How to measure up your new fitted kitchen
Measuring up for your own kitchen isn't as complicated as many people think, here is our handy
'how to' help guide.
'how to' help guide.
On a piece of paper mark the wall length, the position of any windows, ceiling height, the position of the stop tap if applicable.
Remember to include any obstacles that may be in the way such as pipes or beams.
Then start to draw in kitchen units and a rough layout you would like to go for. You can download and print your graph paper on the link below.
We have put some simple guidelines for you to follow below.
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By following the simple kitchen planning guidelines below you should be able to come up with a basic kitchen design.
- Draw an outline sketch of your existing kitchen walls, just sketch it out as shown above. Mark down the position of any doors, windows and any other permanent features, beams, pipes or anything else that gets in the way.
- Next on your sketch mark in the features that you can’t or don’t want to move. This could be a boiler on the wall, a radiator that can't go anywhere else.
- Now it's time to start adding in your room measurements. It’s vital you get this right otherwise your kitchen run might be too long or you could end up with a worktop that’s too small. Using a tape measure, an assistant if available and start at the top left hand corner of the room and work your way around clockwise taking measurements. Mark these measurements up on your sketch as you go along. It is always a good idea to have an assistant measure completely independent from your self once you have completed your sets of measurements, and see if both sets of measurements agree with one another. It's the old story measure twice.
- When measuring doors and windows make sure you measure from the outside edge of the frame on one side to the outside edge of the frame on the other.
- Next measure the ceiling height of the kitchen. For older houses it is essential you measure it in several places as it can vary by as much as a few inches/cm.
- Measure from the floor to the bottom of each window, then measure the height of the window and the wall above the window, you can then add these measurements together this should add up to the total room height.
- Measure the permanent features and make a note of them on your drawing. If anything permanent is fixed to the wall, say a boiler, then also measure the depth of this from from the wall, its height from the floor and height from top to ceiling as well!
- Next transfer these measurements onto a piece of graph paper, if your wall measurements are correct the lines should more or less meet up on your graph paper.
- Start planning your kitchen layout!
Once you have done all the points above you have the foundations to start planning your kitchen as shown in the plan above. Take your time, double check always!
A kitchen is a big investment you can't afford expensive mistakes. You can always take advantage of our fit guarantee if you are fitting a DIY kitchen, we can come out and double check your measurements should you require this.
And don’t worry if you are at all unsure simply phone or email us and we can help you design a kitchen especially for you, your requirements and lifestyle.