Shopping for new furniture can be an exciting task for new homeowners or even when upgrading old to new. It’s easy to find pieces you love, however, to avoid getting it home and not fit into your space it is essential to measure before you shop! Tip: Save your measurements in a file or in your notes for later.
In addition to measuring the rooms in your home, you will also need to measure your front door, and other points of entry. Check out our guide on measuring for delivery here.
Measure Before You Shop
It’s a great idea to bring a list of measurements with you when you shop. Here’s a list of the most important measurements that you should bring:
- Length x Width x Height – The most basic dimensions of the space you will be furnishing.
- Doors, Hallways & Stairs – Know the sizes of the openings that the furniture will be going through.
- Ceilings – Covering the height measurement above, don’t forget about things hanging from the ceiling like chandeliers or ceiling fans.
- TV Size – Understand actual size vs. the purchased size of your TV.
- Bed Size – Do you prefer a King or Queen or even California King?
- Windows and Power Outlets– Know where these are within the room, you don’t want your new furniture to block the only window in the room!
For added assistance – check out our free online room planner here!
Measuring Entries, Hallways and Stairs
The first thing our delivery team does when they arrive at the home is take a look at where the furniture will travel through the space to it’s final destination. Just because a piece of furniture will fit into the space you measured, doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to make it there. Stairs, hallways and doorways are the biggest obstacles. Be sure to:
- Measure the height and width of all doorways and hallways.
- Make note of any corners where furniture will need to be turned at a 90 degree angle to enter a room or space.
- Make note of any light fixtures, railings or architectural impediments along the way.
Any furniture you buy should have some clearance around it and should be at least 1-2 inches less than the passage measurements. This will allow you or our furniture delivery team to move it easily.
Measuring Your Rooms
While it is important to measure the passages and entries, you also need to measure all of your rooms in detail so that you are aware of not just the size of the rooms, all the windows, doors, and fireplaces in the room.
- First measure the door that you will be using to bring the furniture into the room. Measure the height and width and also diagonally from top left to bottom right. Make sure to get the measurements for inside the door frames, too.
- Next, you should measure the length from the entrance of the room to the far wall. You need this measurement to know if you will be able to bring the furniture into the room and maneuver it into place easily.
- Measure the length and width of the room.
- Measure the height of the walls. The standard sized height for ceilings is around 8 feet, however, your ceiling may be higher or lower. This is a helpful measurement when you want to bring in taller pieces such as book shelves, armoires or canopy beds.
- Measure all doorways, windows, radiators, fireplaces or any other architectural features.
- Don’t forget your windows! Measure the height from the floor, along with width and total window height. You will need this measurement if you are placing any furniture against a wall with windows.
Maximize Your Space
Finally, be sure to think about how are you going to be spending time in the space you plan to furnish. Don’t be afraid to make a list of all the things you plan to do in the room. Do you have children that will be spending time there? Do you want it to be a relaxing space where you and your family can unwind and talk about your day? Will you be entertaining friends often? Thinking about all of these things will help you to prioritize your furniture choices and be a guide when you start shopping.
Your next task is to consider conversation flow and traffic. Can you have a conversation with your friend or family member without yelling at each other? Will your dining table hold all of your family at Thanksgiving? Can you move the sofa and chair around without getting trapped? Design and style is important, however, comfort is key. If you want to design a whole room, make a plan and consider all the factors.