How to measure for a new kitchen

Now that you’ve booked your kitchen design consultation, it’s important to take measurements of your room so that our designers can help you make the best possible use of your space. Our simple guide below will help you to choose your layout and capture those key dimensions.

Measuring your room

Measure your kitchen

Remember to make a note of:

  • The height of the room from the floor to the ceiling/bulkhead.
  • The length and width of the room wall to wall and/or wall to doorways (measure to the outside of the architrave).
  • The height from the floor to any windows to ensure that cabinets and worktops fit.
  • The location of any old or new light switches or power points.
  • The location of existing service points such as plumbing and electricity, or any new points.
  • Any other permanent fixtures such as balustrades or pillars.

    Planning tips


  • Think about what you like/dislike in your current kitchen.
  • Think about what your kitchen will be used for (e.g. dining and entertaining).
  • Consider how many people will be utilising the kitchen.
  • For traffic areas and island worktops we recommend allowing 1200mm from the island worktop to the opposite cabinet/appliance.
  • Ensure the location of the sink bowl is centred over a suitable size cabinet.
  • Consult your manufacturers’ specifications for appliances prior to installing your kitchen.


  • Position cooking appliances under windows or near inward opening doors (especially gas units).
  • Place your fridge and cooking appliances next to one another.
  • Attempt to undertake gas, electrical or plumbing work yourself - all gas work must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered gas engineer; all electrical work must use a Part P qualified electrician. Engage the services of a licensed plumber too.
  • Always refer to your appliance instruction manual to ensure there's enough distance between the cooker hood and hob.
  • Forget your end panels - these are needed on either side of appliance cabinets and to cover the exposed side of cabinet runs.
  • Forget to leave a minimum of 300mm clearance on either side of your cooktop to any larders or panels.
  • Choose your layout

    Once you know how much space you have to work with, you then need to choose your layout. It may be based on the kitchen you’re replacing, or it may be a totally new design. Just remember to allow enough space in between worktops to allow for opening cabinet doors and traffic in the kitchen. Wherever possible, try to incorporate the working triangle. The working triangle refers to the difference between your cooktop, fridge and sink. The most effective work spaces allow 1200mm between each of these stations and minimise movement in the kitchen.
    U shape kitchen

    U-shape Kitchen

    The U-shape is most commonly suited to larger kitchen spaces and is the perfect layout for families who spend lots of time in the kitchen. You may also want to choose this layout to clearly segregate kitchen and dining/breakfast areas.
    L shape kitchen

    L-shape Kitchen

    The L-shape kitchen suits open plan living areas, smaller areas and long rooms. It also enables you to move freely between the various areas within the kitchen and gives you plenty of worktop space.
    L shape island kitchen

    L-shape Kitchen with Island

    An island in this format is most suited to larger, more spacious kitchens. Additional cabinets and worktop work space also makes this kitchen family friendly and an entertainer's paradise.
    Straight line kitchen

    Straight Line Kitchen

    The straight line kitchen is ideal for small and narrow kitchen areas, but can also suit large, open-plan spaces. It’s a simple kitchen design and is often the most inexpensive in relation to other kitchen layouts. Try teaming with a large kitchen table or butcher's block to create a great family space.
    Galley kitchen

    Galley Kitchen

    The galley kitchen is a functional kitchen design that allows you to reach all areas of the kitchen with minimal walking distance. A galley kitchen is a modern and contemporary kitchen design and the choice of many chefs.
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