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How to Measure Furniture to Make Sure it Fits

Have you ever experienced buying furniture online or in-store for delivery only to find out that it doesn’t fit in your space? Well, you’re not alone. Measuring furniture is a critical part of any home decor process to ensure that it fits perfectly and enhances the overall ambiance of your space. In this post, we will guide you through the steps on how to measure furniture accurately and avoid common mistakes. So, if you’re a homeowner or decorator seeking to make your home stylish and functional, let’s get started!
determine purpose and placement of furniture
Step 1: Determine the Purpose and Placement of the Furniture
Before measuring your furniture, it’s essential to understand its purpose and the location you want to place it. For example, if you’re looking for a kitchen or dining table, consider the size of the room and the expected number of guests to accommodate. If it's an ottoman, think about the position in the living room and its usage. Once you identify the purpose and location, you will be able to decide on the size and style of furniture required.
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Step 2: Use a Tape Measure to See How Much Space You’ll Need
Now let's get down to the practical steps of measuring furniture accurately. The most common tool for measuring furniture is a measuring tape. Measure the length, width, and height of the furniture and mark it down on a notepad. For a rectangular table, measure the length and width at the top and bottom surface. As for height, measure from the floor to the highest point of the furniture. For a sofa, measure the widest point from arm to arm, the depth from the backrest to the front, and the height from the floor to the top.
consider furniture maneuverability
Step 3: Consider the Maneuverability of the Furniture
Another critical factor to consider when measuring furniture is its maneuverability. Before purchasing a bulky piece of furniture, check that it can fit through the doors, hallways, stairways, or elevators of your home. Think of the tight spaces, corners, or odd angles that can make moving furniture challenging. Measure the possible paths of the furniture, including door frames and hallways, to ensure that it fits without any hassle.
Step 4: Check the Scale of Your New Furniture
It's important to understand the relative scale of the furniture to the size of the room or space. A large coffee table in a small space can make the room feel cramped, while a small side table in a spacious room can look out of place. When measuring furniture, take into account the scale of your room and existing decor pieces. Consider the available space, the style of the room, and the color scheme to make sure that the furniture you choose complements the overall ambiance.
consult with a home designer
Step 5: Consult with a Home Designer on Furniture Measurements
If you’re unsure about measuring bookcases, shelving, accent chairs, dressers, mattresses, light fixtures or other types of furniture or decor, seek professional help. An interior designer can guide you in measuring your furniture and suggest pieces that will enhance your space's functionality and style. They can also help you with furniture arrangements, lighting, and accessory choices that will elevate your space.
Measuring furniture is a crucial step in creating a functional and stylish home decor. By following the steps outlined in this blog, you can accurately measure furniture and avoid costly mistakes. Remember to determine the purpose and placement of the furniture, use a measuring tape, consider maneuverability, check the scale of the furniture, and consult with an expert if needed. Doing so will ensure that you're investing in furniture that will fit perfectly in your space and complement your style. Happy decorating!
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