Measuring your kitchen can seem a daunting task. Our handy step-by-step guide takes you through the process and identifies the various elements you'll need to measure in order to get accurate dimensions.
If you are remodeling, do not include in your measurements current cabinetry or other furniture that will not be kept, such as kitchen tables.
All of your measurements should be in inches. For example, if you measure a wall that is 10 feet, write it as 120".
Like clothing or furniture, kitchens come in many styles. Since a new kitchen costs the most and last the longest, choosing a kitchen style requires serious thought.
Speaking broadly, it helps to know if you prefer a more classic or more modern look. Making that decision will help you start to narrow down choices on everything from wall color to cabinet doors.
Picking a very specific design theme, such as French Colonial or Art Deco, gives you even more of a design road map. Mixing and matching styles typically is called eclectic, while a look that blends traditional and contemporary elements is considered transitional.
Contemporary kitchens tend to be described as modern, minimalist and geometric. The characteristics include horizontal lines, asymmetry and a lack of molding and other ornamentation.
Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
European kitchen cabinets are generally defined by a sleeker, more contemporary look than their American counterparts. One of the chief facets of European kitchen cabinet design is that they generally do not feature a frame, which is a trademark of American cabinets.
Country kitchens are cheery and welcoming, with light and/or bright colors, painted and glazed cabinets, woven baskets, floral motifs, and decorative shelving and molding.
Transitional kitchens include elements of both traditional and contemporary design. Eclectic in nature, they mix natural and man-made materials as well as finishes and textures.
Rustic kitchens often have a regional American flair: Adirondack or Pacific Northwest, for example. Others resemble a lodge or log cabin.
Color makes a huge impact on the space it fills. The right shade or texture can make your kitchen look bigger, smaller or even cheerier. Knowing how your color choices will affect your kitchen design can help you develop a color scheme that improves your room's overall design while also filling it with your favorite hues.
Depending on what you want to accomplish with your space, the colors you choose can help you achieve it. The effects of color can create the illusion of a changed space. Cooler, lighter colors can help make a room feel bigger while warmer and darker colors can make a space smaller or bring a high ceiling down farther. Similarly, the textures you choose will change the look and feel of your kitchen.
The texture effects of stainless steel with its sleek visual interest will vary from the impact of wood's natural warmth. Meanwhile, a combination of the two will lead to an entirely different design. Finally, nothing makes a big impact in your kitchen like bright colors. A splash of orange or turquoise brings a bold look to your design when done right. Discover where the best spots are for your favorite saturated shades.
I would say that, again, it’s going to go into looking at the space and seeing if there are any areas that you can eliminate cabinets. That’s going to be the biggest.
A lot of times, people want to fill their entire kitchen with cabinets, and sometimes it’s best to eliminate certain areas. If you don’t want to get into that, you can look at little things, like finish. Someone can come in wanting a French country decorative glaze finish and something like that, and maybe they need to scale back on the finish, which is going to cut costs.
Accessories, interior rollouts, kind of the fun gadgets that go into kitchen cabinetries, can eliminate those to save some cost. Then, limiting your amount of details, as far as decorative moldings or hand molding, turn post, and things like that, keeping the kitchen a little simpler, as far as the design, is going to keep your cost down.
When it comes to custom closets, if you apply these key rules of design logic, the end result will surely meet your every need:
No matter what kind of closet you're planning, take the time to think ahead and really consider what you need to store and where you want to store it. Taking a hard look at what you have will help you understand the kind of storage you need.
A man's closet needs efficiency. For example, you can double storage space by folding their pants over a hanger (instead of hanging them long).
Shelves are great for keeping men's shoes off the floor. Tie and belt racks make it easy to find accessories on busy work mornings. Drawers with dividers also work for both tie and sock storage, and you can use clips, hooks or top shelves to store sports caps.
A collection of caps can actually create a nice decorative feature for your closet. Slide-out baskets are a great tool to store items for dry cleaning. And a cube organizer can hold folded sweat pants, athletic shoes and sports accessories.
Since kids grow quickly and their needs and sizes change often, the experts say creating a flexible closet is the way to go.
Help your child establish good organizing and storage habits early by installing rods low where they can reach clothes and help pick out outfits. Using different-colored bins for storing toys really helps kids visualize where things need to go.
A combination of baskets and cubbies provides lots of flexibility and storage options for kids of all ages.