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How to Measure for Cabinets Step-By-Step

Measuring is the most important step to saving money and getting rid of headaches. If you want to avoid problems down the road, it’s important that you make sure that you are taking accurate measurements in the beginning. If you need help you can call us at any time.

Follow These Steps:


  • Get a tape measure a piece of paper and a pencil ready
  • Take your time don’t rush and record measurements correctly
  • Measure everything three times if you have to
  • Do not round each measurements
  • Make sure you have all of your appliances and sinks, etc picked out before you start measuring
  • Do not forget to send in the appliance specifications with your measurements
  • Follow the instructions below

Measuring Your Kitchen

IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND: When measuring always try to imagine yourself as if you are looking down at the room from the ceiling.  Always start measuring at a corner and work your way out to an opening.

Measure the whole room wall to wall, indicate all breaks in walls (windows, doors, openings) by measuring from the corner to the outside edge of the molding or opening. Mark where the wall end is and where the cabinets will be exposed AS “FE” (Finished End). Indicate any appliances and sinks and exactly where they go, openings for air vents, offsets, etc.

From the corner, measure to center line of sink.  If the sink has an offset look, measure to the center line of the window.  Measure to the center of the oven or stove top.  Indicate where the outlets and/or gas lines are behind the oven.  Mark down any ducting and outlets. KEEP IN MIND, plumbing and outlets can be moved to accommodate a design.

Measuring your bathroom

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Measure the width of the available space. Take into account the room necessary for cabinet doors and drawers to open. Consider door clearance and toilet location when designing your bath. Cabinet end should be 16″ to the center of the toilet, otherwise it might be too cramped. Again measure to the center of the plumbing and mark any outlets that might be there.

Bathroom vanities are usually 21″ deep, make sure it will work in your available space. If your space is limited, we can make 18″ deep bath vanities. Confirm that a 32″ Height vanity will work in your available space. Our vanities can be up to any height but standard is 32″

Measuring Your Closets & Utility Cabinets

Before you get started, here are a few things you’ll need to complete ahead of time:

  1. Take careful measurements, recording the width and height of every wall to the nearest 1/4 inch,
  2. Measure the width of your door, as well as the height of your closet,
  3. Take stock of the contents in your closet. Do you have several pairs of shoes or long garments,
  4. Consider what types of accessories you need to organize them (rods, shelves, baskets, drawers),
  5. Consider what type of shelving system will work best in your storage space (laminate/wood, wire).
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Important Tips When Measuring for Cabinets

  • Note window size and placement, along with trim and sill dimensions
  • Note the location of ventilation and duct-work on your drawing
  • Measure any items that will stay in the room and relate to your floor plan
  • Make note of any electrical details, such as light switches and outlets that need to stay, or could possibly be moved
  • If you will be working around existing lighting fixtures, list their dimensions to avoid any obstruction with taller items like pantry cabinets, refrigerators or crown moldings
  • Once your designer has measured the space, double and triple check the measurements prior to placing your order; every component will be specially made just for you


If you have a custom piece cabinet that is not in the catalog, write down the details you have in the order form as well.  All the cabinets in our catalog can be customized any which way you want, with door styles and moldings.
For example:  If there is a cabinet that is 18″ wide 24″ deep 36″ height, and you need the with 18 3/16″ the depth 24 9/16″ and the height 34 1/2″, no problem, write down the part number, and in your order form indicate the exact size that you need next to the part number.
Also, if there is a cabinet in our catalog that does not have your desired shape, we can customize that, too.

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