2. Measure Your Space

Look at the drawing example below enlarged view of what your own floor plan should look like. Please use the digital graph paper provided on this page 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.

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, just clearly marked measurements):

Indicate in your sketch if appliances are to be moved to their new locations.

When the sketch is complete, use our easy to follow process and attach it to our free quote form located on the next page.

Don’t be worried if you make a measurement mistake as we verify every job onsite ourselves. This is just to get the process going.

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 cabinet 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 options in the kitchen when designing, making it more functional. If you’ve measured the walls 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. 

3. Measure the distance of the wall corner to the centre 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 centre of the window. Please print measurements clearly.

4. Measure width and height of each door and window (inside frame measurement)
We would also need to know the width of the window/door inside the frame without the casing (we will add this measurement to our design usually 4” each side to where the upper cabinet will start). Indicate the width of your existing casings be it 2” or 2.5”. The reason why the window centre is so important from the corner is we try to centre the sink cabinet under the middle of the window and this determines how much space we have to work with to the corner. Before designing a kitchen you want to have the measurements as accurate as possible.

5. 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 counter top height in a kitchen is normally 36″ so the dishwasher fits under counter and counter doesn’t cover window?

6. Indicate which side of drain/vent pipe is located
Indicate where the drain and vent pipe is located left or right of the sink because it could interfere with the your new design for a dishwasher, spice pull out or bank of drawers etc…

7. Measure the distance from the wall to the centre of the stove.
Also need to know If there is a ducted fan unit through the wall we need the measurement to the centre of the ducting.

8. Appliance dimensions.
The most important is the fridge. This can vary from 30” to a 36” or greater. This is critical in tight configurations. The rest of the appliances at this point are not so important. Dishwasher, stoves, over the range microwaves are most often the same size.

9. Include a wish list of items you would like us to incorporate in your design.
Visit our website for design options Mgcabinets.com Can also look at other helpfull picture websites such as Houzz.com and Pinterest.

10. Include pictures of your room.

Measurements taken?

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