Simple Step-by-Step Measuring Guide
When starting a design/decorating project it is important to measure your space correctly. This beginning step can be intimidating and you may not know where to start. Trust me, I get it! My first experience with a tape measure was with blinds and wall art. After I purchased my first home, I didn’t have a clue as to how to measure correctly for either one. My first mistake, including the window frames when I was measuring my windows, Grrrr!
I am going to walk you through basic step by step how to measure (Horizontal & Vertical) any room in your home. So bust out your tape measurer, paper and pencil let get started! There are a few things that you will need before you start.
You will need:
8 x 11” white paper or Graphic paper treat each square as a foot
Measuring Tape - recommend using 25’ measurer
Pencil with eraser
Handy assistant *(Optional)
Drawing The Floor Plan
The easiest way to get started is to do a quick sketch to get a general outline of your room, next you’ll add the dimensions.
From a horizontal birds’s eye view draw the shape of your room
Now that you have your drawing let’s begin by measuring the length of each wall from corner to corner. Note: This can be in inches or feet.
Measuring The Details
Measure the doors, windows, and doorway(s).
As you begin the measuring process be sure to include window and door frame and casings. This will help with the design layout.
Pay attention to and note the locations of all outlets, vents, smoke alarm, light switches & light fixture placements.
When measuring for blinds or window shades, measure inside the frame and casing.
measuring the verticals
This process will give us the height of the widow, door and ceilings. A very important step when it comes to furniture. Making sure a number of things…that the front door and other points of entry allows for the delivery of furniture pieces to fit through, the proper hanging of window treatment and wall art.
Measuring ceiling height:
From the floor to ceiling on a flat vertical surface (wall) and be sure to note any changes in the ceiling height. This may require a helping hand of assistance to accomplish!
Measuring window position & height:
Top of window sill to floor or vis versa
Floor to bottom of window sill
Note: For measurement assistance with bay windows, niches, fireplace, wainscoting and stairs send me an email and I’ll send you a basic step by step guide to measuring those areas.