Russell's Pro Tips

Measure Twice, Cut Once

MP900302893If you enjoy sewing, knitting or just making crafts, you know how important it is to measure once, and then measure again to double check your measurement before cutting your fabric, yarn or paper. After all, you don’t want the curtains you’re sewing or the blanket you’re knitting to be lopsided or uneven. The measure twice, cut once rule is a good thing to remember when purchasing new appliances as well.

Many appliances, such as wall ovens, are larger today than they were years ago, so it’s tougher to replace them when the standard built-in appliance location is smaller than the new appliance. That’s why it’s imperative that you measure the area where your new appliance will be placed before you go shopping. It’s also a good idea to measure your old appliance for reference purposes. You need to consider how much space you have between counters or under overhead cabinets also. You don’t want your appliance to be too tall or too wide for the given space. Be sure to allow for space for the hinges and leveling. Another thing to think about is the door on the new appliance. You’ll want to make sure you have enough room for the door to open without hitting any cabinets, appliances or even your kitchen island.

When you get to the store, find an expert that can review your measurements with you. That way you can be sure that you’ve measured the area accurately and they can help you find the perfect appliance to fit in your built-in appliance location. I hope these tips help you as you shop for your new appliance.