Guide to Measuring a Room for the Placement of Furniture

When buying furniture, whether online or from a local store, it is important to be aware of how that furniture piece will fit not only into a single room but also through the front door. There’s nothing worse than ordering an expensive and quality sofa and then realising you can’t get it from the hallway into the living room due to a side effect of Victorian architecture. The following guide explores ways to measure a room for the placement of new furniture without getting stuck.

Tools Needed to Measure a Room

  • Measuring Tape
  • Notepad and Pen
  • Another person (to hold the other end of the tape)
  • Old newspapers (optional)

How to Measure a Room for Furniture

The first area of the room you will need to measure is the doorway from where the new sofa, dining table, cabinet or bed will arrive. Measure the height and width, as well as the diagonal from top left to bottom right. Jot these down in a notepad.

Now measure the space between the entranceway of the room to the far wall directly opposite. This will tell you whether there is enough space for a particularly long furniture piece, such as a wardrobe on its side or a sofa, to fit in before it’s turned in another direction. This shouldn’t usually be a problem.

The next stage is to measure the width and length of the room. For smaller rooms, this will be of the utmost importance when it comes to finding out ways to manoeuvre furniture into the interior.

Measure the height of the room. Furniture such as wardrobes, bunk beds, bookcases and cabinets will need to fit in below the height of the ceiling otherwise you’ll be having a major malfunction when it comes to your new furniture arrangement. Consider too whether you want to add house plants or decorative accessories to the top of the furniture piece and how they will relate to the ceiling height.

When this is done, begin to measure any unusual architectural features which are situated where the furniture is set to be positioned. Also note down the dimensions of fireplaces, radiators and windows. In the latter case, measure from the floor to the top of the window, as well as the width.

Measuring the Access Routes for the Delivery of Furniture

The room in which the furniture piece is placed is not the only area of the home which will be affected by its arrival. Each new furniture item will need to be brought into the residence from outside and it is just as vital to measure these access routes as it is the room itself.

The next step is the measure all the interior spaces, such as the hallway, where the furniture is set to move through. Measure the spaces for width, height and diagonal width, so as to get a feel for how the furniture can be manoeuvred when delivered to your door.

Jot down any unusual architecture features which might slow down or prevent the movement of large furniture. These might include an especially narrow inner doorway or a low wooden ceiling beam. Measure them.

Also jot down any other things which might get in the way such as staircase railings, chandeliers, large appliances and existing furniture.

Measurements for When the Furniture is in Place

It’s tempting to think the furniture will successfully fit if all the prior points are fulfilled and the measurements state that a cabinet, chest of drawers or wardrobe will slot into place easily. However, some more considerations need to be thought of. How will the drawers of a cabinet open? Will they open without banging into something else? Is there enough room to stretch your legs in front of your new sofa? Will getting out of bed require climbing over the dresser and then the wardrobe? Make sure there is space to walk comfortably around each new item of furniture and that the room will not look clogged up.

Take some more measurements.

Did You Mention Old Newspapers?

One great trick to planning a new furniture arrangement in a room is the use of old newspapers. This is especially effective if you are buying a furniture range which incorporates maybe half a dozen large pieces. You’ll also need the dimensions of the furniture items to be brought into the room, as well as any existing furniture and notable decorative and functional accessories.

Cut the old newspaper pages to the length and width of the furniture pieces you are intending to buy. Then place the resulting paper pieces onto the floor in an arrangement you desire the final furniture collection to be in. The major benefit of this is that you’ll know that the furniture items will fit into place. You can play around with different arrangements to your heart’s content until you come up with a winning format.

Remember to recycle the paper afterwards and help the environment.