We know any design project can be exciting and intimidating. Whether you are remodeling an existing space or starting from scratch, we can show you what to do and where to start. Use this simple step-by-step planning guide to start designing your perfect space. When you are finished, bring your plan to one of our Kitchen Design Professionals, and soon you will be on your way to the space you’ve always dreamed of.
o complete this step, you will need:
A good kitchen design begins with having accurate measurements. You will first want to decide what you need, what you want, and what existing items you would like to incorporate into your new kitchen. By drawing a preliminary room outline and floor plan, you will help others understand your ideas. Don’t worry, your drawings don’t have to be works of art – just clear, simple sketches.
Start in one corner and measure along the wall approximately 36 inches from the floor. Measure the wall until you reach a stopping point, whether it is from a break in the wall, an obstruction, or an opening. If it is a window or a door, you want to measure all the way across the window or door, from outside of trim to outside of trim. You also want to measure the width of the trim and note it on your drawing.
Continue on to the next break, obstruction or opening. If there is none, continue to the corner. Continue this process all the way around the room. After you have measured the individual spaces on each wall, take a wall-to-wall measurement. This helps verify your measurements.
After you have measured the walls, get additional information for the doors and windows. Measure the overall door height, including trim, as well as the door swing. Also measure the overall window height, including trim, and the distance from floor to window sill. It often is helpful to make a chart and label each window “A,” “B,” “C,” as well as each door. You can record your measurements in the chart.
The next step is measuring ceiling height. Take the measurement in a few different areas to judge how level your floor is. If your kitchen has soffits, measure those, too. Measure the height and the distance they jut-out from the wall.
Our Measuring Guide is designed to help you scope the project. It also helps us provide you with a preliminary estimate. Choice Cabinet Chicago always professionally measures your space before finalizing any design and ordering cabinetry; so remember, the Measuring Guide is for estimate purposes only.
If you’re feeling creative, use our Printable Grid Paper to draw out your floor plan before coming in.
It will help your Design Professional with the preliminary estimate!
While working in a kitchen, a cook naturally moves between three places where different tasks are performed. The path that you make when moving from the refrigerator to the sink to the cooktop or oven is the Work Triangle. This triangle is the heart of your kitchen design.
In the next step, you will be selecting a kitchen layout. Carefully review the five different layouts to identify which is most-similar to your current kitchen. Focus on the Work Triangle while looking at each layout, as you may find a floor plan you prefer over your own.
Also keep in mind you will need a place for food preparation. The most-efficient place
for it is within your Work Triangle – whether it’s on a countertop, an island or between the
cooking and food-storage zones.
Whatever layout you choose, we recommend working with one of our Kitchen Design
Professionals to help select the appropriate cabinetry and create a kitchen that meets all of your needs.U-Shaped Kitchen