How To Take Measurements

When Measuring a Door

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  • Note what kind of door you are looking to replace.  For example
    • Interior
      • Single
      • Double
  • Exterior
    • Single
    • Double
    • Front Entry Door with Sidelights
    • Patio Door
  •  Measure the inside portion of the rough opening from frame to frame.
  • Measure the height of the rough opening from floor to the header.
  • For exterior doors, note what the exterior of the structure is made from.
  • If you cannot measure the rough opening
    • Measure the width from outside of casing to outside of casing.
    • Measure the height from the floor to the top of the casing.
    • Then measure the width of the casing itself.
  • Note the “Swing” of the door.
    • Swing is defined as, when facing the door from the outside, what side the hinges are located.
      • For interior doors the “outside” is where you would push open the door.

Notes:

**Rough opening – opening of the hole that the door sits in that is covered by casing.

**Casing – the molding that surrounds the door.

When Measuring a Window

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All Measurements should be taken in INCHES

  • Measure the inside portion of the rough opening from frame to frame.
  • Measure the height of the rough opening from top to bottom.
  • If you cannot measure the rough opening
    • Measure the width from outside of casing to outside of casing.
    • Measure the height from the top of the casing to the bottom of the casing.
    • Then measure the width of the casing itself.

Notes:

  • Rough opening – opening of the hole that the window sits in that is covered by casing.
  • Casing – the molding that surrounds the window.

Measuring Cabinets

Follow the steps below to accurately measure your space

All measurements should be taken in INCHES

bsgrid_12827531_1284395575STEP 1. Measure ALL Walls that have/will have cabinets on them, Wall to Wall.

STEP 2. If there are any doors and/or windows in the areas where cabinet are going, measure from outside of molding to outside of molding width and height.

STEP 3. Measure from any wall corner to the beginning of the casing on any door or window.

STEP 4. Return to the corner and measure to the center of any water lines, water drains, gas lines, electrical outlets or electrical switches. You will need to pull appliances away from the wall if in the way.

STEP 5. Note the overall height of each door. Measure from floor to top of door moulding.

STEP 6. Note the measurement from the bottom of the windowsill to the floor below each window.

STEP 7. Note the measurement from the bottom of the windowsill to the top of the molding of each window.

STEP 8. Note the measurement from the top of each window to the ceiling.

STEP 9. Measure the overall floor to ceiling height, accounting for soffits and beams.

STEP 10. Repeat Steps 1 through 10, or all that apply, for each wall of the room.

STEP 11. Measure all existing appliances that will be reused in your new kitchen. If new appliances will be used, it is best to get the manufacturer’s specifications prior to designing your new kitchen.

STEP 13. As an added measure of caution, it is recommended that you measure the inside width of all entry doors and door ways to check that existing cabinets and appliances can be removed, but especially that all new cabinets, appliances and counter tops can be brought in without onsite modifications.

Measuring Countertops (Stone)

Measure your countertops in sections, as shown below. Multiply the length in inches by the width in inches. Repeat for all sections. When you have your sections measured, add them together. Divide them by 144 (the number of inches in 1 square foot, 12″ x 12″). This will give you your square footage estimate. Include any sink cutouts in the square footage. Most countertop depths are 25.5″.  As you can see below, the full width in example 1 is 125.5″, but because we broke it into 2 sections, we are only using 100.5″ in that sections measurement.

Measuring Granite CountertopsEXAMPLE 1: 
Section A:   100.5 in x 25.5 in = 2563 sq in
Section B:     60 in x 25.5 in = 1530    sq in

Total = 4093 sq in

* Now divide by 144 to obtain square footage,
Each sq foot has 144 sq in (12 x 12).

  • 4093 sq in / 144 sq in = 28.42 sq ft

EXAMPLE 2:
Section A:     72 in x 30 in  = 2160 sq in
Section B:     54 in x 30 in  = 1620 sq in

Total: 3780 sq in

  • 3780 sq in / 144 sq in = 26.25 sq ft

 

Measuring for Laminate Countertops:

Go to the back point of your countertops, which is up against you wall or backsplash. Measure from end point to end point, to get linear inches.

 

Measuring Floors

When Measuring Flooring for one room

All Measurements should be taken in INCHES

  • Measure the complete length of the longest wall from wall to wall, in inches.
  • Measure complete length of the shorter wall from wall to wall, in inches.
  • Take these two numbers and multiply them together.
  • Divide that number by 144
  • This is the Square footage of the room.
  • For any type of flooring, allow between 10-15% extra for cuts and overage.

If you are covering multiple rooms repeat these steps in each room and bring all measurement with you when going to purchase your flooring.

Happy Remodeling!