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Measure Your Kitchen

Appropriate Kitchen Plans

If you need help with your kitchen floor plans, here are detailed guidelines to help you out. In case you are remodeling your kitchen, you should leave out the measurements of the cabinetry you will remove. You should take all the measurements in inches rather than feet.

Sample Drawing


Make a rough drawing of your kitchen floor plans. Here are appropriate symbols to use.

NOTE: If there are doors, draw your doorways in the direction they are going to swing to.


If there are any objects in the way that you will not remove, you should include them in your drawing.


  • As you make your kitchen floor plans, you should measure your kitchen from the top left corner and move in a clockwise direction around the entire room, measuring every window, door, and wall. The trim is taken as part of window or door. Take measurements from the outer part of the trim on one side to the one on the opposite side.
  • Write the height of the ceiling in the middle of your drawing. In the process of measuring your kitchen, you should measure the ceiling from different parts, as you may find some differences.
  • In addition to measuring the height of a window, you should measure the height from the floor to the window.


Distance from Floor to Bottom of Window 

Height of Window Including Trim 

Window #1: 



Window #2:



Window #3:



Window #4:



Window #5:



Window #6:




  • In your kitchen plans, you should label all windows respectively in a clockwise direction from the top left corner (Window #1 etc).
  • Repeat a similar process in labelling the doors (Door #1 etc).
  • Give each wall a name that corresponds with the adjacent room. If the wall is on the outside, name it as  "exterior wall."


  • Your kitchen floor plans should include measurements of all the objects that will not be take out of the way. An object that is next to a wall should be measured from the wall outwards.
  • Take measurements from the second nearest wall to the object's edge.
  • Measure its height as well.


Measure and note down all the dimensions of every appliance. This means that you will include kitchen cabinet plans and kitchen island plans among others.

Refrigerator ____W x ____H x ____D     Range Hood ____W x ____H x ____D
Stove ____W x ____H x ____D     Sink ____W x ____H x ____D
Dishwasher ____W x ____H x ____D     Trash Compactor ____W x ____H x ____D
Microwave ____W x ____H x ____D     Oven (wall mount) ____W x ____H x ____D


After measuring your kitchen, you should check all of the measurements. In case you have a rectangular kitchen, you should add measurements for parallel walls to ensure that they match.

Top Wall:  24" + 42" + 24" + 12" + 42" + 12" = 156" 
Bottom Wall:  12" + 40" + 104" = 156" 
Left Wall:  21" + 42" + 52" = 115" 
Right Wall:  18" + 97" = 115"

NOTE: As you make your kitchen plans, you should note if there is any molding. In such a case, you should take measurements from the corner to the molding or outside edge.