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How To Measure Your Kitchen For Cabinets – EASY

So you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen and have no idea what it cost. You go to a showroom and something caught your eye and be like? I love that, these, those etc. How much would it be for my kitchen?

Well, there are a lot of things to consider. The major cost of kitchen remodeling is the cabinets. Instead of someone throwing you off with some wild numbers, it is more efficient to provide them with measurements and a concrete idea of your space. Measuring your kitchen for cabinets to get estimates shouldn’t need a paid professional. You can do it. Remember, you are just getting initial estimates for your kitchen project. Close enough is good enough.

Measurements = Estimates

Rough Sketch
Rough Sketch

There are a lot of home remodeling service centers that offer free design services for kitchens, bathroom or any interior spaces with free estimates. The key is providing them with something to work with to get started and conceptualize a design for you. And that is your rough measurements.

Your measurements don’t have to be perfect and final to get initial quotes and preliminary design layout. Your contractor or whoever is going to install for you should be the one to confirm all measurements before you make your final decision.


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Aside from rough measurements, sometimes you will be asked to provide pictures which is actually a huge help in most cases. Pictures help describe what you’re trying to do. Pictures are worth a thousand words. With all the smartphones we have nowadays, taking pictures should be a breeze.

Measurements Responsibility

These home remodeling service centers or companies offer installation services as well which include responsibility of accurate measurements for the job. Whoever is installing shoulders that responsibility. That takes off a huge burden on your shoulder. If something goes wrong, they are responsible, not you.

Measuring Your Kitchen For Cabinets

Understanding how to measure your kitchen for cabinets in a way that is EASY to understand is my main goal. I think by just looking at my example below, you would already have a pretty good idea how to take basic wall measurements of your space. A simple and short explanation for each section is available below.

How To Measure Your Kitchen
How To Measure Your Kitchen
  1. Measure the overall usable wall space from the left (not including the window molding/trim) all the way across (not stopping where the cooktop is) to the wall on the right.
  2. Measure usable wall space between two windows, not including the window molding/trim.
  3. Measure the width of the window including the moldings on both sides measuring from the outside trim on the left to the outside trim on the right.
  4. Measure usable wall space between two windows, not including the window molding/trim.
  5. Measure the width of the window including the molding/trim on both sides measuring from the outside trim on the left to the outside trim on the right.
  6. Measure the remaining wall space from the outside of the window molding/trim to the wall on the right.
  7. Measure from the back wall to the outside of the molding/trim around the doorway in order to determine the depth of the cabinets you can use without running into the doorway molding/trim.
  8. Just like the windows, measure the width of doors and doorways including the molding/trim around it.
  9. Measure usable wall space between the two doorways not including moldings/trims.
  10. Measure location of beam from a fixed reference point. In this example, that would be the wall on the right.
  11. In this example, the room has ceiling crown molding that they tried to maintain. Measure the height from the finished floor to the bottom of the crown molding.
  12. Measure ceiling height from finished floor to the ceiling. In some cases, you may have to measure the ceiling height in several areas as it occasionally varies especially in rooms with bulkheads or soffits, sloped or vaulted ceilings, uneven ceilings etc.
  13. Measure the height of the window including the molding/trim on top and bottom.
  14. Measure the height of the window including the molding/trim on top and bottom.
  15. How high is your window from the floor? Or existing counter? Measure the height from the finished floor to the bottom of the window molding/trim.
  16. This kitchen has a beam that ran across the kitchen which obviously affected some of the wall cabinets. With the beam in place, you can either work around it as shown in this picture, or start your wall cabinets with crown underneath it. That’s why it is crucial to know the height from the floor to the bottom of the beam.Measure the height from the finished floor to the bottom of the beam and…
  17. Don’t forget to measure the width of the beam.

Location of Plumbing & Appliances

Appliances and Plumbing location

Now you may be wondering what about location of appliances or sink and faucet? Center lines of sink plumbing and appliances are typically needed but not necessarily a must-have in the beginning stages of starting your rough layout and estimate. That’s why pictures are very important as they help pinpoint approximate locations of these items. Or you simply specify on your rough sketch approximate locations. Again, we are only trying to get rough measurements here to get an idea of pricing. BUT….

Want to take it further?

If you want to take it further, provide center lines of sink plumbing and appliances. To do that, simply start from a fixed reference point to the middle of each item such as sink, cooktop/range, refrigerator, dishwasher, wall oven etc.

I know that it is hard to move existing appliances already in place to take center lines for your plumbing, gas lines etc. Your best guess is the middle of the fixture or appliance itself.

You can do the same for electrical outlets and switches. These are just the main common items or sections where measurements are needed. There could be other things to consider such us soffits/bulkheads, pipe chase, register vents etc. Again take pictures to show approximate locations. Leave the hard part of confirming accurate measurements to your contractor or installer before you finalize your design layout and placing your order.

All done

Measuring your kitchen for cabinets is very easy, plain and simple right? Anyone can do it. If you can read a tape measure correctly, you can certainly do it. Take measurements in inches.



8 thoughts on “How To Measure Your Kitchen For Cabinets – EASY

  1. Great post and good info! 

    You know we need a new kitchen, and we need to measure it, with these tips it will go so much easier. 

    Me and my wife were discussing how we can measure it the best, but never knew it could be so easy. 

    We were thinking already very complicated things and it would take a lot of time. 

    So thanks to you this is a piece of cake. 

    1. Yay. I’m glad you find it very easy. To some people, it could be a very daunting task. My goal to just simplify the thought process 🙂 Good luck with your new home project!

  2. excellent I love this! I would definitely need this with the dream house I have in mind! I’m working on a family and I thought about building our first home ourselves! And I want beautiful cabinets. I love the kitchen it’s my favorite place. Nice layout beautiful content very helpful information thanks!

  3. This is a wonderful post about easy kichen cabinet decoration. My family faces problem sometime for keeping kitchen staffs and some how they manage it in old fashion. I think this is perfect measurement for kichen cabinet decoration. I would love to have same style kitchen cabinet in future. Now I am repairing my house and I will definitely choose this cabinet decoration style. Thanks for sharing this information.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad this can help you in anyway. If you have any questions, please let me know. Best of luck to you.

  4. This list is amazing! One of my friends has just converted her garage into a dining room and she is planning to do a kitchen where the garage is and convert the current kitchen into a nuserey (They are expecting!!! I am going to an aunt!! 😄) I will make sure to share this list to the happy parents to be. Thanks 😀

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