Basic Step-by-Step Measuring Guide
Not sure how to measure your space properly? No worries, I can help you draw a basic floor plan. There are a few things that you will need before you start.
What you need to measure your space:
8 x 11” white paper (or 1/8 grid paper) | To draw layout and record measurements
25’ Measuring Tape | To determine length and width
Black Pen or Pencil with eraser (if using pencil please go over the drawings with a pen for clarity)
Ruler or Straight edge object to help you to draw straight lines
If your space is large, I recommend having a second person to assist you
Question? How about those cool apps that will take measurements for you? Unfortunately, I have tested most of the popular measuring apps and found them inaccurate. While programmers tweak the measuring app technology, we’ll stick with the good ole fashioned measuring tape for now!
If you prefer to have your drawings look like the professionals. There are tools to help you draft a simple floor plan; HomeStyler.com is a good recommendation. However you will still need to do the measuring yourself!
Drawing The Floor Plan
When drawing the floor plan it’s important that you include all doors, windows, and doorways. I will discuss measuring these later in the tutorial. Here below you will see a drawing of a basic floor plan.
It is important to do the overall measurements of the space first, it will help to ensure you measure everything else correctly. Measure from inside walls. Below is an example of what overall measurements look like.
Measuring The Details
Measure the doors, windows, and doorway(s). Please note: that you don’t include door or window frames - only measure from where the actual window (glass) and door begins and ends. You can see the examples below. Please double check to make sure these measurements are correct by adding all detailed measurements on each wall to make sure the number is equal to the overall measurement. If it doesn’t add up right that means you probably measured something wrong. Double checking helps to make sure all your measurements add up correctly.
Once you’re done with your floor plan drawing, including measurements - use either your smartphone or tablet to snap a clear picture to send me. If you have some other details of your space such as stairs, bay window, curved walls, niches, etc., we’ll work with you on how to get the proper measurements of those areas. Once I receive the picture of your drawing and measurements of the floor plan along with any other photos, measurements of any existing furniture pieces - I will start on your project!