Buying new furniture for a big move or home refresh is super exciting… if it all fits through the door! Although it may seem like a no-brainer, measuring a space before buying furniture is frequently overlooked and one of the biggest mistakes we see people make. Not only must you measure to ensure the piece you bought will fit in your room, but you must also account for small doorways, narrow halls and curvy stairwells that can all pose a problem when it comes to delivery. In many cases, just an inch of space can make all of the difference. No one wants to end up in that episode of Friends where Ross shouts “Pivot!” Avoid the headache, and learn how to measure your space below.
1. Tape It Out Before You Buy
The first step is to make sure the item you’re thinking about works in your space.
For your convenience, we have published dimensions (height x width x depth) under Specifications on every KKH product page when you shop our site. If you have trouble visualizing the size of the piece in your space, one easy trick is to measure out the width and depth on the floor with masking tape or painter tape. You can also place a piece of tape on the wall to get an idea of height. If you’re measuring a sofa, make sure you also record the diagonal depth, which will determine if the piece can be brought through tighter entryways at an angle (read below for an example).
2. Measure Your Home
The second step is to check that the piece you ordered will fit in all entryways and doors. Here’s a small checklist of measurements to have on hand:
a. Measure the height (A) and width (B) of all doors and hallways. When measuring the door, make sure you’re take the measurement inside the doorframe. You may not have as much space as you originally thought!
b. Measure the clearance length (C) between outside and interior walls.
3. Make Sure Everything Fits Perfectly
Don’t risk damaging your items by pushing through tight halls and doorways. Here are the guidelines to guarantee zero sofa debacles while moving in.
For Sofas, Chairs, and Tables-
a. The width of the doorway (B) must exceed at least one of the following: the piece’s depth (d), diagonal depth (dd), or height (h).
b. If the entryway clearance (C) exceeds the piece’s width (w), then you can move it in horizontally.
c. If the entryway clearance (C) is less than the piece’s width (w), then you will need to move it in vertically, meaning that the entryway height (A) must exceed the piece’s width (w).
WARNING: Here are the circumstances that’ll end in disaster. Reconsider your options if either holds true:
For Bookcases and Display Cases-
a. The width of the entryway (B) must exceed the piece’s depth (d).
b. If the entryway clearance (C) exceeds the piece’s height (h), then you can move it in horizontally.
c. If the entryway clearance (C) is less than the piece’s height (h), then you will need to move it in vertically, meaning that the entryway height (A) must exceed the piece’s height (h).