How to Measure Your Space
Measure Your Space
Simple Steps to plan and measure your
Planning your diy kitchen reno is paramount. Spending time in the planning phase will mean you get it right and then you will be forever happy in your new kitchen. We have put together a few steps below for measuring and guidance. For more detailed info download our ‘Kitchen Design Guide’ which is a great source for planning your kitchen reno.
All great renovations start with your dream and ideas. This is an exciting phase where you research and gather all your ideas on styles, layouts, colours, trends and any aspect that appeals to your taste. Always keep your budget in mind when you are gathering these ideas.
If you head to our kitchen gallery you can view some of our customer’s Kitchens and Laundry renovations for more inspiration.
It’s simple to measure the size of your kitchen or laundry space. Always remember the important saying “measure twice, cut once”! Follow the tips below for accuracy.
- Make sure you have a good measuring tape and it helps if you have a partner or friend to help you measure correctly.
- Accuracy is key for all measurements.
- Start with a piece of A4 paper and simply draw an outline of your kitchen with all elements including windows, doors, arches and appliances.
- A rough measurement is all we are after but it’s critical to write in any structural features in your space.
- Start with floor to ceiling height. This can be easier to break up into sections. For example measure floor to existing bench height then bench to ceiling and add altogether.
- Next measure floor to bottom of window, then window height including architraves and top of window to ceiling. Then depth of window including architraves. Write all measurements on your plan as soon as you measure.
- Then it’s time for wall to wall lengths and heights. Remember if you are measuring an existing kitchen space add in the thickness of tiles or splashbacks.
- Now measure height and depth of any appliances you intend keeping in the space such as fridge, oven, microwave.
- Don’t forget to measure any doorways including architraves and display the way the door opens in to the space.
- Add any other openings your kitchen may have such as archways.
- Next check under the sink and measure hot and cold taps and waste plumbing and mark on plan.
- Finally, measure and mark all power points in your existing space including any future ones you would like.
- As you measure make sure you write down immediately so you don’t forget.
- It is helpful to measure in millimetres.
Measurements are critical for a Kitchen Design so take your time and if in doubt measure twice to make sure.
For more detailed information Download our Design Guide which details “how to measure”. There’s no stress if you’re unsure, at Kitchen Shack we help you through every step and we can always arrange for a final check measure after your free design in the Showroom.
Look at who uses the kitchen and how you all work together including:
- Do kids do homework at the breakfast bar while you cook?
- Does your kitchen double as a laundry?
- Do you enjoy cooking? Careful consideration on appliances is needed.
- How many people use the kitchen at the same time? A different layout is required for two or more chefs cooking at the same time.
- Do you entertain often? Then larger bench spaces would be important.
- Can you use existing power point, gas and water locations to save money?
Don’t forget bring in your images and photographs of kitchens you like as well as your existing kitchen space, this will assist the Designer to understand your home to bring your ideas to life.
The kitchen working triangle previously was a guide for kitchen renovations. Put simply this means a triangle should be drawn between the 3 key work areas – the kitchen sink, fridge and stove. This provides ease of reach and ease of cooking.
We like to think the kitchen has transformed to a working triangle within your kitchen. Those areas of your kitchen that you use the most such as benchtops for meal preparation, storage and areas you access daily. It’s important to consider maximising your existing storage space – it’s one area that all our customers want to address. Once you have sketched your kitchen you are ready to book your design with one of our experienced Designers. You can easily book an appointment online for a free design and on the spot quotation or call us direct at your nearest showroom to make an appointment.
Note: remember to think about your budget. The decision on how much you can afford to spend on the kitchen including trades and appliances. We can help you with your complete kitchen renovation to save you money and time!
Allow at least 90 minutes to work with our Kitchen Designer in the showroom designing your kitchen in 3D and once your kitchen design is complete we provide same day pricing. You will be surprised at our Lowest Prices Guaranteed* – we will beat any price for the same product and service by 5%. That’s our promise to you!
Once you are happy with your design and signed the paperwork with a deposit your kitchen order will be placed with our manufacturing before delivered direct to your door. Kitchen Shack kitchens come fully assembled a clear point of difference to save you time and money. You can choose to DIY the installation but this is not an easy task unless you are experienced in this area. You may find it easier and faster to use one of the Recommended Kitchen Shack Installers who will also co-ordinate all trades, saving even more time and headaches. 96% of Kitchen Shack customers prefer this option but it’s up to you.
We look forward to designing your kitchen, laundry, living room or any cabinetry within your home!