In this article we will lead you through the basics on how to measure your kitchen cabinets, But how do you even begin to measure for kitchen cabinets? How do you account for all the interlocking parts of what’s already there, or what’s going to be there ⁠— the appliances, the counters, and the cabinets themselves? we will walk you through the basics of measuring for any kitchen cabinet installation, or any space for that matter.

Determining The Kitchen Cabinets For the Space

“How many cabinets can I fit in the space, and what’s my priority?” you should ask “What do I want for cabinets? Larger kitchens have more options and ways you can design but a lot of times we’re dealing with small spaces. Many times customers don’t know all the different types and features available to maximize the space.”

“How many cabinets can I fit in the space, and what’s my priority?” you should ask “What do I want for cabinets? Larger kitchens have more options and ways you can design but a lot of times we’re dealing with small spaces. Many times customers don’t know all the different types and features available to maximize the space.”

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Measure Your Kitchen Cabinets
Measure Your Kitchen Cabinets

Tools You need to Measure Your Kitchen Cabinets

Measuring your kitchen cabinets can be done without having to immediately remove the cabinets. Measuring the wall dimensions can be done easily in minutes. in order to Measure Your Kitchen Cabinets is not difficult but should be done thoroughly. In order to take measurements for new kitchen cabinets, the following items are needed:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Planning grid/scratch paper
  • Calculator
  • Step stool or ladder
  • Level ruler (indicates additional work that might be needed)
  • Laser measuring tool (not necessary, but can be used to double check measurements)

When measuring, the homeowner should be as precise as possible and take the measurements twice to ensure accuracy. Even rounding too far to the next fraction can be a costly mistake.  All measurements should be written in inches.

Measuring Walls

This is the first step. Measure from wall edge to wall edge, ignoring appliances, fixtures, and windows for the moment. If your walls are inaccessible or difficult for you to get to, you can also measure the front of your upper cabinets to get an accurate measurement. Do this for all of the usable walls in your kitchen.

Measure Your kitchen Cabinets

Consider the appliances

Most appliances come in standard sizes and we can make a pretty good guess as to what you have in your kitchen. However, there are some exceptions—especially in condos—so it doesn’t hurt to take measurements.

Measure Your kitchen Cabinets

Measure the width and height of your fridge, and the width of your dishwasher, cooktop, range, and/or oven. If you have an under-cabinet microwave, the width and height of that will be helpful as well.

Measure Your kitchen Cabinets

Measuring Heights

Take the tape measure to get the distance from the floor to the ceiling at each corner and the middle of each wall and make note of that on the sheet. Knowing this will allow you to choose the proper height of your wall cabinets, based on the countertop clearance and if the cabinets will have any space below the ceiling or go all the way up.

Measure Your kitchen Cabinets


You’re going to need to measure the space from the floor to the ceiling so that we can determine how big your upper cabinets can be. If you have a soffit or a drop down, also measure from the ceiling to the bottom of it and take down that measurement.

Things you don’t need to measure

You don’t need to measure every single door and drawer you have. Save yourself a lot of work by not measuring the height or depth of the base cabinets, or every drawer you have; partially because some of these measurements are just standard sizes, and partially because you’re coming to us for new cabinets! We aren’t going to replicate your pre existing cabinetry, we’re going to fill the space with new cabinets.

Measure Your Kitchen Cabinets



You’ll want to make sure your kitchen fits your needs, whether that need is plenty of cabinet space, seating areas, or appliance sizes that blend in.

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