Step 1. Measurements

If the thought of reading numbers on a rule makes your palms sweat, have no fear! Here's some guidelines:

OK, a couple of reminders while the thought of new cabinetry is running through your head:

Step 1: Getting the Measurements

  1. Grab your tape measure and a notebook (digital or pad and pencil). Do a quick sketch, drawing the walls, and indicating any doors, windows, wall bump-outs, fireplaces, etc. Use our sample room below as a guideline.
  2. Now, starting at any corner, measure from there to the first thing indicated on your sketch. (It may be a door or window casing, or maybe where the wall turns 90 degrees. Every home is different!) Now start from that point, and take your next measurement. Remember, measure to the outside of all casings.
  3. Continue on for the rest of the room in the same fashion, measuring and jotting down the results.
  4. Once the whole room has been documented, check you work by adding up the total length of each wall. Remeasure if you get different overall lengths for two walls that should measure the same!
  5. When you are satisfied with the results, there's one more type of measurement that should be taken: Floor-to-ceiling height. (You may need a measuring buddy for this) Starting in a corner (it doesn't have to be tight to the walls, a couple of feet in will work fine) measure from the floor the ceiling. Do that for each corner, and note it on your sketch.

Now that Step 1 is done, hang on to your sketch, and let's move on to Step 2...

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