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Measuring Your Room

Tips for measuring a room for a New Design

Measuring up a Kitchen or any other room for a new kitchen is relatively straight forward so long as all the information is there. By following these simple tips you can give all the information that any designer would require. It is not just about measuring a room it is about identifying and recording any obstacles that can affect the design at least need to be considered.

Preparation To start with don't worry about graph paper or drawing to scale at this stage, it is far more important to take a good look around the room and note its shape. We have listed other items to be aware of but don't worry about these at this stage. On an a4 pad draw the room shape in a plan form showing the windows and doors. When measuring it is better to measure in millimetres (mm) rather than imperial as a designer will be working in metric and more importantly the cabinets are in made to metric sizes, so it is easier at this stage to do the same.

Measuring Starting at a convenient point (this is often the back door) go around the room in either direction or carefully measure each wall section in turn until you have all dimensions recorded. It is important to measure the whole room and not just the cabinet area as this will serve as a double check on your measuring.

Walls with Windows

Measure the distance from the left corner of the wall to the start of the window, then the distance across the window, then the wall from the right of the window to the corner.

NB: if part of your wall is tiled try and measure the untilled area.

Walls with Doors

Follow the same procedure as above but always measure the wall to the outside of the door architrave and likewise for the door, measure across the architrave on both sides of the door.

Ceiling Height

This is a simple but important measurement to take. Observe any significant differences in height. Such as, a new extension may be at a lower level or there may be a joint across what were two rooms. If so record both height including the height to the underside of a joist and its width and distance to one end of the room. This is important as may affect the height or position of wall cabinets.

Split level Floor

If the floor has two levels, you need to decide if cabinets are going to be in both levels. When recording the ceiling heights always measure from the floor level in the main kitchen are but make us aware of this and we will talk you through any additional measurements we may need if it is relevant to your design.

You now have the main dimensions and information for your new kitchen, you may want to transfer this onto graph paper or better still, us our online My Room Plan service.

Here you can reshape the generic room to that of yours and add in all the dimensions you have recorded ready to submit to us for design. This is a simple but highly effective way of both double checking your measurements and relaying them to us.


Obstacles What to look for and how to record them.

Boiler If you have a boiler in the room where you plan to put kitchen cabinets it is important that you record its Height, Width and Depth. However you also need to record its distance from the floor to the underside and its position along the wall by measuring from the boiler to the end of the wall.

Gas & Electricity Meter These are the property of your energy supplier and they have a legal right to suitable access to read and potentially replace them. This need not be a problem but certainly has to be considered if it is to be in a cabinet, so recording the size and position is important.

Electrical Consumer Unit These are often referred to as fuse board or RCD board. Again if these are in the kitchen area were cabinets are to be positioned it is important to note its height and width and distance from the floor to the underside and its distance along the wall.

Stop Tap & Water Meter This is only relevant if it is in the working kitchen area. The first place to check is under the sink area. Its significance is if you are planning to position a washer or dishwasher near the sink. So again carefully measure the width and distance along the wall.

Vertical Pipes These may be either boxed in or visible and are less relevant to base cabinets because they have a "Service void" (area behind back panel), but it is good practice to identify their location along the wall if only to avoid such things as hobs and extractors been designed there.

Window Height Again it is good practice to record the height of the window and the height from floor to the top of the sill.


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