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Measuring Your Room for Furniture

It is summer and maybe a time for a change in your Interior Design. Where do you start when thinking of changing or setting up a new room? Start with measuring. Let us show you how to measure your space and what you should know when starting to layout your floor plan.

The size of a room tells you what will fit best, especially if you are moving into a new home, or wanting to redo a space with different pieces from what has been there. Sometimes we want to take a small bedroom and make it into a den or office. When rooms are smaller, it is key to know true measurements!

I first always stand in the doorway, and first draw the shape of the space. For measurements for furniture, we do wall to wall. It is best to use a tape measure as I have found that using a yardstick many times gives the wrong numbers! Go to the end of the wall, and write that number on your paper.

Then you turn, and do the same on the next wall.

Do all the way to the next wall so that you have an overall length and width. Then do smaller measurements… from the corner to the trim of the closet, the length of the closet, and then to the next wall! Those measurements should add up to the overall length!

Even if the room is not square or rectangle, basically do the same thing…start with the shape, and then go down each wall with the full measurement!

These number usually only work for furniture placement, not perfect for new flooring. Furniture measurements are always the insides of rooms, but for flooring, you must allow for the extra inches that go into the doorframe or into a closet. These extra measurement usually are not important for furniture placement!

It always helps to add windows, their sizes, also fireplaces width and depth…especially the hearth….and maybe other built-Ins. Having a good understanding of the space a room helps you to get correct sized furniture pieces, as well as allowing pathways through the room!

I know it seems simple, but it is key to understanding how much space there really is in room. It is the biggest advantage to placing the correct scaled furniture within the room!

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