How to Measure Your Kitchen Countertop

If you are planning to replace your countertops, you will need to know the square footage you will need to purchase. Although it may seem as if measuring for your countertop is simple, the fact is that it can be complicated. These tips can help you measure accurately so you and the sales people can adequately estimate the costs of your new counters.

Tools You Will Need

The first thing to do is to gather the tools that you will need to do the job properly. You will need a pen or a pencil and paper large enough to create a drawing as well as to add dimensions. You will also need a tape measure with measurements in inches.

Diagram of Existing Countertops

The first thing to do is to draw the layout of your countertop. You will need to diagram them in the shape they are in, whether it is L-shaped, straight, U-shaped or another design. The design should also include your appliances. The drawing does not have to be exact or look professional as you are going to use to write your measurements.

Measure the Cabinets

Use the tape measure to determine the length of your cabinets along the wall. Do not measure the edge closest to you unless your counter has odd angles. It is essential that you measure along the back of the cabinet to get an accurate measurements. Once you have determined the length, measure the depth or width of your counter as well.

Measuring Postformed Countertops

If your countertop is postformed, you need to follow special measuring instructions. A postformed countertop has a rolled or waterfall, no drop or rounded wrap-front edge. Measure the total length of each piece of countertop to the nearest 1/8” if possible. Be sure to measure along the back wall. If the counter goes into a window opening, indicate that on the drawing and measure the depth of the window as well as the measurements around it.

Bar Tops, Islands and Meeting Walls

If your kitchen has a bar top or island, measure the width and total length from the wall to the end for bartops and both the length and width for islands. When two walls meet, measure three feet on the wall from the corner and four feet on the other side, marking both measurements. A perfect 90-degree corner should indicate five feet and could help the salesperson determine if the kitchen is out of square. Note on your diagram what the measurements are for the corner.

If you are considering new countertops, we can help you with your measurements. Contact our knowledgeable sales staff today to learn more about how to measure properly so that your countertops fit perfectly as soon as they are installed. Contact us by phone or online today.
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