How To Measure For New Kitchen Cabinets

Measuring for New Kitchen Cabinets

Published : 04/11/2017 14:44:21
Categories : Denver Cabinet Express Blog

Even the best, most experienced DIYer has done it. Measured with confidence that everything is correct only to find out upon delivery that the item they are installing doesn’t fit. If you are ordering custom cabinets, chances are nearly 100 percent that you won’t be able to return them. That means either you have to figure out a way to make your item work, sell it at a loss, or find some other creative solution. Plus you’ve just doubled your budget for that item and delayed your project by weeks or months.

Measuring for Kitchen Cabinets

Measure, measure, measure, then measure again. Then double check, then measure again. Get it? You can’t be too sure. There is no such thing as measuring too carefully or too often.

Some measuring tips.

If you are bound and determined to do it yourself, follow these tips to properly measure for your new kitchen cabinets. If you feel uncertain about the results of your measurements, what should you do? Call us. Do you sense a theme here?

Kitchen Cabinet Measuring Tips

  • Call us. Ask for help; that’s what our experts are here for.

  • Measure your existing cabinets. If your new cabinets are going to be installed in the exact same spot and you are making no layout changes, measure your current cabinets and use those as a guide.

  • Measure your appliances and make sure that your measurements for cabinets that have to fit around appliances add up. If they don’t, call us.

  • Measure your windows. Don’t forget the casings. Make sure you have the right tools. Minimally, you’ll need graph paper, a straight edge and a measuring tape, pencils and erasers. Preferably your measuring tape should be longer than your longest wall. If you’ve got a very large kitchen, you’ll need to do a little extra math. Double and triple check your math!

  • Measure in one direction. Don’t jump from wall to wall and measure the easy spots first. We recommend going clockwise around the entire space to get an accurate measurement of wall space.

  • Measure at the floor. Measure at the ceiling, Measure at the center of the wall. Are you coming up with different numbers? Double check. Are your wall measurements still different? Call us. This is where things get complicated. Houses settle, walls can lean a bit. What do you do then? Call us.

  • Clearly mark all of your measurements, including which wall they are for and whether they were taken near the floor, mid wall, or near the ceiling.

  • Check your corners. Are they all 90 degree angles? No? What do you think you should do? Call us.

  • Don’t forget to measure your wall height. Measure at each corner and in the center of each wall. Move clockwise around the room. Is one wall taller than the other? Call us.

  • Make sure to consider the space between your lower and upper cabinets. If you are working on bare walls, tape it all off. If you order upper cabinets that are too tall for the space, you may run into serious problems, including a lack of space between countertops and upper cabinets for things like electrical outlets. It may sound like a silly mistake to make, but we’ve seen it.

  • Don’t forget the island. Our best advice here is to tape it off. If you can, make a tape outline of everything that is going in your kitchen. Does the space between your island and your cabinets feel a bit tight? If it feels inadequate just with tape on the floor, imagine how it will feel with actual cabinets. Don't forget that someday someone with a wheelchair may need to get around and the lowest walkway width advised is 36".  Is there enough room to open cabinet doors fully? What about the oven and dishwasher? If your island just doesn’t seem to fit, you can call us. But at that point, we’d recommend calling a local professional to help you with your measurements. You might just be in a little over your head. Better to pay for some help now than run into serious problems later.

  • Note the locations of outlets, pipes and studs, ductwork, and anything else that could impact your cabinet location. If you aren’t sure how to do this, have a professional help you. This is important.

  • Here is a quick list of how things break down from floor to ceiling.  34.5" from the floor to the top of your kitchen base cabinet, 1.5" for countertops giving you 36", 18" from the top of the countertop (36") to the underside of your wall cabinets putting all your wall cabinets at 54" from the floor, and your wall cabinet height will depend on your ceiling height.  30" wall cabinets work best with 84" tall ceilings, 36" tall wall cabinets for 90" tall ceilings, and 42" tall wall cabinets for 96" tall ceilings.  You can also use 36" tall wall cabinets with 96" tall ceilings and put crown moulding above it to give it a more decorative look.  

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Every house is different. Every installation is different. You are the one who is there, in the space, making the plan. If you aren’t confident in your ability to measure for your new kitchen cabinets on your own, call us. Or have someone come out and help you. Paying a professional for a day of their time to double check or do your measurements from scratch is never a bad idea.

Once you’ve measured your kitchen, double checked, measured again, and measured one more time, order your new kitchen cabinets from Denver Cabinet Express. We’ll have them delivered right to you. Or you can pick them up at our locations in Denver, CO; Kent, WA; City of Industry, CA; Union City, CA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; or Sarasota, FL.

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