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How To Measure For A New Kitchen
A kitchen renovation is a big undertaking, and the single most important part of the task is measuring the kitchen correctly. The measurements you take at the very start are the foundation of the new kitchen, helping you to create an accurate plan that will allow you to design the kitchen of your dreams. Taking the correct measurements can be a lengthy process, and it can be difficult to know exactly what and where you need to measure to build up a plan of the room. To help you with the task, we outline exactly what you need, where to measure and how to measure. Our tips will allow you to take accurate and precise measurements so you can easily design your perfect kitchen.
What you will need
It’s an easier task if you have everything on hand before you start. First, you’ll need a measuring tape, a ruler and a pencil. Because this is an important task, don’t just note the details down on a scrap of paper; grab a decent-sized sheet of paper and if you can, use graph paper as this is easier for drawing plans and straight lines.
Start by getting the floor measurements. To get these, you need to start with a rough sketch of the floor plan of your kitchen. There’s no need for the drawing to be completely to scale, but you need a sketch of the room showing the shape of the kitchen. Measure the length and the width and keep in mind that walls are not always straight, so it’s best to take more than one measurement. Measuring several times along each wall, note the measurements on your sketch so your plan is accurate.
Once you have this plan, you can add the features of the kitchen to the plan. These features include the doorways or archways and windows. You should also note down on the plan which way the doors and windows open. Now you can measure the widths of the doors, archways and windows, and you need to do this from the outside of the frames. Add these measurements to the plan and then carefully measure the distance between the doors and windows. These measurements allow you to build up an accurate plan of the precise position of these features on the floor plan.
Next, look around the kitchen for any other features and obstacles that will need to be noted on the plan. Ensure you include everything that could end up obstructing the placement of your kitchen cabinets and appliances. Note down the electrical sockets, TV sockets, light switches, boiler, extractor fans, and any other obstructions in the room.
Once you have your detailed floor plan, you should note down what is behind each wall. It is important to be aware of any obstacles or access points that could affect where appliances are placed.
The floor plan is the foundation for your kitchen design, and it allows you to see the real size of the kitchen and plan the base units. However, in order to plan the higher-level units and appliances, you need to create a plan of the walls. You may want to have cabinets or perhaps shelves to display attractive items such as the Spiegelau 21.9 Oz Vino Grande Bordeaux Set but whatever you want on your walls, you need to know the height you have available. It is important to measure the minimum heights, so look for boxed-in areas and sloping ceilings that will obstruct any wall cabinets.
You have the locations of the doors and windows on the floor plans, so now you need to add the measurements of exactly how high they are on the walls. Take the measurement from the above each door up, from the outside of the frame up to the ceiling. Do the same for the windows, again taking the measurement from the edge of the top of the frame up the ceiling and then from the edge of the bottom of the frame down to the floor. You can now do the same for all of the other features on the plan, so you can see exactly where they are positioned on the wall.
The detailed plans you have created from all of your careful measurements will allow you to create your new kitchen as you will be able to see exactly what space you have available