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Measuring your space for new cabinetry

It is beneficial to measure your kitchen yourself when planning a renovation. This will help you to plan how your new cabinetry will look and the placement of the cabinets and appliances.


There are two methods of measuring depending on if you are planning a cabinetry in an empty newly built room or if you are simply replacing your old cabinetry with the exact same layout and size. It is important to ensure that all your measurements are in millimetres.


Brand new layout/re-configuring of existing space

Step 1

Sketch out a design of the layout you want for your new cabinetry. Include where you want your appliances, drawers, cabinets, and benchtops to be placed. In a kitchen, include lower and overhead cabinets as well as the pantry and island (if there is one). Label all appliances, windows, doorways, and walls on your sketch.


Step 2

Measure the height and width of all the walls in the room where you want your new cabinetry. This is required to ensure the size and placement of your cabinetry is correct. All concept drawings compiled at AJ’s Cabinets start with the wall size. Include your wall measurements on your sketch.

Step 3

Measure the height of your ceiling. This will ensure that your overhead cabinets are placed at the right height, allowing for the height of base cabinets and splashbacks as well as the thickness of the benchtops. Include the ceiling height on your sketch.


Exact replacement of an existing space

If you are content with the current size and layout of your room and simply want to replace all cabinets and appliances, measuring for a new one is easy.


Step 1

Measure the height, width and depth of your cabinets in millimetres.

Step 2

Measure the height, width and depth in millimetres of your appliance openings, such as refrigerator and dishwasher.

Step 3

Draw a basic sketch of your kitchen with all cabinets and appliance openings and include all your measurements. Label all appliances, windows and doorways.

And that’s basically it for the measuring part. Make sure to check your work, measure everything twice! Next comes the fun part.


Inspiration Ideas

You’ve sketched your cabinetry and measured. Now it’s time to get creative. Think of colours and finishes you’d like your cabinet doors and drawers to be. Will your benchtops be timber, laminate or stone? Would you like to include a statement colour or keep it white and neutral? If you have an island bench, think about whether you’d like a waterfall feature where the stone continues down to the floor on one end of the island.


The possibilities are endless. Ensure that you choose materials and finishes that are within your budget and family status. For example, if you have young children or pets, you may want to choose hard-wearing materials for your benchtops and cabinets.


Have fun with it and know that AJ’s Cabinets are here for you to offer advice and a wide variety of material/colour/finish samples from our new showroom!

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