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2. MEASURE YOUR SPACE



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Accurate measurements are essential to your kitchen cabinets fitting properly into your dream kitchen. Before any planning can begin, M.G. Cabinets needs the exact dimensions available for kitchen cabinet installation. Look at the drawing below enlarged view of what your own floor plan should look like. Please use the digital graph paper provided above or click here. You can either print it out and draw on it by hand, or use a graphical editor such as MSPaint, Photoshop or the free and open source GIMP(click here to download) to do the drawing. When the sketch is complete, use our easy to follow process and attach it to our free quote form located on the next page.

Follow these steps to measure your kitchen, using the image below as a reference(it doesn't have to be pretty as you can see):



1. Measure the height of the ceiling


The ceiling height of the kitchen is important because this will determine how high your actual kitchen will be. A kitchen is normally 96 1/2" in height but every kitchen does have some variation from this measurement.

2. Measure the length of each wall


Another factor to look at with kitchen cupboard designs is how long the walls are that you can work with. The longer the kitchen walls are the better. This means that you can place more kitchen units in the kitchen when designing it, making it more functional.If you've measured the walls of the kitchen correctly the designing of the kitchen will be a breeze. Always remember that many walls, roofs and floors are not as straight as they seem. This is why it's so important before designing a kitchen to make sure all your measurements are correct.




3. Measure the distance of the wall corner to the center of the window

This procedure is exactly the same as the one we just did in the previous step. In the floor plan in the first design of a kitchen you will see that the window is 58 1/2" away from the wall to the center of the window. Designing a kitchen with clear measurements also makes it easier to build when the designing is done.

4. Measure the distance from floor to bottom of window.

Measure the height of the window by measuring the distance between the floor and the bottom of the window. The countertop height in a kitchen is normally 36" but this measurement is not set in stone.

5. Measure width and height of each door and window.

The reason why this is so important to do is because you want to determine the height under which you are going to place a kitchen wall unit and how far from the corner of the wall you are going to fix it. Before designing a kitchen you want to have the measurements accurate. After all, It doesn't matter how great the design of the kitchen came out, if your measurements are wrong you can not build that which you designed.

6. Measure distance from wall to water point and waste pipe for the sink.

The tap which gets fitted on the kitchen sink unit must be in the middle of the kitchen unit. So the flex pipe that connects to the tap has to be able to reach the tap.That is if you are going to use flex pipe. A lot of plumbers also use copper pipe in a kitchen. Copper pipe is a lot stronger than flex pipe but you need to weld the pipe with a portable blowtorch. When designing a kitchen make sure you measure the length from the wall to the water point and waste as well as the height at which the points sit on the wall from a kitchen floor.

7. Measure the distance from the wall to the center of the stove and if there is a ducted fan unit we need the measurement to the center of the ducting

8. Measure everything again.

If you're not sure about a measurement in your kitchen design measure again. It sounds like double the work but if you've finished designing the kitchen,assembled the kitchen units and installed them and realized they don't fit, you will spend 4x more time cutting down the units not to mention the doors to make them fit.