Whether you are planning a DIY New Bedford kitchen remodel or if you have hired a contractor to install your solid maple kitchen cabinets for you, it pays to have an understanding of how to measure and purchase new cabinets. While a lot of thought usually goes into the debate on choosing colors and styles, most homeowners don’t stop to think about how their cabinets will fit in the existing space. Even if you are changing the layout, you still need to have the right measurements for your Southcoast kitchen remodeling project. Shaker style kitchen cupboards or contemporary designs all have unique measurements that must be considered when measuring and purchasing cabinets for your home.
Get It Right the First Time
The worst thing that can happen if you don’t do proper measurements for your Southcoast kitchen remodeling project is that you’ll have to replace the items that you bought by mistake. The bad news is that many dealers won’t take back the solid maple kitchen cabinets you ordered once they have been delivered. Even if they do an exchange, the time and money wasted in the process could set you back or cause you to have to skip a few improvements to meet your budgetary constraints. Getting it right the first time means learning how to measure your existing cabinets and space options for your New Bedford kitchen remodel.
Start by measuring your existing cabinetry as close as you can to ensure a proper fit. Every measurement you take should be within a quarter of an inch of the exact length of the piece. There’s an old contractor saying that goes, “measure twice, cut once.” What this means is that if you take the time to measure the item carefully and then do it again to double-check your results, you will only have to “cut” once and won’t have to do it again to fix a mistake. Instead of just measuring your current cabinets, take the time also to measure the space where the new cabinets will be installed. This will help to avoid any potential issues with size when it comes time to install your new solid maple kitchen cabinets.
Double Check Your Work
As if measuring twice wasn’t enough, the industry experts also suggest that you have someone else there to double-check your work. If you are doing a DIY project, ask your spouse, significant other, or close friend to do the measurement as well so you can see if it matches your measurements. This helps to ensure accuracy. Another buddy-system method is to have your friend help you measure the space, as in one person holds the tape measure, and the other person writes down the measurements. This helps to make sure that all of your i’s and dotted and t’s are crossed.
Be careful around appliance spaces. Make sure to leave room for any appliances that will be installed in your New Bedford kitchen remodel. The refrigerator, range, dishwasher, microwave, and any additional convenience options. Under-the-counter ice makers, wine chillers, and other specialty options are becoming more commonplace in American homes. If you are adding a new appliance to your floorplan, make sure to account for it in your measurements before you purchase materials for your Southcoast kitchen remodeling project. The sink is also a commonly overlooked item, especially when it comes time to cut the countertops for a remodel. Don’t forget the kitchen sink!
Create a Floor Plan
One of the best ways to maintain good records of all your measurements so you will be prepared when you find the solid maple kitchen cabinets that you want to buy is to create a floor plan. Whether you do the measurements yourself or have them professionally done by a contractor, creating a floor plan can help you to see what would fit where when you visit our showroom. Fill in all measurements as they are taken, so you won’t forget where they need to be in relation to the rest of the space.
Measure the windows as well when you create your floor plan. The distance from the corner of the room to the edge of every window and trim from both sides of the window is what you need to record. You should also take an accurate measurement of the window’s actual dimensions from the outside trim to the other outside trim. Walls and ceilings are essential, especially if you will be adding any fixtures or want to hang wall cabinets. Include all wall dimensions from the corner to where you want the cabinets to end and make sure to note the ceiling height.
Visit Our Showroom in Swansea
Once you are ready to start shopping for materials to use in your New Bedford kitchen remodel, make sure to visit our showroom. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable sales staff can answer any questions you might have about our shaker style kitchen cupboards and many other designs. Pick the color, type, size, style, and price range that appeals to you most and save considerably on what you would pay at any other Southcoast showroom. Give us a call at 508-379-6154 to speak with one of our team members or to learn more about our showroom hours and location.