Measuring for New SLC Kitchen Cabinets: Materials and Measurements

There are a few important steps that will need to be followed while you’re designing and installing new cabinets in your kitchen, and one of these is measurement of the area. You need to know some precise dimensions as you go about this process, from the basic width and depth of your cabinet areas to a few possible others.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re here to help with a wide range of kitchen cabinet needs for our Salt Lake City clients, from base cabinets to wall cabinets and many others. Measurement is one area we’ll be happy to provide simple recommendations and assistance with, as well. In this two-part blog series, we’ll dig into the basic steps you should be following when it comes to measuring your kitchen space for new cabinets.

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Materials Needed

This is a simple job — all you need is some grid paper, a tape measure, and some kind of writing device. If you have all these, you’re good to go!

Drawing the Floor Plan

The first important step here is to generate a simple, straightforward floor plan of your kitchen space. This will help you understand the dimensions and layout of your kitchen, as well as what’s currently in it and where everything is situated.

Begin by sketching out a rectangle on your grid paper that represents the outside perimeter of your kitchen space. Then, draw in all important features within this rectangle, including doors, windows, appliances, and any pipes or other protrusions that might be in the way. Be aware that for this first draft, measurements don’t have to be perfect — you’ll get to that later.

Horizontal Measurements

Generally, we recommend starting with horizontal measurements first, as these will give you a good foundation to work from. Measure the width of your kitchen space at its longest point, then measure the depth at its deepest point. These two dimensions will be important when it comes to sizing and designing your cabinets.

Once you have these basic horizontal measurements, you can start measuring individual areas within your tape measure as well.

Vertical Measurements

Next up, take basically the same approach but with vertical measurements. Measure the height of your kitchen space at its tallest point, then take note of any lower areas where the ceiling might dip down. These measurements will be helpful when it comes to designing taller cabinets or ones that need to accommodate a sloped ceiling.

Again, once you have these basic numbers down, you can start measuring individual areas within your kitchen space as well.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some other important themes to keep in mind as you go about the measurement process for new kitchen cabinets. For more on this or any of our cabinet services to clients in SLC or nearby areas, speak to our team at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.