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Remodeling Tips

If you want to keep it easy, schedule an appointment to have a Lowe’s associate measure your room. (Fees may apply.) If you are handy with a tape measure, then go for it yourself!

Measuring Your space provides context

While most designers will field measure your site at some point, having rough dimensions and images available for the initial meetings are helpful in determining the overall scope of the project.

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Supplies You'll Need

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Quick Tips

  • When measuring doors and windows, the casing is considered part of the door or window, so be sure to include it in your total. Measure from the outside of the trim on one side, to the outside of the trim on the other side.
  • When taking the horizontal measurements of walls, do so at a 36-in height
  • When taking vertical measurements of your wall, go the extra mile and record heights from floor to windowsill, windowsill to top of window, top of window to ceiling, then floor to ceiling. You’ll be glad you did later on in the process. 
  • Make note of any electrical details, such as switches and outlets that need to stay, or could possibly be moved.
  • If you plan to keep existing light fixtures, list their dimensions to avoid obstructing taller items such as pantry cabinets, refrigerators and crown moulding.
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Measuring Your Space

  1. To begin, draw an outline of the room
  2. Measure and note the ceiling height
  3. Measure and note all wall lengths
  4. Check corner 'squareness' at the floor, base and wall cabinet levels to determine if you will have any issues during installation. To check for corner 'squareness':
    • Mark a point 3 feet out from the corner of one wall
    • Mark a point 4 feet out from the corner of the adjacent wall
    • Measure the distance between the two marked points, if the distance is 5 feet, the corner is square (If your walls are not square, don't worry, a good installer will be able to work around any issues by using shims between the cabinets and the wall)
  5. Measure and note the location of obstacles along each wall, recording their height, width and depth from outside edge to outside edge (Include doors, windows and pipe chases)
  6. Identify and note existing plumbing, electrical and lighting centerlines on all walls including:
    • Plumbing
    • Range hook-up
    • Light switches
    • Electrical outlets
    • Lighting fixtures
    • Phone jacks
    • Heating/Air vents
  7. Record the height from finished floor for items like windows, outlets, and vents
  8. Record measurements of any free-standing furniture pieces or appliances that may stay in the room
  9. Have an electrician check the electrical service panel conditions to ensure it can handle any change of appliances you may be making in the kitchen
  10. If attic or basement walls will be affected by the renovation, make sure any plumbing or venting changes are verified by a professional
  11. Once the room dimensions have been recorded, put pencil to paper and get designing!  Typically, it makes sense to start planning your cabinetry from the corner and work your way out to the end of the run, planning the base cabinets first.  Use this handy guide.