A step-by-step guide to help you draw and measure for your new fitted kitchen furniture.
Note: Do not include existing units or other furniture that will not be kept, such as kitchen tables in your measurements. All of your measurements should be in millimetres. For example, if you measure a wall that is 2 metres, write it as 2000mm.
Draw an outline of your kitchen similar to the image above; it doesn't have to be exactly to scale as long as all the measurements are correct. Use the symbols below in your drawing to illustrate the location of the doors and windows and other permanent obstacles.
Note: For doorways with doors, draw the doors according to which way the door swings.
Draw in any permanent obstructions such as radiators, soil pipes, central heating boilers, pillars etc that you either cannot, or do not want to move.
A) Beginning at the top left corner of your drawing measure to the first window, door or wall. Continue clockwise around the room until each wall, window and door has been measured.
Note: When measuring doors and windows, the trim is considered part of the door or window. As shown in the drawing below, measure from the outside of the trim on one side to the outside of the trim on the other side.
B) Measure the ceiling height and write the measurement in the centre of your drawing. It is a good idea to measure the ceiling in a few different areas of the kitchen, especially with older homes as the ceiling heights, even in the same room, can vary by as much as a few inches.
C) As illustrated in the drawing below, measure from the floor to the bottom of each window and also measure the overall window height of the window.
A) Beginning at the top left of your drawing, label all the windows "Window #1", "Window #2", etc. in a clockwise order.
B) Again, beginning at the top left of your drawing, label all the doors "Door #1", "Door #2", etc. in a clockwise order.
C) Next to each wall, write the name of the adjacent room. If the wall is an "outside wall" write "exterior wall."
A) Measure any permanent obstructions such as radiators, soil pipes, central heating boilers, etc. that cannot be moved. If the obstruction is close to a wall, measure the depth of the obstruction out from the wall to the edge.
B) Measure from the second closest wall to the edge of the obstruction.
C) If the obstruction does not span the full height of the room, measure the height of the obstruction.
D) If your boiler is wall-mounted, measure the height off the floor and the overall height, depth and width and the distance from the nearest wall, door or window.
Check your measurements, add up the measurements of the parallel walls and make sure they match (or are at least very close). For example, in our sample drawing, you would take the overall measurements of the top wall and add them together. Then do the same with the bottom wall. Once you have added each wall measurement, check the totals to see if they match.
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