How to Measure for Base Cabinets

Base cabinets play an important part in a kitchen and a bathroom. A kitchen is the most visited place in a house by everyone, as such it is the focal point of the house when you are building a new house or renovating it. You can buy pre-built or custom made cabinets for installing in the kitchen and a bath room. Even semi-custom made cabinets are available. Base cabinets either sit on the floor or they are mounted on the wall under the counter tops. The cabinets are generally provided with doors so that you can store the items in them under the counter tops. Whatever style of the cabinets you may install, it is very important to measure the space for them accurately and decide how they will be located. You can take the measurements yourself to buy the cabinets and install them. You have to measure the space with a tape and note down the dimensions on a paper. It is better to draw a sketch first and then enter the dimensions on them. These steps can be followed for taking measurements:

Materials and Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Step 1: Draw the Sketches of Rooms

Draw the sketches of the kitchen and bathroom where the base cabinets are to be installed on a piece of paper before taking the measurements. Leave enough space to write all the dimensions and for making any notes for clarification or reference. It is better to draw the sketches for different rooms on separate papers to avoid any confusion.

Step 2: Taking Measurements

Measure the lengths of each wall with a measuring tape. It is better to use a team of two persons for easy and accurate measurements. One person is needed to hold the tape measure at one end while the other person should take measurement. Fill in all the measurements as you soon as you measure them to ensure that you do not forget them and also it will make sure that you take all the measurements needed. Take the length of each wall and mention on the drawing. This will help the cabinet supplier or manufacturers to know the overall dimension where the cabinets will fit. Measure the dimensions within 1/4" to be sure that the cabinets fit in properly.  Measure the sizes as closely as possible. Make sure to take all of the measurements from wall to where you like the cabinets to end.

Step 3: Location of Plumbing Lines

Measure the position of the center of each outlet or plumbing line from left side of each wall. Mark a symbol for the outlets or plumbing line and mention its distance from the left wall on the drawing. Take these measurements for all the walls, which will have base cabinets. Note down on your paper anything else that may interfere with cabinets.

Step 4: Measuring the Windows and Wall Dimensions

This information will be useful for the cabinet makers for designing the layout of cabinets.

Step 5: Measuring Locations for Appliances

Measure the dimensions of the appliances and their distances from the walls. Plan the locations of dish washers, refrigerators and other appliances such that they have proximity to utility lines or hookups. Make sure that you can connect them with appropriate connection and also the cabinets do not pose any hindrance.