Step-by-Step Guide to Measuring Your Countertop for Remodeling

From Granite & Marble Specialties, here’s a step-by-step guide to properly measuring your kitchen or bathroom countertops for remodeling. Regardless of what material you’re considering (granite, wood, marble, or quartz), you’ll need to provide your material supplier and installer an accurate measurement in order to get the most accurate quote.

Tools you’ll need before you begin:

– Paper
– Pencil or Pen
– Tape Measure (in inches)

First, create a rough sketch of your room’s layout. You’ll want to label all appliances, fixtures, or ledges that might get in the way once installation is performed. The shape of the room is important, as are the shapes of the countertops. The most common shapes are L-shapes, U-shapes, or galley style countertops. Be sure to label and measure the island as well.

Then, box out each section and number them for future reference. This will help your installer keep track of each piece of material they’ll need to cut.

Second, when you actually measure your countertops, don’t measure from the backsplash. It needs to be measured separately. Start from the wall and measure to the outer edge of your countertops. Get as close as you can to the nearest 1/8 inch. This will give you the measurement for the width. Do this for each section of your kitchen, as some older homes have irregularly-shaped or misshapen countertops.

To measure the length, start from the far edge and measure to the nearest other edge. If you’re measuring at an L-shape, measure to the nearest seam or section of the countertop.

To measure the backsplash, measure from corner to corner. If you have a full backsplash, measure from the beginning of the counter to the underside of the cabinets. Standard 4-inch backsplashes should be measured from corner to corner.

Islands are a separate measurement entirely. Though it’s the same method as before, you need to measure for the overhang in the seating area. If you have a curved island, find the center of the curve and make a square in your drawing. This will let the installer know where to form the curve.

Third, calculate the square footage based on your measurements. Multiply length by width for each piece, and then add those together for the total amount. Next, convert them to square feet. Take the total number of inches and divide by 144 (12×12=144).

Be sure to check your work and ensure your measurements are as accurate as possible. Though your sketch doesn’t have to be perfect, being as detailed as possible will help avoid headaches until the installer comes and takes measurements themselves.

Check out the accompanying blog post for more detailed information and images!

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42 Comments

  1. Shaw Pay on December 9, 2020 at 10:10 pm

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  6. The GOAT on December 9, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Randy Moss you’re a fucking shit head and a dumb moron. I bet your mom and dad are brother and sister. Anyway, great video. Thanks G&M guy…

  7. David Huerta on December 9, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you👍

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  9. Trinigirl on December 9, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Thank God for u. I was catching my tail to determine my square footage. Great n simple explanation.

  10. Zeeba on December 9, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you👍

  11. Kathleen Roman on December 9, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Excellent info! TY

  12. idiot675 on December 9, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Really great explanation!!!

  13. Potshot Boxing on December 9, 2020 at 10:22 pm

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  15. Betsy Boop on December 9, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Excellent explanation! Thank you very much!

  16. Raj Tayade on December 9, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks Sir

  17. John D on December 9, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for making this easy.

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    Great video!

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  23. Armineh de Boer on December 9, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Great explanation. Thank you

  24. John Shoes on December 9, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    You have to measure the length runs on both sides because of the slab it self. You end up putting yourself in an issue when you have the sqft you need but not lengths.

  25. Kenneth Pace on December 9, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Great video, thanks! You kinda remind me of John Candy.

  26. Silvia Sanchez on December 9, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    I think this is great help. I am a single women and carefully trying to figure out how to measure and order new granite counter. I was so happy to see this video and I just have one question. How do you count for a sink in the counter. I have a 10 foot straight counter. Thanks for making this video.

  27. Julia Vang Hart on December 9, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Great video. Well illustrated. This was very helpful! Thanks so much!

  28. Carollyne M Goncalves on December 9, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m working at MARBLE & GRANITE store and my boss was driving me crazy with all those measurements and counting. SAVED MY LIFE!!! ♥️ one more subscribed!! ✨✨

  29. JAMAL ZAFAR on December 9, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Wow beautifully explained.love your videos and learn a lot too.i have just started marble and granite buisness.its a mild start but loving it

  30. FaK Fatkids on December 9, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Awesome great video thanks for educating me 👍

  31. shrekMeHarder 69 on December 9, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Holy shit, how many square feet did this dude eat lmao

  32. James Armstrong on December 9, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Nice overview, much appreciated!

  33. David Levinson on December 9, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Great explanation! Thanks so much.

  34. Martin C Ruiz on December 9, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    You so much remind me of my favorite, middle school teacher who could take any concept, in any subject and present it in a fashion every student could grasp, May he Rest in Peace! Thank you.

  35. Flippin Genius on December 9, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Awesome explanation!

  36. Robert D. on December 9, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    excellent vid & explanation thanks.

  37. CeCe A on December 9, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    I’m going to show this video to teenagers who don’t think you’ll use math in real life! Lol

  38. Terry Algranati on December 9, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Great job!

  39. robert loper on December 9, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    this video is amazing, being a young guy who just started estimating for the first time, this explanation is fantastic!!

  40. I wish I knew on December 9, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Worried about your weight and difficulty breathing. Please see a doctor. Thanks for the video.

  41. Mhy Place on December 9, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Good job mate. 😎

  42. justin moore on December 9, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Worth Watching!! It will help many people to remodel their kitchen. I am also going to remodel my kitchen with the help of pros at www.legacymarbleandgranite.com and this video helped me a lot. Thanks for sharing!!

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