How to measure furniture:
Being aware of furniture measurements is perhaps the most important thing when buying furniture on-line and furnishing your home. The key is to be thorough at all times. Measure the space, measure it again and then once more just to be sure. If you can, view the item in a showroom or similar and follow the same process for measuring the item.
The most important and logical place to start is to make sure you know the dimensions of your home and the space in which your new purchase(s) will sit. To get a good idea of how something will look in your home, map out the space using newspaper or masking tape.
Make sure you have enough space to walk around your furniture and are able to open drawers and doors. For dining tables, make sure you allow a 60 cm clearance for the chair when it’s out from the table. Allow space for drawers on a divan or bed. Check that the largest dimension will fit comfortably through any doors and hallways, as well as up stairs without damaging paintwork or windows.
Ensure that diagonal measurements of furniture are less than the entry dimensions. For example, when it comes to sofas, make sure you check the diagonal dimensions correctly; place a straight tape measure from the back of the frame to the front of the arm. A good idea to see if something will fit is to open all drawers and doors in a room and see how much space is left.
In a hallway, make sure you have at least 80 cm free space to allow for easy movement. Don’t forget about ceiling heights either, which would be quite easy to do. You should have 20-30 cm of free space above any tall piece of furniture. If you have cornices, measure to the bottom of the cornice to establish the ceiling height. Be careful with sloping ceilings and make sure you measure to the lowest point.
It’s important to remember when bringing furniture in to be aware of physical obstacles such as ceiling fans, lights, bannisters and any other fixtures. If your new furniture is going into a space or gap between two items, make sure you take at least four centimetres from the width and height of the space to allow a snug fit. Make sure you also consider windows, cupboards as well as heating vents and electrical outlets.
If your furniture needs to go up or downstairs, then measure the diagonal distance between the stairs and the ceiling. This needs to be four or more inches greater than the diagonal measurement of the piece.
Retailers will usually advise that their measurements are approximate. So make sure when measuring the space to always allow a bit of extra space for individual variations. Measurements tend to be for the height, width and depth of an item and are normally in centimetres or millimetres. Look out for assembly information too, so you know how large the space will need to be to get the boxes into your home.
Certain pieces of furniture often have standard measurements, so you can usually get a good estimate of how large an item, like a bed for example, will be if you need to get an idea of where furniture will fit in your home. Measurements are usually given as the width being the size from left from right, the depth from front to back and the height from floor to top.
|Item||Width (cm)||Depth (cm)||Width (in)||Depth (in)|
|3 seater sofa||213||89||84||35|
|Square lamp table||61||61||24||24|
|Rectangular lamp table||71||61||28||24|
|Chest of drawers||76||46||30||18|
|Single bed||108.4||211.5||43||83 ½|
|King size bed||167||212||66||83 ½|
How to measure furniture dimensions:
There is a knack to measuring furniture and you need to have key dimensions in mind when choosing the perfect pieces for your home. For each item of furniture it varies and it’s important that it’s carefully done. Be aware that most large pieces are knock down, or at least in part, so will be smaller when packaged and disassembled. It’s worth checking with the retailer when your order your furniture so you know the dimensions of the boxes on delivery.
The measurements you need for a sofa are the width and diagonal depth. For bookcases and armoires you need the diagonal height at the widest point and the depth.
To work out the optimal distance between your sofa and the TV you need to measure the diagonal dimensions of your TV screen. Your sofa should be between 1.5 and three times this distance away. For example, if you have a 40″ screen, the sofa should be between five and seven feet away.
Measure the electronics and components you would like to store in your furniture. Measure your TV before you plan your purchase.
Sofas will need special treatment because of their awkward shape and the fact that most sofas are fixed pieces that can’t be dismantled. Always measure the height and width of your door. Measure the diagonal depth of the sofa which needs to be smaller than the width of the door. You need to measure the hallway accurately too; measure the length between the access wall in the hall way and the interior wall in the room where the sofa will be place. This must be greater than the width of the sofa.
For tight corners, you might need to stand the sofa upright so you should measure the ceiling height . This needs to be higher than the diagonal height of the sofa. Make sure the height, width and depth of the stairwells are big enough to accommodate turning. If you have only lift access to your home, ensure the height and width of the lift door and the dimensions inside the lift are adequate. Be careful to be aware of the maximum weight allowance in the lift and compare this to the weight of the sofa.
When shifting furniture be especially careful with heavy furniture as this can be difficult to manoeuvre. You’ll most likely need to lift the pieces on to their corners, applying not just to sofas so the height of the hall or doorway needs to accommodate all pieces. In all cases allow a little extra to accommodate variations and be prepared to make some other adjustments to the overall layout of a room. We hope these tips are useful and help you to find just the right furniture for your home.