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Measure Your Kitchen

A good kitchen design depends on accurate measurements. First, decide what you need, what you
want and what you'd like to keep and incorporate in your new kitchen. Then, help organize your
thoughts and make it easier for others to understand your ideas by drawing a preliminary room outline
and floor plan. They don't have to be works of art, just clear overhead sketches of your new kitchen.

Step 1 - Tools needed

25 Foot metal tape measure
Graph paper (use the attached grid)
Pencil and paper

Some of the first things you will need to know about your room are the dimensions. If you are
building, your builder or architect can provide you with a set of plans to provide you with all the
information needed. If you are remodeling, measure the space carefully and create a sketch of the
room. In the finished design you will show the locations of all appliances, plumbing, electrical outlets,
light switches, windows and doors you wish to keep.

Step 2 - Measure your kitchen

Note: all measurements should be in inches

Walls

- Begin in one corner, select a wall and measure its length from corner to corner.
- Write the measurement on the corresponding wall on your sketch.
- Go to the next corner and measure the length of the next wall.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all wall measurements are complete.
- Measure the height of the room. Write this dimension in the space provided.

Windows and doors

- Begin in the upper left corner of your drawing.
- Moving clockwise, number the windows until you reach the starting point.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the doorways.
- Measure the width of the window. See note below. Write the dimension on the drawing.
- Measure the height of the window. See note below. Write the dimension in the table on
iithe drawing corresponding to the window number.
- Move clockwise around the room measuring each window until you reach the starting point.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the doorways.

- Note: The trim is considered part of the window or door. Measure from the outside of the trim on
iione side to the outside of the trim on the other side.

Here is a picture of a sample drawing:

Step 3 - Locate Utilities

Locate any existing plumbing and measure the distance from each wall and floor. Repeat for electrical
outlets, light switches, lighting hookups, telephone jacks and floor and wall vents.

Note: E represents electrical outlets, SS represents a double light switch and T represents a telephone
jack on the sample drawing.

Step 4 - Identify Appliances

If you plan to keep any of your existing appliances, record the dimensions of each and a location
where they are to be placed. Measure the distance from corners to any appliance. Stop at the
outside of the appliance. Repeat around the entire room.

Step 5 - Construction details

Ceiling heights, even in the same room, can vary. Measure ceiling heights in 3 different places
throughout the room: Soffits typically contain electrical and plumbing elements that may not be
able to be relocated. Measure and note soffit dimensions on your drawing.

Ceiling location 1 __________ 2 __________ 3 __________

Is there a basement under the room? ______

Does the room have a soffit or bulkhead? ______

Do you plan to keep existing soffits or bulkheads? ______

Will the soffit or bulkhead include recessed lighting? ______

Step 6- Transferring your measurements

Sketch the outline of your room on the graph paper including any windows, doors and doorways.
On doors make sure to indicate the direction the door swings. Make sure to add the measurements
in inches.

Scale: Each square equals inches. They can represent 3", 6" or 12" each.

Step 7 - Create the ideal layout for your kitchen

Once you've accurately measured and drawn out your room dimensions, you can begin laying out
the ideal floor plan for your new kitchen.

Understanding the "work triangle" will help the efficiency of your design. Your basic work triangle
is an imaginary line drawn from the kitchen's three primary work areas: food storage (refrigerator),
food preparation (stove) and clean-up (sink). Keep your work triangle to a manageable size of 26
feet or less, which is the sum of the three legs of the work triangle. Keep traffic flow out of the
work triangle if at all possible.

Some design tips for all kitchen layouts

Place the sink cabinets and appliances as close to the original layout as possible.
Make sure doors open properly, appliances are unobstructed and traffic flows easily through your kitchen.
Experiment with design. Consider substituting other cabinets -- or combination of cabinets -- of
the same dimension for some of your current cabinets.

The U-shaped kitchen: a compact work triangle

This kitchen is a very popular layout because of the compact work triangle it creates. It contains
generous counter space and helps provide an efficient work flow.

The L-shaped kitchen: flexibility for large or small homes

The flexible design of an L-shaped kitchen means that appliances can be located in several different
areas. It's practical for families because it divides easily into a kitchen and eating area. It's also ideal
for adding a dining or relaxation area or a kitchen island.

The G-shaped kitchen: lots of counter and cabinet space

The G-shaped kitchen is very much like the U-shaped with the addition of a cabinetry "leg". It contains
ample counter and storage space. Multiple cooks can easily function in this layout. It's an ideal center
for entertaining guests.

The single wall kitchen: a simple layout for any home

The single wall unit provides an open and airy layout, particularly for apartments or smaller homes. A
moveable butcher's block floating island cabinet can be used away from fixed counters to increase space.

The galley kitchen: ideal for small kitchens

The galley kitchen is ideal for small kitchens with appliances in close proximity to each other. A minimum
48" corridor width should be provided. This allows one cook to easily maneuver and can be converted
into a U-shaped kitchen by closing off one end.


U-Shaped

G-Shaped

L-Shaped

Single Wall

Galley

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