All too often we have customers wishing to return items because they came into our store, fell in love with a comfortable recliner chair, took it home, and realised it didn’t fit. We recommend using the following tips when it comes to measuring in preparation for new furniture.
Only Do It Once
To make things easier on yourself, measure your space once and write down your measurements in a place that’s accessible -- perhaps on a note on the fridge or even saved under a “room measurements” contact on your phone. It’s not a bad idea to have a sketch of the floorplan as part of the measurements, so you can consider how you can rearrange furniture as well.
Start with the Door
Measure your front door, the hallway, and entrances into the room you are furnishing. One of the most common mistakes we’ve seen is furniture that fits in the room, but we cannot get through the door in the first place. Make sure you take down all measurements for stairs, passages, and entryways that furniture would need to get through. When you measure doors, double check that you’re taking the inside measurements of the frame rather than the outside.
You should aim to have at least ten centimetres clearance for the furniture on all sides.
Get All the Numbers
Don’t forget to get height, width, and diagonal measurements, especially for areas such as corners and stairways.
Think about What You Can’t Move
You should consider your light fixtures, ceiling hangings, or other things you can’t really move when hauling furniture into a room. Find out if you can temporarily remove them to make room, or if they need to stay in place. When you’re taking measurements for the actual room that you are furnishing, don’t forget to measure and mark fireplaces, mantelpieces, and other immovable architectural pieces.
Measure the Room
Take the measurements from the front entrance to the back wall. Measure the length and width, as well as the height of the ceiling for taller pieces. Measure the height of the wall up the windowsill if you are considering putting tables or other objects under the window.
Measure the Furniture You Already Have
Before going to buy new furniture, measure the furniture already sitting in your bedroom or lounge room. You may be able to find pieces that match their height and will give you a better aesthetic when you’re done shopping. If you’re a visual person, consider taking a photo of your furniture and marking measurements directly on the photograph.
Bring Your Sketch with You
It’s a good idea to have a sketch of your room with you when you shop for furniture, rather than just the numerical measurements. That way you’ll be able to look at a piece of furniture and consider where it will go, rather than just whether or not you can get it into the room. Remember that you want your furniture to be functional -- meaning you will need to account for spaces to walk around inside the room. If you’re considering a piece of furniture that’s pushing the limit of whether it will fit or not, having your sketch with you will help you think about how you can rearrange your furniture to make it fit.
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Sometimes you’ll get the chance to walk into a furniture store, or even a friend’s house, and right away your eyes are drawn to a particular chair, sofa, table, apothecary, or other piece of furniture that really stands out . It’s often bold and large, but doesn’t necessarily have to be. Sometimes it is a particular vintage piece, clearly having a history that makes people want to ask questions. At other times, it’s a brightly coloured piece, or one with an intricate design or trimming.
Using a statement piece in your home, especially in your lounge room, is a great way to make your house an exciting space and one that you’re happy to show to guests. Here are a few suggestions for choosing and using the right statement piece of furniture.
Think about Your Floors When Choosing a Colour
One of the most common ways to make a statement with furniture is to have one or two very colourful pieces. When you’re choosing the colour, think about what type of floor it will sit on. Very dark floors go great with bright yellows and blues. Medium timber floors work well with reds, and if you have a light timber or tile floor, contrast it with dark furniture.
You should also of course think about the walls or other immovable pieces of your room. It’s always possible to organise other furniture around a central piece, but much harder to change walls and floors. As two of the largest surfaces in any room, your walls and floors can really make your furniture pop.
Don’t Go Overboard
What truly makes a statement is the ability to isolate what you should be looking at; what your eyes are drawn to. It can be very enticing to make all of your furniture a statement piece -- but that’s an easy way to make a room look too busy. Have one or two pieces per room that clearly stand out, and make the rest functional and fitting.
Pieces that make a statement can be ones that clearly are from a different era than the rest. Whether it’s a genuine antique or simply a new design that speaks to a particular architectural and design era and place, having a vintage piece among modern furniture is a clear winner.
Find One Thing to Match
Your statement piece stands out by nature. It should be different from the nearby furniture and ornaments so it truly is eye catching. However, you can match it to one thing in your space to make it feel more integrated. For example, if you have a Bari modular corner sofa , think about adding a vase of red flowers on a side table nearby, or hanging a red picture frame on the wall behind it.
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