How To Measure Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen counter design

Contrary to what many believe, it is the kitchen, not the dining room that is the heart of the home. It’s the first place where members of your family go after reaching home from school and work. It’s the source of fantastic cooking and baking smells and a conversation stop while preparing meals and snacks. Aside from smelling wonderful, your kitchen has to be sunny, airy, and welcoming. Everything about this section of the home should be inviting including your kitchen cabinets. The best kitchen cabinets are made with glass frames and wood topped off with a beautiful finish or glaze.

If you’re embarking on a project to build and install kitchen cabinets, one of the tasks you should perform is measuring the space needed for your kitchen cabinets. The space will also translate to how large your kitchen cabinets will be. Other elements of the process will also need your attention before you even take out that measuring tape.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Make room for it. This is the first step above all else. Look around your kitchen and pick a spot where your kitchen cabinets should be. Would you like these in their usual place near your oven or would it be better placed above your sink?  You decide.
  2. Start designing. This is so much fun because it will truly reflect who you are as a home-maker and aspiring designer. Lift inspiration and ideas off the pages of design magazines or from your favorite home improvement channel. Consult an interior designer. Get your ideas on paper and draw your designs – it doesn’t have to be polished, simple sketches will be sufficient. Make as many sketches as you like. Lastly, your design should complement and enhance your kitchen.
  3. Un-clutter the space. Free the space from obstructions like framed pictures, paintings, bric-a-brac, and electrical cords. This will make it easier for you or someone else to take accurate measurements.
  4. Begin measuring. You can go at this two ways:

  • Doing it yourself. Measure depth, width, and height then write it down opposite each size, for example D (depth) = Number in Inches. Measure twice and cut once. Taking this carpenter’s mantra to heart will save you both time and money. Can you imagine the effort it will take if incorrect measurements are taken in at the store and your orders have been customized only to come up short? That’s clearly money down the drain not to mention paying your contractor additional fees to correct the work.
  • Calling in the pros. Many professional cabinet makers/installers have heard stories about people attempting to take measurements only to have the pros correct the original numbers when called in for help. You know, the pros will do it for free or in case they charge you, you won’t shed a tear over it. Go ahead and call for a home appointment. Not only will the pros measure the space, their advice on your designs and possible obstacles will prove invaluable to your project.

When you’re ready with the numbers, bring it to your interior designer or cabinet maker/installer along with clear photos taken from different angles of your kitchen.


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