How To Measure For Your Drawer Boxes

Instructional Video and Written Instructions for your DIY Cabinet Project

Tools Needed

  • Paper (notes from earlier)
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure

We also recommend a second person to help you transcribe measurements.

1. Remove Drawers from Cabinet Box If Necessary

In order to get the most accurate measurements possible for your new drawer boxes, we recommend removing your drawers completely in many instances and setting them aside during the measuring process. These measurements need to be accurate down to 1/16 inch.

All measurements need to be accurate down to 1/16 inch.

2. Measure Depth of the Cabinet Box

Measure the inside of the cabinet box from the back of the cabinet box to the face. If there are obstructions, measure from the most forward-protruding obstruction to the cabinet face. Have your second write down this next to the width and height you measured in the Measure Your Cabinet Box video guide. You will be using all of these measurements to calculate the drawer box size.

Take note of any obstructions behind the drawer boxes (electrical, piping, etc). You will have to factor those in for the depth if there is anything of note.

3. Calculate Drawer Box Size

Once we have all the depth measurements taken, we will calculate the dimensions of the door boxes.

The width of your drawer box will always be 3/8 inch less than the width of your cabinet box. If your cabinet box is 25 1/16 inches in width, the drawer box will be 24 11/16 inches in width. You must always accurately subtract the 3/8 inch from the width measurement. Use the measurement you took for the width of the cabinet box to calculate the drawer box width and write this down.

Cabinet drawer box height comes in 1-inch increments and glide-rails add about 5/8 inch to the overall height sitting in the cabinet box. So if your cabinet box height is 10 1/2 inches tall, you will need to get a 8-inch high drawer box. Use the measurement you took for the height of the cabinet box to calculate the drawer box height and write this down.

All drawer boxes come in increments of 3 inches and require 1 inch of clearance. Let’s say you have 24 inches of depth for your drawer box and the increments are 21/24/27 inches, you will want to go with 21 inches and not 24 inches. For a 24-inch drawer box, you will need 25 inches of space available. For an 18-inch drawer box, you will need 19 inches of space. Use the measurement you took for the depth of the cabinet box to calculate the drawer box depth and write this down.

We are willing to work with you over the phone to get proper measurements necessary and to order doors! Please give us a call at 1-800-975-2141 to get started with your DIY Project.