At first glance designing your dream kitchen can seem like an over whelming task. However, if you learn the basics, there really isn’t too much to it. This post will teach you the basics of how to measure and design your new kitchen.
Let’s get started with measuring the kitchen area. First you need to get the overall measurements of where you want cabinets to go. This can be wall-to-wall if you are putting cabinets between two walls. Another way to start is if you have a corner, measure from the corner outward to the end of your current cabinetry, or until you want the cabinets to stop.
Now that you have your overall measurements, you need to take into account specialty cabinets and appliances. The biggest specialty cabinet you need to account for is the Sink Base. This is the cabinet that will hold your sink. If you’re not moving the existing plumbing, then take a measurement from the corner (ideal, if you have a corner) to the center of the plumbing. If you don’t have a corner, measure from one side of where the cabinets would end. This will provide a rough ideal of where the sink base needs to be placed. Centering the plumbing in the cabinet would be ideal, but most times this is not possible. In this case, simply be sure the plumbing will fit completely in the sink base cabinet.
After the sink base, you need to measure for appliances. Typical appliance sizes are as follows:
Refrigerator: 30”, 33” or 36”
Typically, the stove is the appliance with the least amount of flexibility in its placement. Because you don’t want to move a gas line or a high voltage electrical line, people typically leave the stove in the original position. This doesn’t mean however that it cannot be moved left or right a few inches.
To measure for the Stove, find the center point of where you want it placed, or where it was originally. It is easiest to work with center points because it is a single measurement instead of a range and all you need to do is extend 15” on each side of the center point to find the exact placement of the stove.
The refrigerator tends to have the most flexibility for placement as all it needs is an outlet and maybe a water line. In todays marketplace, with the availability of flexible water lines, it is fairly simple to add this feature to where ever you decide to place the refrigerator. Typically, a 30” refrigerator is a standard top freezer unit without an ice maker. These are also shorter than their wide counterparts. To get a decent side-by-side refrigerator, you need to extend your width up to 33” or 36” for a nicer model.
To measure for the refrigerator, follow the same steps as for the range and find the center point of where you want it located.
The dishwasher tends to be the easiest to place. In most cases, the dishwasher is simply placed to the left or right of the sink base. It is best to keep it located like this as the dishwasher relies on the sink plumbing for water and drainage. A center line for the dishwasher is less important simply because it is going directly next to the sink base which you already have a measurement for.
At this point you’re ready to start laying out the kitchen. In our next post we are going delve into laying out the actual cabinets.
Until then, Happy Renovating!