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How to Measure for Kitchen Cabinets

Proper measurements are the most critical component of your dream kitchen's design — especially if you're dealing with cramped quarters. Accurate measuring and space planning helps to ensure that ordering, installation and the general functionality of the kitchen is well thought out during the design process and throughout the life of the cabinets. Follow our handy step-by-step guide to learn how to accurately measure your kitchen for kitchen cabinets and get measurement and planning tips that will assure smooth sailing.

What you'll need:

  • A tape measurer
  • Pen
  • Paper

The measuring process

Step 1: Working clockwise, preferably from an adjoining corner, measure the overall length of each wall in your kitchen and then write it down. It helps if you draw a rough sketch of the room using grid or graph paper and then label each wall accordingly. The trick to accurate wall measuring is to measure from the edge of the wall to the other edge, skipping over any windows, large appliances, fixtures or other permanent features initially.

Step 2: Again working clockwise, measure the wall's height. Use the tape measure to find the precise length of the wall, from floor to ceiling, including trim. During this step, you'll also want to make note of any architectural elements such as recessed ceilings or permanent fixtures, which should be taken into account.

Step 3: Identify and measure all windows, large appliances, fixture, vents, outlets, furniture and anything else that you plan to keep in the room after installing your new cabinets. Record your findings and note the centerline of all permanent features.

Step 4: Start planning your layout. To find out which cabinets work best in your kitchen, reference Kitchen Cabinet Kings' Standard Kitchen Cabinet Size Guide. This will help you determine which size cabinets are right for the room's space and general challenges.

Step 5: Choose your cabinets! Start with Kitchen Cabinet Kings' enormous selection of stunning kitchen cabinets at wholesale prices. Once you have your best-laid plans and proper measurements, you can easily narrow down quality cabinets by size, including by length, width and depth.

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