Kitchen drawing is not art. Your first drawings will be a series of rough sketches to note dimensions. This is a MUST-DO...a vital step in learning how to design a kitchen.
You're going to measure everything in the room - in inches. This is easier with two people. Three are even better - two to wield the tape measure and one to write down the numbers.
Been a while since you read a tape measure? Here you go!
1) First step in kitchen drawing: draw a freehand overhead view of the room. Sketch in walls, windows and doors.
The sketch doesn't have to be exact, just a basic blueprint you can add the numbers to as you go along. The measurements DO have to be exact, though!
2) On another piece of paper draw a front-view sketch of each wall. Doesn't have to be pretty, just understandable...to you!
I guarantee at some point you're going to say, "Oops, I forgot to measure the_____!" I admit, I do it myself.
...and take your measurements to your favorite home center! (Check out the Order Kitchen Cabinets page before you go!)
They will design a kitchen for you. However, I recommend following the rest of the instructions in this section. If you do, you'll be able to experiment with kitchen layouts, discover new cabinet placement strategies, and really design your own kitchen!
3) Now draw the overhead view measurements onto a piece of graph paper. Use the formula of 1 block = 6 inches, or whatever works for you.
4) Put graph paper in your printer and print out a half dozen copies.
IMPORTANT: Save the original kitchen drawing and do not draw on it!
You've completed a major milestone! NOW COMES THE FUN PART - DESIGN!
First, let's take a look at Kitchen Cabinet Sizes, a complete reference page you'll use in designing. Print out a copy to keep handy.
Then come with me to Kitchen Design Basics. This page walks you through the design steps to take to finish your design!
You're on your way to designing your beautiful new kitchen!
Thinking of remodeling?
Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.
Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.
Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.