Sizing Up Furniture and Interior Spaces

There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect piece of furniture, buying it on-the-spot, hauling it home, and discovering it’s too big or small for the intended use. A less than perfect furniture fit can compromise your original interior décor vision, and be downright frustrating.

Enter the importance of measuring your interior space(s) before shopping for furniture and accessories, and measuring each piece at the store before you buy it.

Nadeau’s in-store professionals are happy to help find pieces that meet your specifications. We’ll even provide you a free measuring tape during your visit. But, we’re also counting on you to know your measurements at home.

Here’s our recommendations for important measurements that, if done ahead of time and in the store, will help you find pieces that are a perfect fit.

Length / width: Eyeballing measurements simply doesn’t work; it’s a recipe for disappointment. So make sure you measure your space at home with a measuring tape. Be precise and write down every single measurements!

When you find a piece of furniture that seems to be a fit, measure it from end to end using the widest points. If you’re fitting it into a nook, make sure to give yourself a couple inches of extra space to play with. Nadeau’s furniture is handcrafted, so sometimes the furniture may be slightly wider or narrower on one either end.

Depth: The depth is the distance from the front of the piece to the back. One important thing to consider when measuring the space at home is how the depth of a new piece of furniture will affect traffic flow in and around the space. If it sticks out too much, you’re likely going to have issues with people knocking into it, kids hitting their heads on it, and the furniture being visually out off place.

If you’re putting the piece in a nook, make sure at least half of it fits into the space. If more than half is sticking out, it could appear awkward and out of place. Again, make sure to leave yourself a couple of extra inches of breathing room when measuring the depth.

Height: The height is the measurement from the bottom of the piece to the top. When buying a large armoire or storage cabinet, make sure to keep the height at a functional level – meaning, you can easily access whatever you’re storing. It’s also good to make sure the height is appropriate for the room, and doesn’t overpower the space or sit so high that it’s hard to see the beauty of the piece. When measuring at home, it’s also good to look at the average height of other pieces in the room. At the store, make sure you measure from the true top to the true bottom.

Now that you’ve done your due diligence and precisely measured the interior space(s), there’s one more critical step that -if overlooked- will make all your previous work a waste of time: measuring the height and width of your entryway, hallways and other doors that the furniture must travel through to reach it’s final destination!



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