Kevin Dean | Kitchen Designer | Dean Cabinetry
By Kevin Dean

A guide to measuring your space.  This is the first step toward budgeting and designing your cabinetry. 

Understanding your layout is a very important step in preparing for any project.  Having an accurate set of measurements will allow you to collect accurate quotes and pricing from various companies, including your cabinetry provider.

Where do I start?

First, gather a piece of paper, a pencil, and a tape measure.

Second, sketch the room.  Mark out various spaces for windows, doorways, appliances, and other obstacles.

Key for sketching.

Third, measure the overall dimensions of the room.  From corner to corner including windows and doorways.

Fourth, work around the room and measure the various spaces.  For example if you are starting in a corner, measure from the corner to the nearest window or door.  Measure to the outside of any case moldings. Note the measurements and continue to work around the room.

Measuring the inside corner to the casing.

Measuring the distance from casing to casing.

Fifth, measure the ceiling height.

Very detailed measurements

How much detail do I need to measure?

The key details are overall length, widow, and door locations and ceiling heights.

Other details like appliance dimensions are helpful but not critical for an initial set of measurements.  Your cabinet company should come out and measure your space. They will make sure to measure all the little details.

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