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How to Measure Your Kitchen for New or Replacement Countertops: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: Jun 11, 2023


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Here are the 7 steps on how to measure your kitchen for new countertops:

  1. Draw a rough sketch of your kitchen. This will help you to visualize the layout of your countertops and to identify any areas that may be difficult to measure.

  2. Break down your kitchen into sections. This will make it easier to measure each section individually.

  3. Measure the length and width of each section. Be sure to measure from the back wall to the front wall and from the sidewall to the sidewall.

  4. Calculate the square footage of each section. To do this, multiply the length by the width.

  5. Add up the square meters of all of the sections. This will give you the total square meter area of your countertops.

  6. Add an additional 10% to the total square meters. This will allow for any waste or unexpected cuts.

  7. Round up the total square meters to the nearest whole number. This will give you the final measurement that you will need to provide to your countertop installer.

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When measuring for countertops, there are a few special considerations that you should keep in mind.

  • The type of countertop material. Some countertop materials, such as granite and marble, are more expensive than others. It is important to factor in the cost of the material when making your measurements.

  • The thickness of the countertop material. Countertop materials come in a variety of thicknesses. It is important to measure the thickness of the material that you want to use so that you can order the correct amount.

  • The overhang. The overhang is the amount of countertop that extends beyond the cabinets. It is important to measure the overhang so that you can order the correct amount of material.

  • The sink and cooktop cutouts. If you are replacing your sink or cooktop, you will need to measure the cutouts so that the new countertops can be properly installed.

  • The backsplash. If you are installing a backsplash, you will need to measure the height of the backsplash so that you can order the correct amount of material.

By keeping these special considerations in mind, you can be sure that you will get an accurate measurement for your countertops.


Measuring countertops for accuracy

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Here are some additional tips for measuring your kitchen for countertops:

  • Use a tape measure that is at least 5/7m long.

  • Make sure that the tape measure is in good condition and that the numbers are easy to read.

  • Measure from the back wall to the front wall first, and then measure from the sidewall to the sidewall.

  • Be sure to measure at the highest point of each section (not all floors are even).

  • If you have any islands or breakfast nooks or any other tricky area, be sure to measure those separately, take photos, and send them with your rough sketch.

  • If you have any appliances that will be installed on the countertops or that you want to be installed in a cupboard, be sure to measure those as well.

  • Once you have measured all of the sections, add up the square meters and add an additional 10%.

  • Round up the total square meters to the nearest whole number.

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By following these steps, you can be sure that you will get an accurate measurement and an idea of the price for your new kitchen countertops.


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