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MEASURING UP

Below we have including guides for measuring up your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. They are intended to help you make sure you make no errors when ordering goods from us that are made to measure. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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KITCHENS

If you are replacing your full kitchen, then it will be very helpful to draw out a plan whether you are fitting it yourself or someone else is taking on the work. We prefer to use squared or graph paper as this helps keep your plan to scale (Eg. Use each square for say 10cm) and makes sure you do not make any planning errors.

- Generally, kitchen base units are 570mm deep and 870mm high (720mm carcass and 150mm legs). They can be adjusted around 10mm    up or down.
- Your plinths will normally be 150mm high, and will be cut down if necessary on site.
- Wall units come in heights of 575mm. 720mm and 900mm. Which one you use will depend on your ceiling height or if you are trying to    achieve a particular look.
- Standard carcass widths are 300, 400, 500, 600mm for a single door and 600, 800, 1000, 1200mm for double doors. Custom size    carcases are also available.
- There are other carcasses for different applications, for example, tall larder units, mid height units to place directly on the worktop etc.
- As for doors, they come in standard widths which are 4mm less than the carcass size. Eg. 500mm carcass = 496mm door.
- Standard door heights are 5mm less than carcass size. Eg. 720mm carcass = 715mm door.
- NOTE: If the carcass is a drawer line unit or is all drawers then each vertical gap between doors and drawers will be 5mm. Eg. For a    720mm high carcass that had one door with a drawer above, you would have a 570mm door and a 140mm drawer with a 5mm gap    inbetween them, and a 2.5mm gap at the top and bottom.
- Worktops come in a variety of widths & thicknesses, but the most common is a laminate worktop which would be 40mm thick and    600mm wide which would give you a total height of 910mm, and with a 570mm deep carcass/18mm door, would give you an overhang    on the front of 12mm

This is a very basic understanding of kitchen standard sizes. You would now measure up using the procedure below.

- Measure the height of your ceiling. This will let you determine which height of wall cabinets will suit/fit the room. A space of 500mm is    recommended between the worktop and the bottom of the wall units and a minimum of 25mm above them so you can hang the wall    units on their brackets. The majority of kitchens use 720mm high wall units.
- Draw the plan of your kitchen onto your paper with the perimeter dimensions and positioning of all doors and windows, and also    remember to measure the height of any window sills or any other openings, obstructions, boxed in areas, pipework etc. These should    all be clearly marked on your plan.
- You can now photocopy this plan and you can play around with different designs on it until you get the one you like best.

This guide is only intended to help you measure up to produce a blank plan, and is in no way intended to be a full comprehensive guide on planning out and the regulations in a kitchen, but here are a few pointers to help you:

- Units dont have to fill every single cm along a wall. You want them to add up so they are just less, and then a colour matched panel will    be used to fill the small gap at the ends.
- The Kitchen Triangle - This is the placement of your three main components - the cooker, sink and fridge. They should be placed in a    way that is convenient and efficient to move from each to the other. Eg. Traffic passing through kitchen will not be across the triangle.
- Ovens and Hobs - Not to be placed directly next to a sink. 300mm minimum gap required.
- Dishwashers / Washing Machines - More convenient to be placed near to existing plumbing - Eg Sink
- Drawers - Cutlery drawers placed near to the sink and pan drawers placed close to the cooker work well.
- Sink - Ideally placed in front of a window.
- Try and line up base and wall units so they are the same width above and below each other.

If you are just buying replacement doors for your kitchen, then please refer to the sizing of them as mentioned previously. With regards to the hinge holes, they would normally all be in the same position for base units and all the same for the wall units, but please do check them all before you place an order! To measure just do so from the back of the door, from the top and from the bottom for each hinge.

BEDROOMS

If you are replacing all of your bedroom units, then it will be very helpful to draw out a plan whether you are fitting it yourself or someone else is taking on the work. We prefer to use squared or graph paper as this helps keep your plan to scale (Eg. Use each square for say 10cm) and makes sure you do not make any planning errors.

