All you need to know about measuring your kitchen
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement when creating your kitchen – but before you fill up your mood board, don’t forget about the basics. The measurements of your kitchen will form the basis of your design – so we’ve created a guide to make sure you get all the important ones noted down.
Start by sketching your room layout – it doesn’t need to be accurate, just the rough shape. Mark where there are windows, doors, and archways, and indicate which way they open, and whether they lead outside or into another part of the house. Use our downloadable graph paper - it also has some helpful tips and a checklist, to make sure you don't miss anything.
Use a measuring tape and measure the length and width of the room. We know walls aren’t always straight up, even if they look like it, so be sure to measure between the top, middle and bottom of the walls if you can. Then, measure the widths of windows and doors from the outside of the frames, as well as the distance between each door / window, and the ends of the wall they’re on (so you know exactly where each begins and ends.)
Finally, make similar notes about any other obstacles in the room. In a kitchen these could be gas and electricity meters, boilers, radiators, extractor fans, appliances, water stopcock, plug sockets, light switches and TV sockets. Again, measure their width from their widest point, and mark their position on the wall.
You now have a great floor plan to help you design your dream kitchen!
In a kitchen, a wall plan is just as important as a floor plan – this will help you determine what cabinets and appliances you can have where.
Start by measuring the height of each wall, and the width and height of every window and door. Make sure to include the distance from the floor to the window and the distance from the top of the window / door to the ceiling. If you have a ceiling that slopes beneath a staircase measure the minimum wall height here.
Then, measure the width, depth and height of the obstacles from your floor plan, including the height from the floor to the bottom of each obstacle, from the top to the ceiling, and to the nearest fixed point.
Finally, if you’re planning to move extractor fans or hoods, make a note of which walls lead to a clear outside space that isn’t blocked by obstacles on the other side. It might also help to take some photos of your kitchen, so you can take them to your planning appointment with a colleague in-store.