How to Measure Your Room
Maybe you've never measured anything before. Perhaps you've measured bits and pieces here and there. Or, you're a total expert but want some pointers.
Below you'll find a thorough guide to will help you get your measurements right the first time.
We will use your hand drawn floor plan, dimensions and photo submissions to know exactly how your space is laid out!
Once we receive all of these, we'll be able to create a digital version of your space which will be used to create your furniture layout and renders.
Pad of blank or graph paper
Pencil & Eraser
Fine Tip Marker or Pen
Measuring Tape 16-60ft – it must reach wall to wall
4 Copies of your floor plan – to write different dimensions on
Helping Hand - if possible, to help you measure
The Measuring Process:
Full Walls – wall to wall / corner to corner dimensions
Partials – break down everything on each wall
Elevations – height and placement of features
Electrical – pot lights, ceiling lights power outlets, vents, etc.
Tips Before you Start Measuring:
Draw a very rough floor plan first.
Easiest way to get the room outline is to roughly sketch it as you walk around it
Start at the door, as you walk, sketch the walls beside you
Go wall to wall until you end up back at that door
Go back and add things like doors, windows and other features
Mark bulkheads with a dashed line (see top wall in photo)
Include floor to ceiling columns and fill them in completely (see top wall in photo)
For windows, draw a rectangle, half in the lines of the floor plan and half outside (see top wall in photo)
NOTE: If you have trouble with this step, let us know. We’ll ask you to submit photos and a video of you walking around the room showing each wall (slowly) then we’ll draw up a rough sketch for you to add your dimensions to!
Having someone help you measure is a good idea!
Especially if you’re measuring around furniture. Have the most experienced person call out the measurements while the other person records them on the plan
Include the trim in the dimensions of features.
(Ie. Window is 30” wide and the trim is 3” (on each side) record it is 36”)
We prefer measurements in inches, however, do what’s easiest for you.
(Ie. Wall is 120” not 10’)
It can always be converted on our end, just note which unit of measurement you used.
Don't worry if you have a square or rectangular room & one wall measures larger than the one across from it, rooms are rarely perfectly squared
Notice: that when holding the measuring tape straight, the shortest dimension is the correct one – this is because the shortest point between two walls is a straight and level line.
Time to Measuring Your Space:
Label your first drawing – Full Walls.
Take corner to corner measurements and note these on your first drawing.
Label your second drawing – Partials.
Take measurements of all architectural features and the wall space on either side of them. Windows, doors, bulkheads, columns, radiators, pillars, mantel, bay windows etc. – basically, anything that needs to be worked around needs to be noted.
Ie. Corner to doorway, width of doorway (including trim), doorway to window, width of window (including trim), window to wall
ie. If the whole wall is 120”, the window is 48” (including the trim) and has 36” on each side of it. Add these to your drawing like below:
Label your third drawing – Elevations.
Take measurements from the floor to the bottom of the feature, then from the bottom to the top of the feature and write both down
Ie. Floor to ceiling is 120”, floor to the bottom (outside) window trim is 36”, bottom of the window trim to the top of the window trim is 48” and there is 36” above the window to the ceiling, you would only write 36 and 48
For complicated features like built-in’s, see section: Additional or Complex Dimensions
Don’t forget to measure the ceiling height and record it on your plan somewhere
Label your fourth drawing – Electrical.
All we need for this is symbols on the drawing roughly in the same spot they are in real life.
What we need: power outlets, pot lights, ceiling lights/chandeliers, vents, telecom outlets, cable outlets
We have included a symbol legend in the document below
Before Submitting your Floor Plans:
Walk around and look over your drawings to ensure everything has been included
Make sure your dimensions are legible and easy to read
Did you note which way doors swing open?
Additional or Complex Dimensions:
Some rooms have very complex areas or features like built-ins or mantels, that just need their own piece of paper.
Draw a very basic sketch of the item and add your dimesnions to that - see below.
We will provide you with an excel sheet titled ‘Additional Dimensions’ where you will record the dimensions of furniture and décor you plan to keep.
Once we get your drawings, dimensions and photos, we'll be able to create a digital version for you!
Feeling a Little Overwhelmed?!
If you are located in the GTA, we offer the option to come in and do the measurements and photographs for you. This service is charged at $100/hour.
Alternatively, you can always hire a local trades person to come and take the measurements.
Please note that we are not responsible for any issues caused by incorrect dimensions that are submitted.