How to measure your kitchen

Before we can begin to work on your new kitchen design we need some basic information about the existing room. The more information we have about your space, the less the design will change over the course of the project. 

The most important details to start with are the dimensions of the room and the locations of constraints (doors and windows). The second most important detail is the layout of the existing kitchen. 

You can provide these details to us in almost any manner, from a basic sketch to an existing architectural plan. Our design brief includes the option to upload multiple files types, so you can sketch the layout and measurements on a piece of paper and take a photo. It’s as easy at that.

The following steps will help guide you through the process of measuring your kitchen. It’s a simple process but can be confusing if you’ve never done it before. If you have any questions about this guide or need more information on how to measure a kitchen, please let us know.

Step One; Basic equipment

To get started you’ll need the following equipment.

  1. Tape measure (in millimetres, not inches)
  2. Pencil and paper
  3. Step ladder (if possible)
  4. Camera

Step Two; Measuring the room

Measuring is quite straightforward but it can be confusing if you’ve never done it before. It’s important to take your time and double check the measurements as you go along. Handling a tape measure on your own can also be quite tricky. If you can find someone to help it will make the process much faster and easier.

There are four main elements we need to have measured before we can begin work on the design;

I. Ceiling Height

Getting this measurement on your own can be a bit tricky or, depending on how tall you are, almost impossible. If you have a step ladder, start measuring from the floor and work your way up the ceiling. If you’re on your own and don’t have a ladder it could be easier to start at the ceiling and take the measurement from floor level.

It’s a good idea to take the measurements in a couple of different spots, just in case the floor or ceiling levels differ.

How to measure your kitchen - Ceiling Height

II. The walls

Measure each wall from left to right and work your way around the room. This is relatively straightforward, as long as you remember to take your time and double check your measurements.

How to measure your kitchen - Measure all the walls

III. Doors & windows

These are some of the more difficult dimensions to get. Often there will be obstructions preventing you from running the tape measure from one point to another. Again, just take your time and write them down as you go.

Starting with the windows, measure from left to right and top to bottom – be sure to include the architraves (trim around the window) in your measurements. We also need the position of the window relative to the walls. Measure from one side of the window to the nearest wall, then repeat from the other side of the window to the opposite wall. Next, we need to know the height of the window; measure from the bottom of the window to the ground, and from the top of the window to the ceiling. 

Repeat the same process with the doors, starting with their height and width, then the position on the wall, and finally the distance to the ceiling. 

How to measure your kitchen - Windows and doors

IV. Appliances

This won’t apply to everyone but if you’ve already allocated the location of your new appliances we need to measure that as well. Start at the centre of where your new appliance will be positioned and measure to the nearest wall. We’ll also need the dimensions of the appliance itself.

How to measure your kitchen - Appliances

Step Three; Put everything together

Once you’ve measured everything you’re ready to put together a simple sketch of your area. In our next article we’ll show you how to do this.