How to Draw a Sketch of Your Kitchen for Cabinets

Remodeling or designing a kitchen entails attention to detail, particularly when it comes to planning the cabinets. It's essential to draw a sketch of your kitchen to plan out the cabinets, including measurements and any design elements that are important to you so you get the results you want. Your kitchen sketch will help guide you in your planning process, such as informing your cabinet maker or supplier with the available space so your cabinets don't end up too large or small if you're completely remodeling your kitchen.

Draw a sketch of your kitchen before you purchase new cabinets.
  1. Measure the entire kitchen, whether you are only replacing the cabinets or remodeling the kitchen. You'll need to know how wide, tall and deep the cabinets are and how they relate to the rest of the kitchen. Measure the kitchen walls, counters, windows, doors and how much space is between the cabinets and the ceiling, floor or other surfaces. Include the space needed for doors to open.
  2. Write down the measurements and double-check the numbers. Being off only slightly can be a very costly mistake.
  3. Draw your kitchen layout to scale on a piece of graph paper, as though you're looking down at it, from a bird's eye view. Label each wall on this kitchen overview and note the depth of your cabinets, or how deep you want them to be. Let one square on the graph paper represent one foot or one-half of a foot.
  4. Use the ruler to draw each wall of your kitchen separately, as though you are standing in front of it looking at it. Use a second piece of graph paper if there is no space left on the first one. Label the wall according to the label on the kitchen overview drawing, such as "view A" or "wall 1." Include windows, appliances and electrical outlets.
  5. Note the width and height measurements for each cabinet on the drawing. Write the number of inches with arrows specifying the direction of the measurement. Include relevant details, such as how many shelves should go inside of each cabinet or which cabinets should have glass doors or open shelves. Note how much space is needed for doors to open, how much space is left between the upper and lower cabinets and the ceiling and upper cabinets if the cabinets don't go all the way to the ceiling.
  6. Draw the cabinets on a larger scale if you want to plan specific details, such as drawing different hardware or cabinet door designs.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Graph paper
  • Ruler


  • Make several copies of your kitchen layout drawings if you want to color them in or try different hardware and size options. Multiple copies will save you the time and hassle of physically drawing the plans over and over again.

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