Learn the Basic Steps to Measure Your Kitchen Yourself

How To Measure Your Kitchen Floorplan Diagram - Nicolette Patton, CKD

Use This Diagram to Guide You Thru Your Measurements.
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Draw The Kitchen

Even if you are not an architectural drafter, you can draw a few boxes and lines.  Just sketch your space in floorplan view (see diagram).  Draw in walls, windows, doors and appliances. 

If you are using the imperial system, mark your dimensions in inches.  If your wall is 10 feet, mark 120”

If you are wanting to expand into an adjacent room, also draw that space and take those dimensions.  Note: If you are expanding, this is where you may want to hire a kitchen designer to draw-up your new space plan.  Visit the NKBA website or Houzz to find a professional near you.

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Drawing of Wall Dimensions with Windows and Doors - Nicolette Patton, CKD

How to Measure Your Kitchen – Wall Dimensions with Windows and Doors.
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Wall Dimensions

Now you will need to take the dimensions for each wall.  

Measure in a clockwise fashion.  Try to find a place to measure where there are no obstructions blocking your overall dimension.  You may need to measure around your appliances, cabinets or furniture.  

Do your best to splice in dimensions if you can’t get around the obstructions.  Some quick math should give you your overalls.

Windows and Doors

After you have measured all your walls, go back to measure the windows and doors.  Start at wall #1.  Measure each door and window including your casing.  Indicate how wide your trim is (ie: 2″, 2.5″, 3″). 

On another sheet of paper, draw an elevation of each wall including the windows and doors. See diagram. Mark each dimension shown on diagram 2. Measure height from the floor to the bottom of each window, and also the casing dimensions. 


For most homes, a single measurement of the ceiling height is sufficient.

If you have an older home that is suspect to unlevel floors or dips in ceiling, take your ceiling dimension in a few different locations.  Note the lowest height measured.


Obstructions are items or fixtures that can’t be moved.  Examples of obstructions might be radiators, gas pipes, sink plumbing, hood vent, air registers or structural posts.  

Label and indicate all dimensions of obstructions.


If you are planning on re-using a dining table, hutch or any other type of furniture in the space, measure it too.  Sketch them on to your drawing along with all dimensions (width, depth & height). 

Adjacent Rooms

Finally, you will want to label the adjacent spaces (living room, dining room, garage, etc.).

Ready To Go

Remember that if you make some slight dimensional mistakes while measuring your kitchen, it won’t hurt. All professional suppliers will take their own dimensions of your space before ordering product. So get out that measuring tape, pencil and paper, and start measuring to get the process rolling. Good luck!

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