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Kitchen Floor Plans & Measuring Tips

Designing for Your Space - Planning an efficient layout and following recommended design guidelines can help ensure that you end up with a stylish bathroom that's safe, functional, and comfortable.

FLOOR PLAN IDEAS

These sample floor plans illustrate six popular kitchen layouts. The work triangle distance between the refrigerator, sink, and stove is shown on each floor plan. A natural flow between the fridge/freezer, the range and the sink will increase efficiency and workflow in the kitchen.

 

Corridor Kitchen Floorplan

GALLEY KITCHEN
Galley kitchens allow for additional food preparation and storage area.

Island Kitchen Floorplan

ISLAND KITCHEN
If space allows, adding an island to your kitchen allows you to have extra storage, and additional counter/entertainment space or even relocate your oven/range.

L-Shaped Kitchen Floorplan

"L" SHAPED KITCHEN
L-shaped kitchens make the most of a corner. The use of the corner allows for an addition of a dining table or island.

Peninsula Kitchen Floorplan

PENINSULA KITCHEN
This layout allows homeowners additional work area and additional dining and entertainment space.

Straight Line Kitchen Floorplan

STRAIGHT-LINE KITCHEN
When space is limited, Straight-line kitchens are a good solution.

U-Shaped Kitchen Floorplan

"U" Shaped Kitchen
U-Shaped layouts allow for plenty of storage options and work surfaces.

Measuring Tips

 

Step 1: Your Kitchen Shape
Draw your kitchen as a box showing all the walls that you think will have cabinets. Be sure to include any major structural features or obstacles.


Step 2: Draw It Out
Mark any openings such as windows and doorways. Be sure to include radiators or other obstacles that affect where cabinets can be installed. Now, label all the openings in your kitchen. In this sketch we’ll use areas “A” through “I”. Record these letters as a key on your sketch.


Step 3: Measure
All you need is a tape measure, pencil and paper. Measure all the openings, from outside edge to outside edge. If you’re uncomfortable with precise measurements feel free to round to the nearest inch. Remember this is just to get started, your designer will confirm details later.


Step 4: Your Layout
Most people already have a good idea of where the major items will go in their kitchen. Feel free to draw your ideas of what you would like and include the placement of your sink and appliances.


Step 5: Pictures of Your Kitchen
Photographs will always help your designer. Any photos you can take and send them along with your measurements.

 

Notes:

    • All of your measurements should be in inches. For example, if you measure a wall that is 10 feet, write it as 120 inches - a quotation mark (") denotes inches.
    • For doorways with hinged doors, draw the door according to which way the door swings.
    • If you are replacing the cabinets, do include current cabinets or appliances in your measurements (width x height x depth). However, take the measurements of any appliances you want to include in your new kitchen. Take photographs of these items. Their placement in the new kitchen is part of the design process.
    • Do indicate the precise location of the center-line of the current sink or plumbing.

 

Tips for Measuring Cabinetry

  1. Draw a rough sketch of your kitchen.
  2. Measure every wall, beginning at the left corner, to the far right corner. Write down the total measurement in inches.
  3. Go back and measure from the left corner to the edge of any opening, such as a window or door.
  4. Measure across the opening from outside edge of trim to outside edge of trim.
  5. Measure from that trim edge to the far wall. Go back and total the measurements from steps 3, 4, and 5. They should equal the measurement in step 2.
  6. Mark on your sketch, the exact location of the sink, water and gas lines, wall switch and receptacles, and any other obstructions in the room. Be sure to measure to the center of these and not the edge.
  7. Measure from the floor to the bottom of your windows and mark it down.
  8. Then measure from the bottom of the window to the top of the window. Always from outside edge of trim.
  9. Measure from the top of the window to the ceiling and mark it down.
  10. Measure from the floor to the ceiling. Total the measurements from steps 7, 8, and 9. They should equal this measurement.
  11. If you haven’t already, measure the width of any doors, from outside of trim to outside of trim.
  12. Indicate on your sketch how each door swings. (In to or out of the room and which side the hinge is on)
  13. Measure all other walls in kitchen following steps 2 through 12. Measure all walls even if you do not plan to put cabinets on them. (This is important for us to present you with a proper design)
  14. Measure all appliances including stove, refrigerator, microwave,dish washer and sink.
  15. Double check your work. These measurements must Be 100% correct for your new cabinetry to fit correctly.

 

Identify and Measure Unmovable Obstructions

  1. Draw boxes in your diagram to show the approximate location of any obstructions such as radiators, vents, pipes, exposed plumbing, smoke detectors, central vac., etc. that you either cannot move or do not want moved. Label the object what it is: i.e. "radiator", "pipe", etc.
  2. Measure the obstruction and record the width, height, and depth of the obstruction on obstruction reaches the ceiling, omit the height measurement. If the obstruction is not in contact with the floor, measure from the floor to the bottom of the obstruction. Measure the distance of the object from the nearest two 90° walls.
  3. Measure from the nearest wall to the nearest edge of the obstruction. Measure from the point on the wall that is nearest the obstruction to the point on the obstruction nearest the wall. Measure from the second closest wall to the nearest point of the obstruction. Note these measurements on your drawing.
  4. In construction dimensions of an object are always given in the same format: width across the front, then height, then depth, so the dimension 32"x54"x14" is presumed to mean 32"w x 54"h x 14"d unless otherwise indicated.

 

Measure the Height of the Ceiling

Measure the ceiling height and write it in the center of your drawing. Sometimes, especially with older homes, it is a good idea to take measurements in a few different areas of the bathroom. Ceiling heights, even in the same room, can sometimes vary by as much as several inches. If it varies, write down both the low and high measurements.

 

Check your Measurements

Check your measurements. If your room is rectangular add up the measurements of the parallel walls and make sure they match (or are at least very close). For example, in our sample drawing, you would take the overall measurements of the top wall and add them together. Then do the same with the bottom wall. Once you have added each wall measurements check the totals to see if they match.

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