It can be both exciting and nerve wracking to buy your first house. As much as you love your new property, you might need to do some much-needed renovations, and, more often than not, kitchen countertops are pretty high on the to-do list. This means that you’re going to have to provide your existing kitchen countertop measurements to potential contractors. Here’s everything you need to know about measuring countertops.
What Tools Will I Need to Measure Kitchen Countertops
Getting the right measurements are key to a successful kitchen countertop renovation. This is why you’re going to want to gather the right tools to get your kitchen counter dimensions. Here’s what you’re going to need :
- Some measuring tape
- An ink pen
- A notepad
- A calculator
It should be easy to find these tools around your house, as they are pretty common items.
Making a Sketch Plan
Next, you’re going to want to create a basic sketch of your kitchen countertops. This will make the quoting process a lot easier, since it will provide you with a blueprint of your kitchen counters. The sketch doesn’t need to be up to scale: you can just make a rough drawing. This will be your reference as you move forward with the project.
Check Your Countertop Layout
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when sketching your countertop layout:
- Include the backsplash areas.
- If there are any exposed edges, make sure to identify them in your sketch, as they’ll need to be polished (and this will influence the final quote).
- Don’t forget to draw your sink, your cooktop, and anything else that takes up space in your kitchen counters.
- Include the appliances that will be placed near the countertop.
How to Measure Countertops in Sq Footage Measurement
To get a proper estimation of your renovation costs, you’re going to need to measure the surface of your existing kitchen countertops. Although this might seem overwhelming at first, with some math and the proper tools, you should be perfectly capable to do it.
How to Measure Existing Countertops
Here are a few tips to help you measure your existing countertops’ square footage.
Step 1: Measure the Length
- Measure your countertop length from wall to wall, by using your measuring tape.
- You can measure it in cm or in inches, as you prefer.
- Make sure to write the number down at the designated space on your layout sketch, for reference.
- Measure the countertop length as many times as you need, to make sure that you have the right numbers.
Step 2: Measure the Width
Now you can measure your countertops’ width (again, from wall to wall). Make sure to write it down on the designated space on your sketch, and to use the same measuring unit as in step 1 (cm or inches).
Step 3: Calculate the Square Footage
Now you can multiply your length measurement by your width measurement.
For example, if your kitchen counter is 155 cm (61 in) in length and 85 cm (33.5 in) in width, your total surface is:
155 x 85 = 13,175 sq cm (or 61 x 33.5 = 2,043.5 sq in).
Since most kitchen counter materials are priced per sq feet, you can convert the total sq in amount to sq ft by dividing it by 144. So in our example, 2,043.5 sq in are the equivalent of 14.2 sq feet.
Repeat this process until you’ve measured every section of your kitchen countertops. For example, if your countertops are L-shaped, and one area is 14.2 sq feet, and the other is 8 sq ft, your total sq footage is : 14.2 + 8 = 22.2 sq ft.
Why Choose Méga Comptoirs
At Méga Comptoirs, we know how taxing kitchen counter renovations can be, both financially and emotionally. This is why we offer to take your kitchen counter dimensions for free. We want to make this process as easy for you as possible!
Just schedule an appointment through our website, and one of our experts will be happy to come take your kitchen countertop measurements. Our turnkey services have made hundreds of customers happy in the Montreal and Laval areas, will you be next? Contact us today.