How to measure a kitchen

All you need to know about measuring your kitchen

It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement when creating your kitchen – but before you fill up your mood board, don’t forget about the basics. The measurements of your kitchen will form the basis of your design – so we’ve created a guide to make sure you get all the important ones noted down.


Floor plan

Start by sketching your room layout – it doesn’t need to be accurate, just the rough shape. Mark where there are windows, doors, and archways, and indicate which way they open, and whether they lead outside or into another part of the house. Use our downloadable graph paper – it also has some helpful tips and a checklist, to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Use a measuring tape and measure the length and width of the room. We know walls aren’t always straight up, even if they look like it, so be sure to measure between the top, middle and bottom of the walls if you can. Then, measure the widths of windows and doors from the outside of the frames, as well as the distance between each door / window, and the ends of the wall they’re on (so you know exactly where each begins and ends.)

Finally, make similar notes about any other obstacles in the room. In a kitchen these could be gas and electricity meters, boilers, radiators, extractor fans, appliances, water stopcock, plug sockets, light switches and TV sockets. Again, measure their width from their widest point, and mark their position on the wall.

You now have a great floor plan to help you design your dream kitchen!

A 10×10 kitchen is a standard unit of measure used throughout the industry to help quickly figure how much it would cost to fill an L-shaped 10-foot by 10-foot space with RTA cabinets.

National  RTA Cabinets uses the 10×10 kitchen for comparison pricing. On our website, when you click on any of our cabinet lines, right near the top you will see a section called “10 x 10 KITCHEN.”


The standard RTA kitchen cabinets listed are: base 18-inch, base 24-inch, sink base 36-inch, lazy susan 36-inch, wall 36- x 15-inch, wall 18- x 30-inch, wall 30- x 15-inch, wall 12- x 30-inch, wall diagonal corner cabinet (WDC) 24- x 30-inch, wall 36- x 30-inch, and wall 24- x 30-inch.