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By 309homedes9916300, Jun 16 2016 11:00AM

The first step in planning for new kitchen cabinets is taking measurements to see what space you have. All you need for this task is a tape measure, a pencil, and some scratch paper. Taking accurate measurements is very important to getting the exact size cabinets you will need for a successful kitchen remodel. Typically your designer or contractor will want to review the space beofre any material is orderede, but it doesn hurt to learn how to measure for quoting purposes.

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Step 1: Where to start?

You want to measure the overall length of the wall, and write it down. Draw a line and mark the length of the wall. Always start measuring the walls from an adjoining corner if possible. Measure from wall edge to wall edge, getting the total space, ignoring appliances, fixtures and windows for the moment.

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Step 2: Measure the Windows and Appliances

If there is a window you will be centering the sink on, measure from the wall edge to the casing of that window and note that on your paper. Then measure the window from casing edge to casing edge, marking that and then take the measurement of the remainder of the wall. Measure and mark any other windows in the kitchen. Any appliances or fixture that will not / cannot be moved, like a gas stove, an existing kitchen island, should be marked on the layout as well.

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Step 3: Mark the fixtures.

If you have a sink that is centered on a window, start with that wall. Clearly mark where all electrical, plumbing and vents currently are, they can all be moved to fit your remodeled layout during the construction phase.

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Step 4: Measure the kitchen wall height.

Take the tape measure to get the distance from the floor to the ceiling at each corner and the middle of each wall and make note of that on the sheet. Knowing this will allow you to choose the proper height you want your wall cabinets to be, based on the countertop clearance and if the cabinets will have any space below the ceiling or go all the way up. These measurements will also let you know if any major settling of the house may have happened. Make note of any soffits, recessed ceilings or any other feature existing in the room that could impact the height of the wall cabinets.

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If you need help planning your kitchen we have experts who will layout your plans for you. Contact us to schedule an IN-HOME consultation.

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