You have a lot of decisions to make when you’re trying to find the perfect furniture. You have to choose the perfect color, fabric, and finish. You also want to find furniture that’s comfortable, attractive, multifunctional, and suits your needs. Here’s everything you need to know to measure your space to make sure your furniture fits in your home.
Measure Entryway Doors and Hallways
Finding out if your furniture fits in your space takes more than just measuring where you’re going to put it, especially if you’re enjoying small space living. The journey, in this case, is just as important as the destination.
Obviously, the width of the piece cannot exceed the width of the front door, but you also need about 4” of extra space in entryways and hallways when maneuvering your new furniture. Measure the height and width of the door frame as well as the entryway, especially if the movers need to make a hard turn as soon as they enter your home.
Remove any objects such as other furniture, artwork, and shoes that may get in the way. If you need to go up a flight of stairs, measure that in advance as well. Measuring the path your furniture has to take lets you know if you need to remove any doors, banisters, or other impediments that may make getting your furniture to your destination difficult.
Measuring Your Space
Measuring your space means measuring the dimensions of your room, but it also means measuring the distance between other pieces of furniture. When deciding on the right-sized sofa, you’ll want to understand its relationship to the other pieces in your room. The coffee table should be 14” to 18” away from your sofa. That’ll give you enough space to stand up but still reach your drink.
Ideally, all furniture in your sitting area would be at least 3 ½ feet away from each other. This gives you plenty of space to move around freely. Dining tables should have a minimum of 3 feet around them, with 4 feet being ideal. The former will allow people to sit comfortably, and the latter will allow them to move about when others are seated.
Writing down all of your measurements and drawing out your room can help you imagine what will fit in your space. If you’re a visual person, though, there’s nothing like seeing it in person. Try taking some newspaper and laying it out on the floor using the dimensions you’re considering to get an idea of your actual home design. Sometimes seeing with your own eyes is the best way to make sure that the furniture you buy fits your small space living arrangement, your lifestyle, and you.