Measure Your Space. Twice.
- Tips from MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
Measuring your space is a critical step in determining your room layout. Here is a simple guide outlining the tools you'll need, step-by-step instructions and some important tips.
Measuring Your Space Provides Context
While most designers will field measure your site at some point, having rough dimensions and images available for the initial meetings are helpful in determining the overall scope of the project.
Supplies You’ll Need
- A 16' – 25' long tape measure
- Pad of paper, preferably grid paper
- Pencil or pen, and another writing instrument in another color or a highlighter
- Having a helper is ideal, but one person (you!) needs to be consistently determining and recording the measurements
Measuring Your Space Step-by-Step
- To begin, draw an outline of the room
- Measure and note the ceiling height and any existing soffits
- Measure and note all wall lengths
- Check corner 'squareness' at the floor, base and wall cabinet levels to determine if you will have any issues during installation. To check for corner 'squareness':
- Mark a point 3 feet out from the corner of one wall
- Mark a point 4 feet out from the corner of the adjacent wall
- Measure the distance between the two marked points, if the distance is 5 feet, the corner is square (If your walls are not square, don't worry, a good installer will be able to work around any issues by using shims between the cabinets and the wall)
- Range hook-up
- Light switches
- Electrical outlets
- Lighting fixtures
- Phone jacks
- Heating/Air vents (including locations in the floor)
- Note window size & placement along with trim and sill dimensions
- Note the location of ventilation and duct-work on your drawing
- Measure any items that will stay in the room and relate to your floor plan
- Make note of any electrical details, such as switching and outlets that need to stay, or could possibly be moved
- If you will be working around existing lighting fixtures, list their dimensions to avoid any obstruction with taller items like pantry cabinets, refrigerators or crown moldings.
- Once your designer has measured the space, double and triple check the measurements prior to placing your order; every component order is custom and items will be a specialty made just for you