How to survey your kitchen

Measure Twice, Cut Once

The old adage ‘measure twice, cut once’ is a worthy start to this section

Survey Your Kitchen

The prospect of a new kitchen is very exciting so it’s easy to see how the planning and preparation stages can be hastily skimped on . Take time now – not only to accurately measure your kitchen, but to decide upon your needs and desires. You’ll thank us for this later, we promise!

We have put together a handy questionnaire to help us plan your kitchen. Simply download the PDF below and once completed, send it back to us at


Bridgford & Greene Design Service Customer Questionnaire


To get you started, why not use our handy guides throughout this section.

Let's Get Down To The Nitty Gritty!

Tips for accurately measuring a kitchen

  • Measure around the room at approx 900mm high. Use a 5m steel tape for accuracy
  • Measure each wall section (ie. window aperture, wall between window and door), then take overall measurements of the room. Add the section measurements together and check that they add up to the overall dimension. If they don’t, it’s back to the tape measure…
  • Ceiling heights – any sloping areas or beams we need to know about?
  • Include architraves in your door measurements and indicate which way doors open
  • Give window cill depths and the height from floor to cill. Window heights are useful too
  • Is there existing cooker hood ducting? Mark its centre point and height from floor

Tape measures at the ready… here’s how to do it

Firstly, draw out the room, noting all windows, doors and built-in cupboards. Measure as shown here

Floor plan

Measuring in elevation


Measuring the cill height is very important in the kitchen area – without it that lovely worktop upstand you’ve been hankering after might not fit.

If a window has sloping sides or an unusual shape, draw it out and show the dimensions.

If there are beams above your windows be sure to show how far past the window sides they project.
This will avoid wall cabinets being placed too close to them.

Extractor ducting

Mark the centre point at which this goes through the wall – horizontal and vertical measurements will really help us here.

Measuring Elevation
Measuring Elevation
Beams and sloping ceilings

Cabinet doors can be prevented from opening if they are installed too close to a ceiling beam or a sloping ceiling.
Draw these on a separate sheet and mark on any relevant dimensions.

Steps or height fluctuations

Mark on any changes in floor height – especially steps.

It’s useful for us to know whether the floor is solid or timber construction. If it’s timber show us which way the joists run.

Useful Utilities

Do you know where that waste pipe leads to? Are those cables running down a wall where a wall unit might go? Make a note of them – sockets, light switches, extractor ducting, radiators, soil, waste and gas pipes, – give us the lowdown.

Measuring Utilities

Love it or hate it?

That’s the measuring done. Now we’d like to pick your brains about the detail. Here are some questions to get you started – and if you think of any other useful info we might need, jot it down!

Twenty questions
  • Will there be any structural changes to the room? Give us the gen.
  • List your desired appliances (yes, even that must-have teppanyaki).
  • Is your preference gas or electric cooking?
    If gas, is there an existing gas supply to the kitchen?
  • Sinks and taps – Belfast, bowl and a half, inset, undermount. Hot water, water filter, wine.
  • Would you like a dining table area? If so, are you a dinner party demon or a family of four?
  • Breakfast bar, island unit or peninsular. If seating is required, how many bottoms?
  • What do you like about your exisiting layout?
  • And what would you like to change?
  • Would you be happy to consider moving the services within the room, if it made for a better layout?
  • Worktop wishes – gorgeous granite, natural wood, solid surface simplicity, or joint-free Corian.
  • Are you grumpy about grout? How about a simple upstand to match your worktop and ditch the tiles?

Don't be shy

Would you love glass-fronted cabinets to display your Silver Jubilee Cup?
Do open shelves really grind your gears?

We’d love to know as it helps us to design you the kitchen you’ve always wanted.

There’s no such thing as too much information, so go on, show us what you’ve got!