How to Measure

Step by Step instructions on how to measure for your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts

* If you are replacing you cabinet doors and drawer fronts with the same size, you can skip the steps below
simply measure your EXISTING cabinet doors and drawer fronts, compile a list of sizes and begin shopping for your replacement cabinet doors and drawer fronts

** Note: Be sure to measure from side to side then top to bottom so your measurements look like this 12 1/4" (width) x 28 1/2" (height)

Tools you will need

  • Paper

  • Pencil

  • Ruler

  • Tape Measure

  • CalculatoR

    We recommend a second person to help write the MEASUREMENTS while you measure

1. Create a diagram of your kitchen cabinets

Draw each wall of cabinets, taking extra care to accurately draw the correct number of doors and drawers on each cabinet.

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2. Measure cabinet openings

Number your cabinets and then make a list off to the side.  This is where we're going to write the dimensions.
Measure each cabinet opening by opening the door, doors or drawer. 
Measure the opening width first and write it down for the corresponding cabinet.

We recommend numbering each opening on your diagram and then creating a separate list with the actual dimensions.

Be as accurate as possible, preferably to the 1/16 of an inch.  The more accurate you are, the better your new doors and drawer fronts will fit.
Be sure to measure the actual cabinet and not the hinge or drawer glides (example image below)

Measure the height of the opening and write it down on the same cabinet number as you did for the width.

Do this for every opening on every cabinet, ensuring that you write the measurement of the cabinet on the appropriate number.

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3. CALCULATING  Door Sizes

Once all of the opening sizes are written down, you'll need to determine what kind of look you want to achieve with you new cabinet doors and drawer fronts.  Do you want them close together so you son't see much cabinet or do you want smaller doors and drawer fronts to show off the cabinet frames?

This is called "Overlay" and you'll need to fully understand this before ordering your replacement doors and drawer fronts, so please take a few minutes to read our article on Cabinet Overlays.

**Standard Overlay is 1/2" for Face Frame Cabinets
Half Overlay for European or Frameless cabinets.

To learn more, visit the
Overlay Explanation and Frame or Frameless
sections of our DIY Library

Once you've decided on the overlay for your cabinet type, we can create the final list of the actual doors and drawer fronts that you will need for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.

Use the formulas below for your particular application.

Single door cabinets and drawer widths:
Opening width + Overlay + Overlay
Example: Opening width is 15".  We want a 3/8" overlay.15" + 3/8" + 3/8" = 15 6/8" or 15 3/4"

Double Door cabinets:
1/2 of Opening Width + Overlay - 1/16"

Example: 27" opening and a 1/2" Overlay = 13 1/2" + 1/2" - 1/16" = 13 15/16"You would order (2) doors that are 13 15/16" wide for this example
Example: 27" opening and 1 1/4" Overlay = 13 1/2" + 1 1/4" - 1/16" = 14 11/16"You would order (2) doors that are 14 11/16" wide for this example
** Double door cabinets have 1/8" gap between door so we subtract 1/16" from each door after adding the Overlay Width.

Door and Drawer Height:
Opening Height + Overlay + Overlay
Example: 5 1/2" drawer opening and a 3/8" Overlay - 5 1/2" + 3/8" + 3/8" = 6 1/4" Drawer Front Height
Example: 27" door opening and 3/4" Overlay = 27" + 3/4" + 3/4" = 28 1/2" Door Height

Be sure to double check your measures and calculations.

Finally, once you have created your list of replacement doors and drawer fronts, keep it in a safe place or take a picture with your phone.
We're going to use it again once your new doors and drawer fronts arrive.