.  We actually heard some funny stories from the sales rep at Lowes.  He told us that most people don’t take the time to measure their kitchen right.  Instead they just walk in with a piece of string and say “well, this is the length of wall a, and this is the length of the other wall”.  I thought he was kidding me but I guess this really happens.  Of course hubby is a perfectionist and he did an amazing job measuring our kitchen.  The sales rep was pretty impressed which made me really proud, dorky I know.

So without further ado let’s step right in and learn how to measure your kitchen.

What tools do you need:

  • Tape measure
  • Gridded paper
  • Pencil and highlighter

How to Measure your kitchen:

  1. Start by drawing an outline of your kitchen and then draw each wall individually
  2. Measure the length of each wall: pretty simple just measure from one corner of your wall to the other and write down your measurements. Tip: Make sure that you mark each wall on your paper, hubby marked them south, north and east wall.
  3. Measure the height of each wall and soffits if existing: same thing, measure the height at different spots on your wall and write down your measurements.  We did have a soffit so hubby measured the length of it as well as the depth and the height.
  4. Measure windows and doors: We didn’t have any doors but we do have a window so at first we measured the window itself (height and width), then we measured from the ceiling to the top of the window, from the floor to the window sill and then from left corner to the left side of the window and from the right corner to the right side of the window.  Trims around the window are part of the window so make sure you measure those as well, in our case we didn’t have any trims so it was really simple.  Mark the window on your plan and write down all the measurements.
  5. Measure appliances: In our case Hubby went ahead and bought appliances first so we measured them since we wanted to keep.  If you want to hold on to any appliances make sure you measure them and write down your measurements.
  6. Mark electrical like switches, outlets, range hookup, light fixtures, heating vents and existing plumbing for each wall.

So that was pretty much how we did it, the job was easy to do and it didn’t took us too long since we did it together.  Hubby went ahead and did more precise drawings of each wall and our kitchen outline.  This made it a lot easier for the sales rep but wasn’t really necessary.

And with that I am wrapping up our post for today, I hope this will be helpful to you.

If you like this post make sure to check out how to design your kitchen in 5 basic steps!

Thanks so much for stopping by.


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  • Reply Rebekah @ My DIY Family July 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Great info! My hubs and I actually just went through measuring and drawing up a sketch of our kitchen a couple days ago! We are doing some "quick fixes" in our kitchen. We will eventually be gutting everything, but until we are ready for that massive project we are doing a few things to make it a little more tolerable! 😉

  • Reply Sabrina T July 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    That's wonderful! I totally understand where you are coming from. Doing a kitchen from scratch is such a major project and you really need to prepared for it. I had to do the dishes in the bathroom sink for a week until we decided to switch to paper plates and pizza for dinner, lol! What are your plans for the kitchen?

  • Reply Mary Zaragoza July 29, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Love your blog and your renovations. I've done long distance relationships in the past and can relate with you experiences! Best of luck! 🙂

  • Reply Sabrina T July 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you Mary for saying this! I know long distance can be tough but luckily hubby will be home soon. Thank you, best of luck to you too!

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