Kitchen Drawing

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!

  • Start with the wall with a window, often the sink wall. Measure the overall length at the floor, mid-way up the wall, and at the house is perfectly square (use the smaller measurement for uneven walls). You may not be able to get to the floor if there's a cabinet in the way, just do the best you can.
  • Note the numbers outside each wall line on your kitchen drawing.
  • Next, mark the location on the wall's length of windows and doors, measuring up to the outside trim. Note the numbers inside the line on your sketch.

Like this:

  • Then, moving in a clockwise direction, measure the other walls the same way.
  • Now measure the placement of everything on the walls - outlets, switches, etc. Add those dimensions like this:

2) On another piece of paper draw a front-view sketch of each wall. Doesn't have to be pretty, just you!

  • Measure wall heights from floor to ceiling at both corners and mid-way along the wall. Note these on your front view sketch.
  • Note the height measurement to each window's trim from the floor and from the ceiling. Same thing with everything else on the wall...outlets, vents, anything that's a permanent "break" in the wall.
  • Measure any ceiling fixtures from all walls and from corner to corner.
  • If your appliances are staying, measure them, too, including depth.

I guarantee at some point you're going to say, "Oops, I forgot to measure the_____!" I admit, I do it myself.

If you want,  you can stop your kitchen drawing here...

...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.

  • Once a wall is drawn to scale, add up all the smaller measurements to make sure they match exactly your overall wall measurement. If they don't, RE-MEASURE! Tedious, but necessary.
  • When you're sure your drawing is to scale, go over it in black pen.

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!

Kitchen Design Planning

Kitchen Cabinet Sizes

Kitchen Design Basics

Order Kitchen Cabinets

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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.