Materials needed: Measuring tape, one foot ruler, pencil and a calculator.
Start your drawing by marking the locations of all openings and fixtures.
Starting from the left corner, measure the entire length of the walls at 2 locations: just above the floor and below the ceiling.
Measure the doors and windows from the outer edge of moldings. Note which way doors swing open.
Measure the distance of every item on the wall to the left corner.
Return to the left corner and measure to the center of any water lines, water drains, gas lines, electrical outlets, electrical switches, or anything that cannot be moved.
Locate islands and peninsulas.
Add-up all the measurements. These should be equal to overall wall measurement.
Measure floor to ceiling height in few places and account for soffits and beams. Also measure the height 2 feet away from the wall, this will identify a crooked ceiling or floor.
Measure the distance from outlets and light switches to the floor.
Measure the height of each door/ window including the molding.
Measure all existing appliances that will be reused in your new kitchen. If new appliances will be used, it is best to get the manufacturer’s specifications prior to designing your new kitchen.
Transfer measurements to a floor plan drawing grid
Be sure to note the locations of doors, windows, electrical outlets, lights, fans, plumbing fixtures, appliances, ventilation, radiators and any other fixtures in the floor or ceilings.
Sample of kitchen floor plan with dimensions: