How to measure a room

MEASURE A ROOM WITH EASE IN FOUR QUICK STEPS

Did you just remodel or move into a new home?  With endless design options and inspiration popping up on Pinterest and Houzz it’s easy to get ahead of yourself.

Your first step should be to measure your room and create a furniture layout.

We know that choosing a layout can seem like one of the biggest headaches! Luckily, it doesn’t have to be if you start off with a detailed floor plan.

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While taking measurements may not be your idea of a good time, it’s a vital part of the design process.  Before you can start making plans for furnishings and decor, the first thing you need to do is measure your space. This will make shopping for and ordering furniture, accessories, and window treatments a breeze!

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1.SKETCH OUT A FLOOR PLAN

Sketch out your floor plan on a piece of paper. This can be a quick sketch (not to scale) or you can use graph paper and treat each square as a foot. Typically, we do a quick sketch to get the general outline of the room and then we will fill in the dimension as go around with our tape measurer. Don’t forget to note windows, doors, and architectural details such as a fireplace or built-ins.

2.MEASURE THE OVERALL ROOM

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Measure the room from corner to corner to get overall dimension. You can note the dimensions in inches or feet. Personally, we use inches as it relates easier to furniture dimensions when we need a quick reference.

3.MEASURE WINDOWS AND DOORS

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For layout purposes, when measuring windows and doors be sure to include the frame and casing. Of course, if you are measuring for shades or blinds, you will want to measure inside the frame and casing.

4.MEASURE VERTICALLY

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Lastly, measure the room vertically to get the window, door, and ceiling heights.  This will be extremely helpful in determining the placement for artwork and window treatments.

Tip: Don’t forget to take measurements of your front door and other points of entry.  This will ensure your new furniture can make it into the house, especially if it was custom made!

 

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