Measuring

Measuring Guidelines for Countertops

In This Section:

 

Existing Countertops

Follow these measuring steps if you are replacing your existing countertops and your new tops will be the same shape and size. Referencing the sample drawing, record all measurements for each of your tops. You may print any sample drawing to assist you.

Straight Tops

  1. Measure the total length along the back where the top meets the wall “A”
  2. Measure the total width along the side, from the wall to the front edge “B”
  3. Measure any existing sinks, left to right, front to back, and sink depth
  4. Measure any existing stove or sink cut outs left to right, front to back

“L” Tops

  1. Measure the total lengths along the backs where the top meets the walls “A” & “C”
  2. Measure the total width along the side, from the wall to the front edge “B” & “D”
  3. Measure any existing sinks, left to right, front to back, and sink depth
  4. Measure any existing stove or sink cut outs left to right, front to back

Island Tops

  1. Measure the total length “A”
  2. Measure the total width “B”
  3. Measure any existing sinks, left to right, front to back, and sink depth
  4. Measure any existing stove or sink cut outs left to right, front to back

3-4-5 Rule

For new and replacement countertops, a key element is checking for wall squareness. This is essential to know if you will have a single countertop against two or more walls. Applying the 3-4-5 rule is the easiest method to determine if your walls are square, or 90 degrees. Mark your points lightly with a pencil or chalk and erase when finished.

  • Measure a point on the first wall from the corner to three (3) feet out.
  • Measure a point on the adjoining wall four (4) feet out.
  • Measure the distance between the two new points – it should be five (5) feet, or 90 degrees

 

If the cross measurement is greater or less than five (5) feet, the wall is out of square. Don’t fret, but please be sure to note this on your measurement submittals and we will discuss options with you based on how far the walls are out of square.

Custom Stainless Steel Countertops and Sink Standards:

  • Stainless counter and copper counter surfaces are 36″ above the finished floor (A.F.F.)
  • Integrally welded stainless steel sinks and copper sinks are set back from the front edge a minimum of 2″-3″, and 2″-3″ from the rear backsplash to allow for faucet placement.
  • Stainless sink and copper sink drain openings are 3 ½” with a die depression to accept a crumb cup or flat drain.
  • Integral stainless steel backsplashes and copper backsplashes are formed 4″ high with a 1″ horizontal return towards the wall.
  • Wood substrate (wood backer) build up is 1 ½” for standard countertops.