- Generally, bedroom carcasses and wardrobe units come in a wide variety of sizes with 100mm legs. Fitted units will be 580mm deep.
- Your plinths will normally be 100mm high, and will be cut down if necessary on site.
- Standard carcass widths are 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000 and 1200mm. Custom size carcases are also available.
- As for doors, they come in standard widths which are 4mm less than the carcass size. Eg. 500mm carcass = 496mm door.
- Standard door heights are 5mm less than carcass size. Eg. 720mm carcass = 715mm door. (2.5mm gap at top and bottom)
- NOTE: If the carcass has multiple doors / drawers then each vertical gap between doors and drawers will be 5mm. Eg. For a 720mm    high carcass that had one door with a drawer above, you would have a 570mm door and a 140mm drawer with a 5mm gap inbetween    them, and a 2.5mm gap at the top and bottom.
- When carcases are fitted into place, colour matched filler panels are then used at each side and across the top.

This is a very basic understanding of bedroom standard sizes. You would now measure up using the procedure below.

- Measure the height of your ceiling. This will let you determine what height of carcasses you will be using and filler panels.
- Draw the plan of your bedroom onto your paper with the perimeter dimensions and positioning of all doors and windows, and also    remember to measure the height of any window sills or any other openings, obstructions, boxed in areas, pipework etc. These should    all be clearly marked on your plan.
- You can now photocopy this plan and you can play around with different designs on it until you get the one you like best.

This guide is only intended to help you measure up to produce a blank plan, and is in no way intended to be a full comprehensive guide on planning out a bedroom, but here are a few pointers to help you:

- It will be very unlikely that your walls will be square and plumb, so take width and height measurements at 3 points on the wall to find    the smallest width you will have to work to. The same applies for your ceiling height.
- Units dont have to fill every single cm along a wall. You want them to add up so they are just less, and then a colour matched panel will    be used to fill the small gap at the ends.
- Try not to overcrowd the room with too many units.
- Try and line up units to keep lines flowing and a sense of symmetry.
- Always try and exceed your storage requirements
- Dont forget the size of your bed to make sure it fits!

If you are just buying replacement doors for your bedroom, then please refer to the sizing of them as mentioned previously. With regards to the hinge holes, they would normally all be in the same position for the majority of similar units, but please do check them all before you place an order! To measure just do so from the back of the door, from the top and from the bottom for each hinge.

BATHROOMS

Again, it will be very helpful to draw out a plan whether you are fitting it yourself or someone else is taking on the work. We prefer to use squared or graph paper as this helps keep your plan to scale (Eg. Use each square for say 10cm) and makes sure you do not make any planning errors.

The items for a bathroom come in such a vast range of sizes it would be impossible to list them all here. The best way is to have a flick through some brochures or throughout this site and get a rough idea of what you are after. Then you can see what sizes those items come in. To see what you can fit in your bathroom:

- Measure the height of your ceiling. This will let you determine what items will fit in your bathroom and your square meterage for tiling    if required.
- Draw the plan of your bathroom onto your paper with the perimeter dimensions and positioning of all doors and windows, and also    remember to measure the height of any window sills or any other openings, obstructions, boxed in areas, pipework etc. These should    all be clearly marked on your plan.
- In a bathroom it is important to mark out your existing pipework on the plan so you know where you can locate the new items and    whether extending the pipework would be necessary. Note: Moving pipework can be very costly.
- You can now photocopy this plan and you can play around with different designs on it until you get the one you like best.

This guide is only intended to help you measure up to produce a blank plan, and is in no way intended to be a full comprehensive guide on planning out and the regulations in a bathroom, but here are a few pointers to help you:

- Bathrooms are normally a very small room, but this does not mean you will have to compromise on the design. You could use a    compact suite, a corner bath or a back-to-wall suite so all the plumbing can be concealed. Plain and large tiles will create a sense of    space, combined with reflective surfaces like glass, chrome etc to help bounce light around the room.
- Storage. Fitted units can create a lot of storage in the bathroom, as well as a fully fitted suite, but access panels will be needed to access    the plumbing.
- Paint. If the bathroom is painted then please make sure you use a paint that is designed for wet environments.
- Flooring. The flooring needs to be safe and slip-resistant, whilst being easy to clean and hygenic.


Hopefully this guide has helped you measure up your room and come up with some great ideas.