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A Step-by-Step Guide To Measuring Your Kitchen For New Kitchen Doors

Have you ever looked at your kitchen cabinets and felt they were silently judging you with their dated designs? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many homeowners find themselves wishing for a kitchen uplift or refresh but they dread the thought of a full-on renovation. Fear not! A simple swap of kitchen doors can work wonders and it all starts with getting those measurements spot on.

As Harry Lupton, our seasoned director and veteran joiner always reminds us, “A tape measure is your best friend in the kitchen.” Next to the fridge, of course! So, grab your trusty measuring tape, because we’re about to guide you through the process of how to measure your kitchen for your new kitchen doors.

Preparation (What You’ll Need)

Before you start measuring, make sure you’ve got the following:

  • Measuring tape: Opt for one in millimetres for precision.
  • Notepad and pen: To jot down those crucial numbers.
  • Step ladder or a proper ladder (optional): For reaching those top shelf doors.
  • Sketch of your kitchen layout (optional): Handy for labelling your measurements and staying organised.

Measuring The Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Identify The Kitchen Cupboard Doors You’re Replacing

First things first, take a good look around your kitchen and make a note of every door – yes, every single one of those kitchen doors. Remember, those small doors above the cooker or tucked under the sink count, too. Every door counts, even the tiny ones that only seem to store your secrets or hide your cheeky snack stash!

It’s important to consider not just the obvious large cabinet doors but also the smaller, often overlooked ones that can make or break the uniform look of your kitchen update. You wouldn’t wear a suit with one odd sock, would you? It’s the same with kitchen doors; they all need to match for the best effect,

And don’t just eyeball it – make sure to get a clear view. Harry suggests, “If you need to, pull out a chair or a step ladder. It’s better to see everything clearly than miss a door because it is too high or hidden away.” Safety first, though; we don’t want any wobbly moments!

This step is about making sure every part of your kitchen is considered before you dive into measuring. It sets the stage for a seamless renovation, ensuring no door is left behind. As Harry puts it, “It’s all in the details. Getting it right from the start will save you a headache later on!”

Height Measurement

  • Tip from Harry: “Always measure from the back of the door; it’s less fussy.”
  • Measure the height of each door from top to bottom at three points: left, middle and right.
  • Use the smallest measurement to avoid any surprises. As Harry says, “It’s like a haircut, measure thrice and cut once!”

Width Measurement

  • Similarly to height, measure the width at the top, middle and bottom.
  • Again, jot down the smallest measurement to ensure the best fit.

Record Measurements

Now, let’s talk about keeping track of your measurements. It’s crucial to write down every number clearly. After all, a mix-up between a 500 and a 550 could mean the difference between a kitchen door that fits perfectly and a kitchen door that’s just a bit too snug or – heaven forbid – won’t fit at all!

Harry’s advice on this front is: “Label them as if you’re explaining it to someone who thinks a kitchen is just a place to keep beer cold.” His point? Make it so clear that anyone could understand it, even if they’re more familiar with the fridge than the kitchen cupboard doors surrounding it.

“Use a notebook or a digital app if you prefer tech solutions,” Harry adds. “Just ensure each measurement is paired with the right door. You might even want to draw a quick sketch of each door and annotate it.”

And remember, consistency is key. Always write down measurements in the same order: height first, then width. It’s like putting your socks on before your shoes. There’s a good order to these things.

This careful recording is your notes for ordering your replacement kitchen doors. By getting this step spot-on, you’re setting yourself up for a smooth installation later on.

Additional Considerations (Optional)

Hinge Positions

When it comes to hinges, placement is everything. If you’re thinking of using your existing hinges for your new doors, don’t overlook measuring the distance from the top or bottom of the door to the centre of the hinge. It’s crucial!

Think of hinges as the knees of your kitchen doors, they need to be in just the right spot to work smoothly. If they’re even a little bit off, you might end up with a kitchen door that swings like it’s dancing to its own tune!

So, grab your tape measure and get precise. Measure from the edge of the door to the centre of the hinge. Whether it’s from the top or the bottom, consistency is your friend here. Record these measurements carefully, because they’re as important as the door measurements themselves.

Remember, a door that doesn’t fit properly can be a real headache. You don’t want your kitchen remodel turning into a door-swinging comedy act!

If you don’t have one, be sure to buy one of our hinge hole cutters to help you get them perfect or you can even ask and we just might do them for you.

Checking The Kitchen Door Handedness

Checking the handedness of your kitchen doors is straightforward but crucial—it dictates which way your door will swing open. Remember, it’s the hinge holes that mainly determine whether a door is left or right-handed. Getting this right can prevent a lot of confusion during installation.

Take a moment to observe the side the hinge holes are on, on each door. This will tell you if it’s meant to swing to the left or the right. Think of it as checking the direction of a compass before setting off on a hike – you want to make sure you’re headed the right way from the start!

A little tip: just note down the hinge hole side for each door as you go along. This ensures that when it comes time to hang the doors, they’ll fit seamlessly without any frustrating rework. After all, you’d want your kitchen doors to open smoothly, like a well-rehearsed dance move, rather than bumping into each other!

Double-Checking And Tips

Double-check your measurements. As Harry often tells our team, “Measure twice, order once – saves a trip back to the builders’ merchants and keeps your wallet happy.”

Making Sure You Get It Right

Accurate measurements are the cornerstone of a successful kitchen door replacement. They’re the difference between a door that fits like a glove and one that looks like it’s been borrowed from someone else’s kitchen.

Ready to take the plunge? Harry advises you should: “Arm yourself with a tape measure and that sketch pad and reclaim your kitchen’s pride!”

And remember, if you’re looking for new replacement kitchen doors for your kitchen refurbishment project, we’ve got a load of different types of doors to choose from. Everything from unpainted shaker kitchen doors to high gloss kitchen doors that’ll make your kitchen extra slick. So, start measuring and let’s make your kitchen a place of joy and stylish functionality! Why wait? Dive into your kitchen transformation today!

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