Design Custom Kitchen & Bath Cabinets
In few easy steps will tell you how to measure
for your new kitchen.
- Sketch an outline of your kitchen.
- Mark windows, doors, and any openings or obstacles like pipes, vents, radiators.
- Measure each wall (corner to corner / corner to end of the wall).
- Measure width of windows and doorways (from the outside trim to outside trim), measure height if necessary (if for example – window drops below cabinet level, or you want to put a cabinet above window or door).
- Measure the distance from either end of the wall or corner to the outside trim of the window (same for doorways).
- Measure the height of the room (try in few places – to make sure it’s the same).
- Measure the distance from either end of the wall or corner to the middle of existing sink, or to any water pipes or drain (same for and gas lines or power outlets meant for stove or oven).
- Have measurements for all existing appliances – or if you’re getting new ones please have any specification that the manufacture should provide for installation.
There are four basic kitchen layouts – galley, peninsula, L-shaped, and U-shaped (see examples below). All four usually have one thing in common – they are built around the “work triangle”. Creating work triangle can reduce excess movement by positioning most important elements like kitchen sink, stove, and refrigerator in straight line from each other.
Galley kitchens are very efficient because
everything is just few steps away. Usually sink
and refrigerator are on one side and the stove
is on the other. One of the disadvantages of
the galley kitchen is limited counter space
Peninsula kitchen could be converted from a galley
or L-shaped kitchen. It provides open design that
incorporates kitchen and kitchenette area. Extra
counter space can be used for additional seating
and breakfast area.
L-shaped kitchens are most common and most popular
design. There are easy to get around, and provide
easy access to all important elements. Uninterrupted
work triangle makes the workflow easy and natural.
U-shaped kitchen is designed on three adjacent
walls. Sink, refrigerator, and stove are usually
spread out on each wall – making the work triangle
work at its best. If your kitchen is large enough
adding an island can add functionality and counter