How to Measure Kitchen Doors in 6 Easy Steps

How to measure Kitchen doors in 6 easy steps

How to Measure Kitchen Doors

Replacing kitchen doors is a cost effective, time saving way of renovating a tired looking kitchen. It’s a job that most DIY’ers can easily achieve with basic tools and a little knowledge. Here is our guide on how to measure kitchen doors in 6 easy steps to help you on your way.

Step 1 - Draw a rough plan

Just a simple line drawing is all that’s needed to plan your new kitchen. This is your visual guide to ensure you have everything you need to complete your new look.

The way we recommend doing this, is to draw a separate plan for each wall that has units on it. It should show all doors, drawers and panels such as underneath a built in oven.

Step 2 - Number them, list them

Next add numbers to each fascia as shown in the above image. Then add the same numbers to a sheet of paper to create a list.

This will be your easy way to double check you have all you need when ordering.

Step 3 - Measuring

Now it’s time to measure your doors. It’s important to measure the doors, not the units. This is because kitchen doors are slightly smaller than the units they attach to, otherwise they would catch on each other. The fronts of kitchen doors are often tapered, so it’s far easier to measure the backs where possible.

If you don’t have the doors to hand, so have to measure the units, just reduce the sizes by 3-5mm.

Example: If a standard unit measures 720mm high x 500mm wide, it needs a standard door measuring around 715mm x 497mm.

Step 4 - Add your sizes to your list

Starting with whichever door you marked with the number 1 on your plan, measure the height – then the width in mm. Write these measurements down on your list.

A short description should be added beside each measurement like “door” or “glass door”.

IMPORTANT – Don’t Forget Corner Posts

The best way to create a L-shape corner post is to use a 715mm x 145mm  panel (assuming your doors are also 715mm high).

Instructions explaining how to do this are HERE (very simple).

Step 5 - Trims

Now you have a list of all the doors and drawers you need, it’s time to think about trims. The usual trims in a kitchen are as follows:

Plinth (also called kickboard) – This is the trim below the floor cabinets.

Cornice – This is a decorative trim used on the top of wall cupboards.

Light Pelmet – This is a decorative trim used underneath wall cupboards.

Bullnose – This is a more modern trim that replaces Cornice and Light Pelmet.

Step 6 - End Panels

End panels can really finish the look of your new kitchen. We supply end panels for floor, wall and tall units. All are 18mm thick.

We hope you found this guide useful and please get in Contact with any questions.

This guide can be downloaded as a PDF HERE.


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