Measure Accurately

Whether Chic Shelf Paper cuts your shelf and drawer liners to size, or you do it yourself, accurate width and depth measurements are necessary for best results.


Remove drawers for easy access and measure the inside width and depth dimensions. Record the dimensions of each surface you wish to cover including freestanding shelves and cubbies. Measure cabinet bottoms and adjustable shelves separately. For easy ordering, make a complete list of all surfaces with: name, quantity, and width and depth dimensions.

You will need:

  • Tape measure (~12″)
  • Paper and pencil
  • Tape or sticky note


Drawers – The easiest way to measure a drawer is to remove it. To remove most kitchen cabinet drawers, pull the drawer all the way out, then tip the front up to release the wheels from their tracks. You don’t need to remove the contents of the drawer to measure it. Use a tape measure to find the inside depth and width dimensions to the nearest 1/16th of an inch (or 1mm) and record them. If you are measuring many drawers, assign numbers or letters to them with tape or a sticky note and keep all the measurements on one list.

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Shelves – A free hanging shelf is the simplest surface to measure. Simply measure the front edge from left to right (or right to left) to record the width, and then measure from the back wall to front edge for the depth. Record the two measurements.

Cabinets/Cupboards – Most kitchen cabinets have 2 or 3 adjustable shelves that may be the same size, and typically the lowest shelf in a cabinet will be slightly larger than the upper shelves. To measure the bottom surface, assure there is a straight and parallel path for the tape measure and place the end against the left or right side wall. Extend the tape until the body of the tape measure reaches the opposite wall and read the distance on the tape. Then add the length of the tape measure body to that dimension. Record the total width dimension.

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Measure from the back wall to the inside front cabinet frame to record the depth of the shelf. Be sure to use the inside of the frame for ease of installation as in photo.

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Measure adjustable shelves separately. If removal is not practical, use care when acquiring the width dimension which is generally 1/4″ to 1/2″ shorter than a fixed shelf.

Record both the depth and width of your cabinet shelves along with the number of shelves that are the same size for that unit. Again, you may wish to assign numbers or letters to shelves with tape or a sticky note.

That’s it!  Following these instructions will give you accurate measurements for ordering cut-to-size shelf and drawer liners.