Find out how to measure afor , including the different considerations, the steps to follow, and how to know if the furnishings will fit.
Furnishing ais a step further to personalize one’s space and make it truly livable, and knowing how much square footage will determine how many pieces of and how much you need. So, how do you measure a for ? The following is a guide on measuring a in preparation for furnishing properly.
Steps for Measuring a Room
Here are the quick steps for measuring a floor plan:
- Wall Lengths: the length of each wall
- Door & Widths: Get the measurements of all of the and windows.
- Space Between Windows & : Measure the span from windows to adjacent .
- : Record the room’s .
- Layout and Walkways: Consider the potential floor plan placement.
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• When measuring a , get a measuring tape (it’s best to have the longest of a tape measure, especially for a large , to avoid intervals when measuring), a piece of paper, a pencil or pen, and a construction marker.
Another option is to use a laser meter, as it is convenient for measuring lengths and angles, especially heights.
• Before doing any measurements, sketch the on paper. It is recommended to draw a top view and a perspective view of the . The rough sketch indicating the location of windows, , built-in types of closets, and other architectural features helps visualization better.
Another alternative is to take a picture of thein perspective and print it in grayscale or monochromatic. The sketch or printout will serve as where to jot down the measurements and the top view. If there are built-ins or architectural features, such as a fireplace, have a separate sketch for the . Also, indicate these features on the plan or top view.
• When sketching, it is best to use graph paper to scale down the and assign a certain length per square of the graphing paper. For instance, 5 squares would represent 1 meter, so the scale of your drawing would be 5 squares = 1 meter. Be sure to have enough inner space to place the location of the .
• First, measure the total length and of the , starting at the farthest corner and extending to a straight line opposite a corner. If a built-in or architectural feature blocks the way, measure that length and proceed to measure the length of that object blocking the way, then continue measuring the rest of the length or .
• Next, measure the of the . A sketch of a sectional view of the is needed, especially for slanting or irregular heights. A sectional view is like viewing the cut vertically, lengthwise, or on its Y-axis.
• Measure the and length of , windows, and other built-ins present.
• After taking the measurements, have a xeroxed copy of the measurements. It is also better to have an electronic copy of the measurements for future reference or when another copy is needed to be printed.
• After making a copy of the sketch or photo with measurements, draw the locations of the . If still figuring out the just draw an estimated shape and of the . Use a pencil for easier corrections or multi-colored pens so it’s easier to understand the from the sketch.
A bubble diagram can also help one visualize the space. Use oblong-shaped forms to representlocations, and adjust the oblong to indicate the .
• Take the measurements and record them on a separate sheet of paper. If existing are ready to be used, measure them. Draw the profile and use these measurements on the measured , indicating the preferred location.
When purchasing new, suppliers will usually have existing brochures or online descriptions specifying measurements of their products. Use these measurements when drawing the location of them.
• When assigning placemen , the 60 to 40 ratio of to space is useful so as not to overcrowd the space. Accessories and comfort should also be in mind when furnishing. Make some adjustments if needed to calculate and accommodate the necessary items in the space.
Considerations For Measuring Furniture for a Room
The following are factors to keep in mind when furnishing a:
Purpose of theto be Furnished: Defining the room’s purpose determines which pieces to include and the layout.
The room’s shape usually lends itself to predict how the area will be set-up and what function it will serve. – Move Your House: Plan It, Organize it & Decorate it, Sandee Payne
Know the Shape of your: Often overlooked, the shape of a influences a lot of factors and eventually affects which pieces to choose. Moreover, the room’s shape is a major factor in the proportional relation between the furnishings and .
Amount of Windows: The available natural light and ventilation coming through the area is important to the well-being of its occupants. The location and position of windows should also be considered. should not be blocking the natural flow of air and light.
Access Routes: Theshould be safe and straightforward and allow storage and work areas to be accessible.
Utility Outlets: The locations of convenience outlets should not be blocked and can be easily reached.
Number of Occupants: The number of users in thewill determine the and amount of to be purchased.
Consider the Rule of Thumb 60:40: A good rule of thumb is to haveoccupy 60% of the room, and the rest is open space and traffic areas.
Define your Style: Minimalist and contemporary-styled homes usually take up less space due to the shapes and number of pieces of types of rooms in a house due to the embellishments and .needed. More elaborate will usually occupy more space in the different
What should you measure in your home?
• Length and of the – Square Footage
• of the
• Existing and Entryways
• Hallways and Stairs
• Built-ins such as Closets or Storage
How Do I Know If The Furniture Will Fit In My Room?
Measuring the square footage of theand the planned pieces and assigning them to the space is the only way to ensure the pieces will fit inside.
For a complex project, there are online create a 3D . This way, it is easier to visualize all dimensions and determine if it fits one preference. modelplanners available that can be utilized to
• Use the wall length measurements to determine the size of the items that can fit along each wall. Watch that nothing blocks doors or windows, including their opening and closing.
• Allow 3 feet of space around each piece of from other pieces, especially in a . Layer if there’s limited space. Use the total dimensions to plan a clear and comfortable walkway around the furnishings.
• Make sure you have enough door and to fit through when bringing it into the . An alternative would be a egress, but consider how items would be brought from a second floor or on a higher level.
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