You spent many months planning for the purchase of your new home. You scoured real estate websites, comparing one development to another, sought advice from family and friends, and then finally decided on a broker who could help you manage this milestone.
Now that you are ensconced in your new home, the process of furnishing it begins.
While you have been eyeing this beautiful leather couch for some time now, it seems bulky for your space. How do you ensure that the couch would make a perfect fit in your new home?
Here are five practical tips on measuring space for furniture.
1. Measure entry, passages, and stairwells
Find out the easiest route to transport furniture to your home. Look for possible entry points that the delivery crew can use including doors, hallways, elevators, and stairwells. Get their dimensions including width, height, and diagonal width. Because furniture would have to pass through all these, make sure your measurements are accurate.
Take note of corners and tights spots that might be encountered on the way to your unit, too. Moving furniture would be easier if there’s at least 4 inches of space all around for the crew to maneuver.
Don’t forget to factor in low hanging ceiling details as well such as light fixtures, fans, and railings. These should be measured to avoid damage on your home and your furniture.
Consider what floor you’re living in, too. If your purchase cannot fit in the service elevator, your furniture store must take that into account.
2. Measure all rooms in detail
Request for a copy of the detailed unit plan from the property developer through your broker. This will save you time in taking down measurements.
After planning the delivery route, take the length and width of the room you’re planning to furnish. Measure the distance of the entrance to the far wall to check if you have room to maneuver. Consider too the floor space, windows, doors, and power outlets to help you make decisions on furniture placement.
Know the length of the wall from floor to ceiling. This would be useful if you will buy tall pieces of furniture like cabinets and bookshelves.
For rooms with windows, measure the height of the wall from the floor to the window sill as reference for furniture you plan to place against a wall.
3. Create a floor plan
A detailed floor plan is a useful aid as it gives you a bird’s eye view of the room you are furnishing. Furniture stores and showrooms usually have wide spaces and high ceilings, making it harder for you to visualize the pieces inside your home. A 3D room planner will allow you to see the whole picture.
You’d be happy to know that some interior designer consultants and select furniture stores offer this type of service either as a fixed fee or as a value-added service.
4. Measure the furniture
Take all the information you gathered into account when choosing your pieces.
Apart from the length, width, and height of a piece, measure its diagonal depth as well to ensure a great fit.
5. Compare the dimensions of the room and furniture to optimize space
More than taking measurements, look at the traffic flow and visual balance of each room. Maximize and optimize space by carefully considering its purpose, and when needed, going for multi-functional furniture.
If visualizing the furnished room is a challenge for you, tape together sheets of paper representing the actual measurements of the furniture and place them on your desired location. This would give you a feel of the furnished area, and allow you to explore other arrangements as well.
Taking detailed measurements and considering numerous factors might sound like a daunting task, but the reward is great – a finely furnished room you can call your own!
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