How to Measure Your Space

Maybe you've never measured anything before. Perhaps you've measured bits and pieces here and there. Or, you're a total expert but want some pointers.​   Below you'll find a thorough guide to will help you get your measurements right the first time.

 

  • We will use your hand drawn floor plan, dimensions and photo submissions to know exactly how your space is laid out!

  • Once we receive all of these, we'll be able to create a digital version of your space which will be used to create your furniture layout and renders.

  • Pad of blank or graph paper

  • Ruler

  • Pencil & Eraser

  • Fine Tip Marker or Pen

  • Measuring Tape 16-60ft – it must reach wall to wall

  • 4 Copies of your floor plan – to write different dimensions on

  • Helping Hand - if possible, to help you measure

What You Need:

Tips Before you Start Measuring

Draw a very rough floor plan first.

  • Easiest way to get the room outline is to roughly sketch it as you walk around it​,

  • Start at the door, as you walk, sketch the walls beside you​,

  • Go wall to wall until you end up back at that door​,

  • Go back and add things like doors, windows and other features​,

  • Mark bulkheads with a dashed line,

  • Include floor to ceiling columns and fill them in completely,

  • For windows, draw a rectangle, half in the lines of the floor plan and half outside. 

NOTE: If you have trouble with this step, let us know. We’ll ask you to submit photos and a video of you walking around the room showing each wall (slowly) then we’ll draw up a rough sketch for you to add your dimensions to or we can video chat while you measure to help you.

Having someone help you measure is a good idea!

 

Especially if you’re measuring around furniture. Have the most experienced person call out the measurements while the other person records them on the plan.

We prefer measurements in inches, however, do what’s easiest for you.

(Ie. Wall is 120” not 10’)

 

  • It can always be converted on our end, just note which unit of measurement you used.

  • Don't worry if you have a square or rectangular room & one wall measures larger than the one across from it, rooms are rarely perfectly squared.

Window and Door Trim:

Include the trim in the dimensions of features.
(Ie. Window is 30” wide and the trim is 3” (on each side) record it is 36”)

Notice: that when holding the measuring tape straight, the shortest dimension is the correct one – this is because the shortest point between two walls is a straight and level line.

The  Measuring  Steps

1.  Full Walls – wall to wall / corner to corner dimensions.  Take corner to corner measurements and note these on your first drawing.

2.  Partials – break down everything on each wall:  Take measurements of all architectural features and the wall space on either side of them. Windows, doors, bulkheads, columns, radiators, pillars, mantel, bay windows etc. – basically, anything that needs to be worked around needs to be noted.​  For example, Corner to doorway, width of doorway (including trim), doorway to window, width of window (including trim), window to wall.  ​If  the whole wall is 120”, the window is 48” (including the trim) and has 36” on each side of it. 

3. Elevations – a line drawing of each wall with height and placement of features: Take measurements from the floor to the bottom of the feature, then from the bottom to the top of the feature and write both down​--For example, Floor to ceiling is 120”,  floor to the bottom (outside) window trim is 36”, bottom of the window trim to the top of the window trim is 48” and there is 36” above the window to the ceiling, you would only write 36 and 48.​  Don’t forget to measure the ceiling height and record it on your plan somewhere.

4.  Electrical – mark on your layout the location and number of recessed lights, ceiling lights, power outlets, HVAC vents, light switches, etc.  See below symbols to identify electric lights, etc on your drawing.

Before  Submitting  your Floor Plans:

 

  • Walk around and look over your drawings to ensure everything has been included

  • Make sure your dimensions are legible and easy to read

  • Did you note which way doors swing open?

 

Once we get your drawings, dimensions and photos, we'll be able to create a digital version for you!