What We Cover in This Article:

  • What are Millwork Drawings?
  • Why Do We First Look at Millwork Drawings Before Boxing?

What Are Millwork Drawings?

Millwork drawings are exact measurements for cabinetry layout.

We use millwork drawings to know exactly where the cabinetry is so that we install our fridge, micro + stove in the right spot.
It also tells us counter height, too, which allows our kitchen counter plugs to be installed at the right height!

If you recall, I previously mentioned to never layout your devices/lights off electrical prints. You want to do your measuring from architectural prints.

Well, Millwork drawings are the exact same thing.

And the funny thing is, on the electrical prints general notes, it’s usually one of the first notes telling us to refer to the millwork drawings for the kitchen layout.

Why Do We First Look at Millwork Drawings Before Boxing?

Let me get your mind thinking here.

Could you imagine putting a plug behind the fridge or stove by accident?

This is a story which can probably be repeated more than once. 🙂

Another big mistake is not installing your kitchen counter plugs or microwave whip high enough!

You want to make sure you leave comfortable space for your devices; don’t forget about your cover plates, because those add extra height/width, too!

(All the heights and widths of the cabinets/counter tops are given on these millwork drawings. If you’re working in condos, pay very close attention to each suite, as sometimes they can vary just slightly in layout!)

Sometimes, a kitchen’s back splash can be tricky because where the back splash meets the kitchen counter top, the back splash can be built out a little bit and your box may be installed in this little build out!

This is why we use our millwork drawings when installing our kitchen counter plugs, fridge plug, microwave plug, and range/stove plug.

It will give us the EXACT measurements of the cabinetry so we know exactly where the appliances are going. This way we can install our boxes in their exact locations to avoid these types of mistakes!

It’s better to take your time and figure this out before hand, rather than deal with it after drywall. (But on the bright side, sometimes you can get away with mistakes here as the cabinets and back splash cover up the drywall if mistakes and holes had to be made.)

On a side note, don’t forget about drywall depth when it comes to these kitchens in condos. Many times they are located on the hallway/corridor wall which is often double 5/8″ drywall for fire rating. Your back splash and cabinets adds a bit of depth, too!