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How To Measure For A New Kitchen
If you are renovating your kitchen, it can be a really exciting time of browsing colors, styles, and designs. Before you get too carried away, however, it’s a good idea to ensure you measure your kitchen correctly so you can see exactly what space you have to work with. Your measurements will help create a plan that will be the foundation for your new kitchen. It’s vital to ensure the measurements are precise, so it can be a little daunting knowing where to start with your measurements. It’s important to take your time and be patient and thorough to ensure you get accurate measurements. Let's look at exactly how and what to measure to make sure you have all of the important measurements you need for your new kitchen.
Whether you want all built-in units or you wish to leave some space for standalone furniture such as a table or cabinet, like this Rectangular Wooden Wine Cabinet With Multiple Storage Slots, for example, you need more than just measurements; you will need to create a plan of the room. Before you start, you’ll want to grab a pencil, a ruler and graph paper, which makes it easier to draw plans.
To get your floor measurements, start by sketching out your floor plan. It doesn’t need to be a drawing that is to scale or highly accurate; you just need to start with the rough shape of the room. It can be helpful to use graph paper. You will need to mark the features of the room, including all of the doorways, windows and archways, and you’ll need to include on the plan which way they open. Using a tape measure, you then need to measure the length and the width of the room. You will need to take several measurements. Unfortunately, walls aren’t always straight, so it’s a good idea to measure in several places along each wall. You then need to measure the widths of the windows and doors. These measurements should be taken from the outside of the frames. Once you have the measurements of the windows and doors, you need to measure the distance between them so your plan has the accurate positions.
Now it's time to add in any other features or obstacles in the room, such as the boiler, extractor fan, electrical sockets, TV outlets, light switches and anything else that might interfere with where your cabinets or appliances might go. Be sure to note the exact measurements of where these are on the wall so you have precise positioning on your plan.
Now that you have your basic floor plan, it’s time to turn your attention to the walls as you will need this to be able to plan your high-level wall cabinets and appliances. First, you will need to measure the height of each wall so you know how much space you have to work with, being careful to note the minimum heights if you have any sloping ceilings or boxed-in areas. Next, you will need to note down exactly where the doors and windows are on the walls, so you will need to measure the height above each door and the measurements above and below the windows. For example, you must measure from the floor to the window frame and from the window frame to the ceiling; take this measurement from the edge of the door frames. Now you can move on to the other features in the room that you noted on your floor plan, such as the sockets. Again, you will need to measure the distance from the floor to each item and the distance from the top of each feature to the ceiling so you have an accurate picture of where it is positioned on the wall.
Now it’s time to look at what is behind each wall so you can note on the plan whether there is outside access or there is anything blocking it on the other side. This is important if you want to move around any appliances, such as extractor hoods, so you can see where it is possible to move things without being blocked by obstacles on the other side of the wall.
Once you have the floor plan and wall plan, you are in a perfect position to be able to determine exactly how much room you have to work with and what can go where. Have fun planning your new kitchen!