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Measuring Guide


Proportions are everything in a space

The place to start is with a few measurements, it's vital you can move through it easily and that there is sufficient space for your furniture to function as it should.

Measure all the entries, passages, stairways, lifts and doorways through which your furniture has to travel to reach its destination. Measure for width, height and diagonal width. Make a note of any light fixtures, railings or any architectural impediments along the way.

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Lesser Spotted Measuring Guide Furniture

Start with a few measurements

It's vital that you can move through the area easily and there is sufficient space for your furniture to function as it should. Furniture you buy should be ideally 4 inches less than the passage measurements to move it easily.

Allow at least 50cm space from one piece of furniture to the next (the exception being side tables which usually sit right next to the bed, sofa or chair). When placing chairs around a dining table make sure that you have at least 50cm space between the back of the chair and any wall so people can easily move to and from the table.

When placing furniture in a hall or passageway ensure that you have at least 80cm free space left to allow easy movement through it to avoid feeling enclosed and cramped.

Keep an eye on ceiling height

You should ideally have at least 20-30cm of free space above any tall piece of furniture – this will ensure a feeling of space in a room. If you have cornices measure to the bottom of the cornice to establish your ceiling height (otherwise taller pieces such as bookcases might not sit flush against the wall). Be wary of sloping ceilings - always measure to the lowest point.

Work out the distances

To figure out the optimal distance between your sofa and your television, measure the diagonal of your television screen. Your sofa should be between 1.5 and 3 times this distance away. For example if you have a 40” screen, your sofa should be between 5’ and 7’ away.

For large wardrobes or side units you will require space approximately x3 the size of the piece in order to safely assemble. Please note some larger items are transported flat-packed or in several pieces making it easier to get them into the chosen room. This is made clear to you when you order.