Measure your way to kitchen success

Success doesn't come without preparation. Build your dream kitchen in four simple steps.

Preparing a basic plan of your new kitchen space doesn't need to be a daunting task. In fact, having rough measurements will make the process a lot smoother in the long run for both you and your kitchen designer.

The key to achieving your dream kitchen is preparation. To avoid disappointment, be realistic with space and budget. Providing your kitchen retailer with a basic plan of what you want means you’ll get an accurate quote and the kitchen you want within your budget.

The plan you provide doesn’t need to have every detail, just key measurements and vital appliances taken into consideration. Only you know your space and how you want to fill it, so putting something down on paper gives the designer a great place to start. They won’t expect an expertly drawn perfect breakdown so keep it simple and as clear as possible but make sure to communicate how you visualise your dream kitchen to be.

To make the process even easier, here are a few steps to take and some thoughts to consider.

Step 1. Drawn an outline of the shape

On a decent size plain paper, sketch out the general outline of the room as a simple box style diagram. Be sure to include recesses, alcoves and anything else that will affect the shape of cupboard fittings .

Step 2. Add any other details that are important

Make a note on your plan of doors, windows and archways and where the existing sink is, if there is one. Make sure to also include any structural features that may impact on the space where your proposed kitchen furniture will go.

Step 3. Write down the measurements

Before measuring, label any areas of the plan that you see as important, such as the proposed dining area, or where you see a kitchen island working well. Using a tape measure, take the key dimensions and write them clearly on your plan.

Step 4. Your plan should be taking shape…

Most people already have an idea of the basic kitchen shape they want and the appliances and features they would like in it. Include all of this in your plan, making a note of where you’d like appliances to sit. Your kitchen designer may advise a more practical layout, but your vision will be at the centre of the design.

Time to get sketching! If you’re still unsure, why not watch Magnet’s video guide on kitchen measuring. (link to how to measure your kitchen video)