PRIOR TO PURCHASING FURNITURE!
A little preparation can save you the huge hassle of returning furniture.
Not measuring to furnish your home properly is probably the biggest mistake we see our customers make when they shop for new furniture. This will commonly result in issues for the customer while picking out their new furniture, and also upon arrival when their new furniture is delivered.
Do yourself a favor and save the headache by following these – 7 Useful Tips to Measure Your Space!
Tip #1 – MEASURE BEFORE YOU SHOP
When I’m shopping for furniture, I never show up without my list of measurements. What’s included in my measurements you ask? Here is a list of the most important measurements that you should have with you:
- LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT – These are the most basic dimensions of the space you will be furnishing.
- DOORS, HALLWAYS, STAIRCASES – Know the sizes of the openings that the furniture will be going through.
- CEILINGS – Covering the height measurement above, don’t forget about things hanging from the ceiling like chandeliers or ceiling fans.
- TELEVISION SIZE – Understand actual size vs. the purchased size of your TV.
- BED SIZE – Do you prefer a Cal King or an Eastern King? Have a solid understanding of mattress sizing.
- WINDOWS & POWER OUTLETS – Know where these are within the room, you don’t want your new furniture to block the only window in the room!
This should be your very first step… Write your measurements down on a piece of paper (or better yet, in your notes on your Smartphone) and bring it with you every time and everywhere you shop for furniture.
Tip #2 – DOORWAYS, HALLWAYS, & STAIRCASES
The first thing our drivers do when they arrive at a customers home is take a look at where the furniture has to travel on its way to its new home. They do this to determine where the “tight spots” are going to be while carrying the heavy items. Just because a piece of furniture will fit into the space you measured for, doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to make it there.
Consider all of the “tight spots” in your home, and know how much space you have. You’d be surprised how often that perfect piece of furniture that you’re so excited to put in that perfect spot, never gets the opportunity to shine where it belongs…
The most common “tight spots” are DOORS, HALLS, and STAIRS. These spots can make it impossible to reach the desired room. As an example, consider a spiral staircase with a small landing. Would you want to navigate a large sofa through this obstacle course?
Here are a few simple pointers to measure these spaces properly:
HINT: Remember to measure light fixtures and ceiling fans. They are often forgotten, which can result in easily avoided damages that end up costing you even more money.
Tip #3 – SIZE MATTERS: MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE
The entire family is coming over to your house for Thanksgiving this year. Because of this, you go to purchase a larger dining table. You end up purchasing a beautiful dining table with 8 chairs and 2 leaves. It looks incredible in your dining room.
Thanksgiving day rolls around, and you go to set the table for the big party. What you failed to notice when the dining table was delivered, is that when you put the leaves onto the table it stretches from wall to wall. No matter which way you turn the table, you’re losing a couple guests to TV trays. You learn last minute that your square dining room is simply too small for this large rectangle table.
Believe me… I’m a sucker for great design, but don’t ever forget how important comfort is. If you want to design a whole room, make a plan and consider all the factors.
- Sofa & Love vs L-Shaped Sectional?
- Is there enough room for 2 End Tables?
- Will people bang their legs on a rectangle coffee table when they try to sit down?
- Maybe I should use a round ottoman instead?
It’s all about maximizing your space. You want it to look good, have the space make sense, and lastly be comfortable.
Tip #4 – THE SKY’S THE LIMIT…except when there are ceilings.
Our drivers have deliveries daily. Sometimes I see them come back with furniture that was supposed to be delivered. Out of curiosity I’ll ask them, “What happened?”. A common response is, “This piece was too tall for the room.” They forgot to check the height of their ceiling and now the customer has to start their search all over again.
Entertainment Centers, Armoires, & Buffets w/ Hutches – Usually these items are multiple pieces. Most of them have extra ornate moldings and designs that extend the overall size. Always measure from the floor to the highest point of the furniture, once everything is assembled.
Tip #5 – TELEVISIONS & ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS
Television manufacturers measure televisions diagonally (C). So when it says that you’re television is 48 inches, that is the size of the screen from corner to corner.
That does not include the casing that the screen is enclosed in. The edges of the television could give you an extra 6 inches or more. So the 48 inch TV would not fit in a 48 inch armoire. To make sure the television will fit in the desired space, measure from the outside edges Width (A) and Height (B). That would give you the exact size you would need to fit your TV inside comfortably.
Some entertainment centers, like the one above, are adjustable. In some scenarios, a TV stand works best. One important measurement is the base of the TV. The reason for this, is the base of the TV isn’t as long as the TV itself. This means that if the piece you really want isn’t as wide as your TV, it still may be be large enough to support the base.
Another important measurement is height. If you have a really low sofa and your TV stand is really tall, it might leave a kink in your neck. A good guide is to have your television somewhere around eye-level while in the sitting position.
Tip #6 – THE ROYAL TREATMENT
Here is a quick reference for the most common mattresses: I can look at a mattress and tell you what size it is, but it’s those pesky king mattresses that are tricky. There are 2 kinds of kings and the correct one is needed if you want it to fit into your bed properly.
EASTERN KING: 76″ W x 80″ L (wider and shorter that the Cal King)
CALIFORNIA KING: 72″ W x 84″ L (more narrow and long than an Eastern King)
Keep in mind the height of the actual bed, and the thickness of the mattress. A really thick pillow-top mattress might feel great in the store, but could be difficult to get onto at night. You shouldn’t need a step ladder to go to bed (unless, of course, that’s your thing)!
Tip #7 – POWER OUTLETS
Each room in my house has multiple outlets, yet I still find myself just out of reach when I move my furniture around. When determining where you would like to place your furniture, don’t forget to factor in all of the electronics you will be plugging in.
Always plan around your outlets and make sure your maintaining a safe environment. If you have a kid running around your house, you know exactly what I’m talking about!