Anytime you get to your kitchen, are you completely satisfied with how it looks? If not here is the thing.
As a homeowner, it comes a time when a home makeover is the only thing to doCountertops are key features that highlight the well-being of your kitchenDo not hesitate to make them look posh by installing new countertops.
Your contractor may ask you for countertops measurements to give a brief overview of what to expect in terms of cost. The process of measuring your kitchen or bathroom countertop is easy and straightforward. This is because it requires simple calculations and no specialized tools.
What You Need
Before you begin the process of measuring your countertops, ensure you have all the materials ready. Most of the materials you need are readily available and cheap. Therefore, this means you don’t have to break your bank to buy these materials. Here are some of the materials that you must have to make your work easier.
- Measuring tape
- Paper (grid paper helps with drawing straight lines)
- Pen or Pencil
Ensure you have all these materials before you set out to measure your countertops.
Step 1: Come Up With a Plan
Create a rough diagram of your kitchen before you initiate the process of measuring the countertops. You don’t have to worry about drawing your kitchen to scale. This is a rough diagram that gives your contractor with a brief overview of your kitchen.
Also, this is where you will record your true measurements of your kitchen or bathroom countertops. Take your pencil and a piece of paper and begin to sketch the walls and doors. You don’t have to worry about the accuracy but ensure you come with something realistic.
Step 2: Sketch the appliances, sink, and faucet.
Additionally, your rough diagram must capture the location of the sink, appliances, and faucet. As you capture these items on your diagram you should note the following;
- If you intend to keep the current appliances and fixture then draw the existing sinks, appliances, and faucets on your diagram.
- If you change the layout of your space, make sure you include that on your diagram. This will be made possible by showing the new location of your appliances, sink and faucets.
- It is important to note the type of sink (under-mount, drop-in, or farm sink). Also, take your time to note the location of the cooktop or stove and refrigerator. If it is a stove, you may need to create a space on your drawing as there is no rooftop.
Step 3: Sketch the Layout of Your Cabinets
You need to include the layout of your cabinet as well. Again, you don’t have to worry about the accuracy of the measurement. This is only a rough diagram that gives a picture of how your kitchen or bathroom looks like. Here are some of the things you need to pay attention;
- If you intend to adopt the current cabinetry, ensure you draw the current and actual layout of your cabinets on your diagram.
- In case you choose to change the layout of the cabinetry, make sure you sketch the new cabinetry layout.
Step 4: Show the Edges
It is good to mark all the edges that are to be polished. You can easily customize the design of your countertops. Edges are key determinant to the overall cost of your countertops. Therefore, it is important to indicate the finished edges on your diagram.
Step 5: Measuring
Now that you have a sketch diagram of your countertop, you can now go ahead and measure the actual countertop that you have using a tape measure. You are required to measure the length and width of your countertop. In this section, we provide a step by step approach of measuring the length and width of your countertop separately.
Measuring the length of the current countertop
Here is the way to go about measuring the length of the current kitchen or bathroom countertop;
- Take your tape measure to get the length of one portion of the countertop.
- Let the measuring tape flush run at the back of the edge of the countertop from one end to another. The beginning and end of a section is marked by a wall, appliance, or edge of a cabinet.
- The measurements you get add 3⁄4 inch (1.9 cm).
- Round off the measurements to the nearest 1⁄8 inch (0.32 cm).
- Lastly, record the readings on the diagram you sketched.
Tip: If you have an L shape countertop, measure the long side first followed by the short side then add both measurements. Ensure you pay close attention to the steps we have listed above.
When you get to the sink, do not stop measuring. Recall what we indicated on the steps that the end and beginning of a section is marked by a wall, edges of the cabinet and appliances.
Measuring the width of the current countertop
Once you are done with measuring the length, turn your focus to the width. Here is the way to go;
- Run the tape measure from the back of the counter drop to its finished front edge.
- Round the measure, you get to the nearest 1⁄8 inch (0.32 cm).
- Record the readings on the rough diagram or can as well record in a new sheet.
Step 6: Calculate The Square Footage
In order to get an accurate estimate of the cost of your countertop, you must calculate the square footage. Finding square footage is easy and straight forward. Follow the following steps, and you will surely get the solution.
- Calculate the area of each square or section by multiplying the length by width (L X W).
- Calculate the total square by adding all the total areas of all sections.
- To get the total square footage, divide the square by 144.
NB: You must be accurate in your measurements. This is because the figure will determine the overall cost of installing the countertop.