1 The Overall room layout

  • Sketch the outline of your room
  • All your require is the general shope

2 Indicate openings windows, doors, archways and hatches

  • Mark the location of windows, doors,archways, hatches
  • Include the opening swing of doors

3 Indicate any obstacles that can’t be moved and include main services, electric, water and gas

  • Indicate items that must be planned around
  • your boiler, meters, radiators, soil stack, alcoves , etc
  • Finally add main services, electric, water and gas

4 Measure between each fixed point doors, walls and windows

  • Pick a logical starting point like a corner and work clockwise around the room to avoid missing anything
  • When measuring doors and windows remember to include frames and architrave, together with the distance from the floor to the underside of the windows

5 Measure obstacles in the room

  • Your soil stack and boiler, radiators, etc
  • Remember to include the width, depth and height of each item
  • Show the obstacle heights and their distance from the floor in mm e.g. H=700 mm F=1200MM

6 Measure main services, electric, water and gas

  • Measure from the nearest fixed point on your diagram to the center line of each services
  • Include sockets, phone , gas, weather and TV points
  • When measuring longer services tams Such as consumer units gas meners and radiators, remember to include their width and height from the floor

7 Measure ceiling heights

  • Take two or three measurements to ensure the ceiling is consistent and mark the height in the middle of your survey plan
  • If there are obstacles on the ceiling such as a stair slope or landing, mark this on your sketch

8 Example

  • Your sketch should look something like the example shown above, now you’re ready to start stage two of your project planning at Kitchen Design Mill Hill.


  • Remember walls aren’t always perfectly square, so measure them at the top. Middle and bottom.
  • Bear in mind that switches, sockets and most radiators can be moved- you can discuss this with your Kitchen Design Mill Hill designer.
  • If you’re keeping any freestanding appliances or furniture like tables and chairs, include their dimensions for your design consultation.
  • Take photos of any particular feature or bits you’re unsure about.
  • include for discussion any structural alterations you may want to make like moving doors.
  • Once you’ve finished, double check your measurements for accuracy as this will make it easier to create your new project.