Measuring a space may seem intimidating but trust us it’s not all that difficult. Especially if you follow some basic principles and our step-by-step guide to measuring accurately.
Our Measuring Guide
The best remodel designs start with accurate room measurements. Whether you are doing it yourself or working with a professional, the success of your new space starts with a detailed floor plan and dimensions. We created a guide to help, it's full of tips and tricks to help you save time and avoid confusion when it comes to measuring your space.
Having an extra hand is ideal for helping hold the tape measure level.
25’ Metal Tape Measure. Always use metal tape as cloth or plastic tape may stretch, causing errors in measurements.
Pencil And Highlighter
Use a pencil for recording measurements, so you can make any corrections that may be needed.
Ladder Or Stepstool
To be able to reach the heights and corners you need to measure. No eyeballing, we have to be accurate.
A Floor Plan is a "bird's eye" view of the whole room and helps establish the big picture. It lets you envision what’s possible in your space. Draw the layout of your space on graph paper and mark all the openings and obstructions.
Start your Floor Plan with Wall A, the sink wall. Then go clockwise around the room with walls B, C, and D. Mark the locations of openings and fixtures along the wall segments.
Elevation drawings are a straight-on view of each wall, with all the features measured vertically and horizontally, placing them on the wall space. This helps your designer locate your new cabinets and appliances along your walls.
Always double-check your measurements. The total of your wall segments should equal your overall length.
Construction details provide a more precise understanding of the room or space. Draw your space as a box and highlight all the walls that will have cabinets. Measure your doors and openings, and factor in any structural features or obstructions that could be.
If you have bulkheads or soffits, do take note that they typically contain electrical and plumbing elements that can’t be relocated. Consult a professional beforehand.
Appliance dimensions are critical to the overall fit of all kitchen components. Whether you are buying new appliances or using existing ones, record the width, depth, and height of each appliance.
Make a list of all utilities for your appliances - power sources, electrical outlets, heating or air vents, and light switches. For your appliances, maintain a note of which way doors open on each.
Pictures! Take lots of them, just in case you missed a detail on the drawing sheet. And don't forget to label your shots to match your walls’ numbering or labeling.
Straight on view, photos of obstructions, close-ups of everything in addition to cabinets in your space. Taking pictures from different angles with help your designer understand how things fit together.
Things To Keep In Mind
Always Measure in Inches
Cabinets and appliances are measured in inches, so your floorplan dimensions should also be measured in inches.
Locate Outlets and Switches
Measure outlets and switches horizontally and vertically to the center of the wall plate. Be sure to label the difference between any 110- and 220-volt outlets.
Don’t Sweat Your Drawing
It’s more important to record the exact measurements than it is to draw a perfect floor plan to scale.
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