Measuring Guide: Choosing Furniture That Suits Your Space

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In the world of interior design, one of the most common challenges our clients come to us asking for help with is selecting furniture that not only fits their personal style but also complements the dimensions of their living spaces. The perfect piece may catch your eye in a showroom, but will it fit seamlessly into your home? That’s why our designers have shared their expert advice, empowering you to make informed decisions when it comes to choosing furniture that suits your space. To skip the hassle, speak to us in-store and online about how we can help you design and plan your space with you.

Assess Your Room

Before diving into the world of furniture shopping, take the time to assess your room thoroughly. Measure the length, width, and height of the space, and note the location of doors, windows, and other architectural features such as skirtings and light switches. Our advice would be measure as close to the ground as possible, to make sure the measure is level and straight. Having an extra person to help you out is also extremely helpful. Understanding the dimensions of your room is the first step towards ensuring that your furniture not only fits physically but also enhances the overall aesthetic.

Create a Floor Plan

Once armed with accurate measurements, create a detailed floor plan of your room. This can be a simple sketch on graph paper or a digital representation using various online tools. Include measurements of key elements such as walls, doors, and windows. Make sure to consider elements such as plug sockets and switches. Having a visual aid will help you envision how different pieces of furniture will fit within the space and allow for easy rearrangement without the heavy lifting. Our Interior Designers are available to visit your space to help measure up and draw your space. Ask us a question or book an appointment to find out more.

Consider Traffic Flow

In addition to measurements, it's crucial to consider the flow of traffic within the room. Ensure that there is enough space for people to move comfortably around the furniture without feeling cramped. Pay attention to door widths and swings, leaving enough clearance for easy movement between rooms. A well-planned layout not only enhances the functionality of the space but also contributes to a more harmonious and aesthetically pleasing environment. For more in-depth, bespoke spatial planning, arrange a meeting with one of our designers.

Measure Existing Furniture

If you're working with an existing furniture collection, measure each piece to understand its dimensions. This will help you determine what new pieces can be added without overcrowding the room. Additionally, consider the scale of each item – a room with a mix of differently sized furniture can create visual interest and depth. Consider balancing items that go together such as sofas and pouffes, dining tables and chairs or beds and side tables.

Focus on Scale and Proportion

Selecting furniture that is in proportion to the size of your room is crucial for achieving a balanced look. Oversized furniture in a small space can make it feel cramped, while undersized pieces may get lost in a larger room. Pay attention to the scale of your furniture in relation to the overall room dimensions for a cohesive and visually appealing result.

Keep Functionality In Mind

Beyond aesthetics, it's essential to consider the functionality of each piece of furniture. Will it serve its purpose effectively within the space? Choose furniture that not only fits physically but also aligns with the intended use of the room. A beautiful sofa is great, but it should also be comfortable and conducive to relaxation. Consider who’s using it, how many are using it and how and when they use it.

Selecting furniture that suits your space requires a thoughtful approach, combining accurate measurements with a keen eye for design. By following this measuring guide, you can confidently navigate the world of interior design, ensuring that each piece enhances the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your home. Remember, a well-measured space is the foundation for a well-designed home. Happy decorating!




The best advice we can give you is on a one-to-one basis. Our designers can help your specific dining dilemmas with tailored advice that addresses your personal needs, wants and tastes. Available in-store, online or in your own home; explore our free interior design service today.

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