Measuring Tips

HOW TO MEASURE

When you're looking for the perfect piece of furniture, size is just as important as style. Learn how to measure furniture and your home to make sure you choose the right pieces for you and your space.

Step 1

Choose the Right Furniture for Your Home

Before you start shopping, it's a good idea to have an idea of the size of furniture you're looking for. Measure your room and the delivery path first so you can look for pieces that will fit in your home.

Consider the delivery path your new furniture will travel and account for tight spots: elevators, sdoorways, or stairs. Look out for light fixtures, bulkheads etc.that will make your delivery path smaller.

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Use painter's tape to mark out dimensions on the floor. This will help you visualize furniture in your room and get a feel of how much space you have.

Step 2

Understand How Dimensions Impact Fit & Delivery

Found a piece of furniture you love? Check the dimensions and understand how they impact whether it will fit into your home.

Width:

When facing the front of the piece, the width is measured from the outer edge of one side to the outer edge of the other. This dimension helps you determine how much space the furniture will take up in your room, and how much clearance a piece will need anytime you’re moving it in a straight path.

Depth:

When facing the side or profile of a piece, the depth is measured from the furthest front edge to the furthest back edge. If furniture has an angled back, be sure to measure from the widest point of the angle for an accurate measurement. This dimension will help you figure out how far a piece will extend into your room, and if it will fit through doorways, hallways, stairwells, etc.

Height:

When facing the side or profile of a piece, the height is measured from the bottom edge where it meets to floor to the highest point of the top. Some furniture has removable legs or cushions to make them smaller for delivery. This dimension will help you figure out how tall your piece will be, and if it will fit through doorways, hallways, stairwells, etc.

Diagonal Width:

Measured between opposite corners, this dimension is longer than the overall width of a piece of furniture. Diagonal width is important anytime a large piece of furniture needs to be stood up on end to pivot around a tight corner or move through a stairwell, elevator, doorway etc.

sofa measurement
sofa depth measurement
dresser measurement
diagonal measurement

Step 3

Does it Fit?

Before you make the final purchase of a new piece of furniture, remeasure your home to confirm it will fit.

  • Determine the path furniture will take from our delivery vehicle to your room of choice. Consider alternate entrances like through the garage or a service entrance in apartment buildings.

  • Measure the inside height (A) and width (B) of all doors, hallways and entry points, including elevators and stairwells.

  • Measure the clearance length (C) around corners, hallways, stairwells and elevators.

  • When measuring, don't forget to factor in ceiling height, banisters, corners and fixed objects like sprinklers, light fixtures, radiators, door handles and other unique elements.

  • Measure the inside height (A) and width (B) of all doors, hallways and entry points.

  • Measure the clearance length.

  • Measure corners, hallways, stairwells and elevators.

doorway measurement
entryway measurement
elevator measurement
  • Furniture is delivered in packaging and often requires assembly or comes in multiple pieces. Compare the delivery path with the packaged dimensions of each individual piece rather than the assembled dimensions. The packaged dimensions may be larger than the piece of furniture if it requires very little assembly, or smaller if elements need to be installed after it reaches your room of choice.

  • In order to fit:

  • Either the height or depth of the package must be less than the width (B) of all doors, hallways and entry points.
  • The diagonal width of the package must be less than the inside height (A) or clearance length (C) around all corners, hallways, stairwells and elevators
stair dimension
  • Your new furniture should be able to move easily through delivery path without rubbing or squeezing against door frames, ceilings or walls. If you opt for White Glove Delivery, our team works very hard to ensure they don't damage your new furniture or any walls, ceilings or floors. This means that they won’t squeeze or push a piece to make it fit. We strongly recommend adding 6 inches of clearance to your dimensions for a smooth delivery. If the piece you’ve selected seems like it will be a tight fit, consider sizing down.