Installing Kitchen Cabinets: Step 1 - Measuring

MEASURING YOUR SPACE:

1. Make a rough sketch of your kitchen, large enough to fit all measurements and notes.

2. Start in one corner and measure along the wall until you reach a door or window.

3. Measure the width of all doors and windows from outside of trim to outside of trim.

When measuring windows, also include:
- Distance from floor to bottom of sill.
- Height of window, including trim.
- Distance from top of window to ceiling or soffit.

When measuring doors, also include:
- Height of door, including trim.
- Distance from top of door to ceiling or soffit.
- The direction the door swings.

4. Continue measuring around the room until you reach your starting point.

5. Measure from floor to ceiling or soffit.

6. Measure across the wall to the center of your sink plumbing.

7. Measure the location of all electrical outlets, air vents, water lines & gas lines.

8. Measure all appliances (width x height x depth).

MEASURING HINTS

  • Use a steel tape measure for accuracy.
  • Record all measurements in inches.
  • Double-check each measurement.

Measure Kitchen Floor:

Measure Doors & Windows:

Measure Your Appliances:

Stove
W -
H -
D -
Sink
W -
H -
D -
DW
W -
H -
D -
Micro
W -
H -
D -
Fridge
W -
H -
D -
Other
W -
H -
D -

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