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Measuring Furniture

Getting new furniture for your home is an important decision. After all, the furniture you choose today will be part of your life for years to come, so you need to get it right.

You need to make sure that the furniture you buy is the right fit for your home, which means making sure that:

  • the measurements are perfect for your room
  • the furniture can be fitted through your doors, stairs or hallways, clearing all access points.

How to get the perfect proportions

The first step in making sure that the furniture will be in proportion for your room is to measure the surface area of the space where you want to put the furniture.

You can then make a rough floor plan with a note of the dimensions of the available space and the ceiling height.

Check the width, height, and depth of the furniture you would like to order and include this in your rough floor plan and against the ceiling height. Does it fit with ease?

If you find it hard to visualize the furniture in your room from a your floor plan alone, you can make 2D templates of your chosen furniture out of newspaper, or mark out the area where you would like the furniture to go using masking tape.

When marking out where the furniture will go, remember to leave adequate space around the furniture.

With the exception of side tables and bedside tables, the rule of thumb is to allow at least 50cm of space between pieces of furniture.

Interior designers also suggest leaving a distance of at least 20-30cm between a tall piece of furniture and the ceiling to create a feeling of space in the room.

Will it fit into my house?

Orangeliving Furniture offer split sofa options on some of our larger sofas. Some of our larger cabinets and beds also come apart so they are easier to move – so remember to take this into account when you are working out if the furniture will fit through doorways, halls and up staircases.

To make sure that the furniture you want to order will not get stuck in your doorway, check that all widths and diagonal depths are less than the entry dimensions.

You can check the diagonal depth on upholstery by placing a straight tape measure from the back of the frame to the front of the arm.

If it was easy to get your existing furniture in, and the new furniture is the same size, there should be no problem. It’s a useful exercise to compare the measurements of the furniture you already have with the model you want to replace it with.

When ordering a wall display unit, measure the wall you wish to place it against from floor to ceiling to make sure that the unit will fit with some space to spare. The diagonal height of the unit should be less than the entryways.

When making sure that a piece of furniture will fit into your house, measure the width and height of all doorways, hallways, and stairways, including banisters and turns, and don’t forget about obstacles such as radiators, wall and ceiling lights.