The best-laid plans start with proper measurements.
Whether designing your dream kitchen from scratch or revamping an existing one, here are some great tips for accurate measuring and space planning.
How to Properly Measure Your Kitchen
Ensure accuracy. In order to measure your kitchen accurately, you’ll need a tape measure, straight edge and graph paper.
Always measure clockwise. Start by working to your right around the kitchen while recording the overall length of each wall. Be sure to label doors, walls and windows with numbers.
Get the width and height. Take level estimations of dividers at 36-inches. Record vertical estimations from floor to the windowsill, from windowsill to the top of the window, from the top of the window to the ceiling then the floor to the ceiling.
Locate the center. Show the centerline of every perpetual component in all estimations including divider stove, run, sinks, windows, entryways, storage rooms, pipes and outlets.
Always Include the trim. When estimating the height and width of entryways and windows, the trim is considered to be a part of the entryway or window. Measure from one side to the next of the entryway or window trim, then measure from the outside of the trim to the center of the window or entryway.
Measuring The Space in Your Kitchen
Lighting – In addition to general lighting required by code, each work surface should be all around lit up by appropriate lighting.
Cabinet Height – Plan to store utilized things inside a cabinet at the appropriate height. Most base cabinets are 36 inches high. Upper cabinets are normally 18 inches above the ledge and 30-42 inches in high.
Work Triangle – “The Work Triangle” is the distance between the three work centers – sink, cooktop, and refrigerator, which create a triangle in your kitchen. To ensure proficiency, the measurement of the three separations ought to be no more than 26 feet.
Landing area around the fridge – Incorporate at least 15 inches of ledge landing region to the other side of the refrigerator or within 48 inches of the front of the fridge.
Landing area around the sink – To ensure proper cleanup and space around you sink, be sure to add at least a 24-inch-wide countertop landing area on one side of the sink, and at least an 18-inch-wide landing area on the other side.
Waste Receptacles – Depending on the size of your kitchen, we suggest including at least two waste receptacles – one near the sunk and one for recycling, either in the kitchen or nearby.
Dishwasher – To make things easier on yourself, we recommend placing the dishwasher no more than 36 inches away from your sink. Also provide at least 21 inches of standing space between the edge of the dishwasher and any countertops, appliances, and/or cabinets to the right of the dishwasher.
Electrical Outlets – To prevent shock, GFCI protection is required on all electrical outlets on countertop surfaces in the kitchen. Electrical codes typically require one outlet for every two feet of countertop space. Local codes may vary.
Landing area around the oven – Include at least a 15-inch landing area next to or above the oven for easy loading and unloading of items when baking.
Work Aisle – The width of a work aisle should be at least 42 inches for one cook and at least 48 inches for multiple cooks, allowing enough space to avoid less accidents in the kitchen.
Cooking Surface Landing Area – A minimum of 12 inches of landing area on one side of a cooking surface is recommended, and 15 inches on the other side.
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