Measure Your Room
Before choosing furniture, measure the perimeter of the room and draw a simple floor plan to plot your furniture placement. Note the windows, closets, heating vents and electrical outlets in the room. Mark all of these on your floor plan. Where does a door open into the space? What about lighting – will you use table lamps, or would floor lamps work better?
Also, don’t forget the details. In addition to each room’s standard furnishings, you’ll want to plan for other items such as armoires, ottomans and accent tables. A bench at the end of the bed or extra storage can make a difference in any room.
For an easy to use online version, try Design Studio's ROOM PLANNER here.
Measure for Delivery
Once you’ve measured your furniture and determined that will fit in your space, it is important that it can be delivered through all entryways, elevators and up all stairways.
Follow these simple guidelines to help ensure an efficient delivery:
Measure the height and width of your entryways, including elevator doors and interiors.
Consider the furniture to be delivered and determine if it can go straight through entryways or if it will have to go in at an angle or on its end.
For upholstered furniture, such as sofas and chairs, measure the overall length, depth, back height and diagonal depth.
Diagonal depth is helpful when determining if the piece can be brought in on its end. To determine the diagonal depth, measure the furniture from the top of the back to the front of the arm. Find the mid–point of that measurement and measure from the mid–point to the lower back leg.
For wood furniture, such as armoires and bookcases, consider the overall height, width and depth. Diagonal height (from top left corner to bottom right corner) is also helpful here when determining if the piece can be brought in on a tilt. Use the process described above to measure furniture's diagonal height.
Make sure that there is a clear and unobstructed path in front of and beyond each doorway. Make note of any fixtures, decorative moldings, interior walls, ceiling heights, stairwells and banisters that may pose an obstacle once inside.