Tape Measures Are Your Friends
September 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
In carpentry, the golden rule is, “measure twice and cut once.” Don’t think that just because you’re not building anything you can get away with cutting corners. Proper measurements are vital for choosing a sofa, bed, table or any other piece of furniture that will take up a considerable amount of space.
Your first measurement should be the room’s size. You don’t want to purchase furniture that overwhelms the room, and you also want to make sure that you have enough space around the furniture to move freely without stubbing a toe. If the room has other furniture, like couches or chairs, account for their size in your calculations.
Determine how much space you’re willing to sacrifice in order to make room for a new piece of furniture. For example, if you’re looking for compact seating, determine if a love seat (generally around 62”) is an ideal size or if a smaller seating option would be best. On the other hand, make sure the new piece you purchase isn’t too small for the area—you’ll want to find a balance between used space and open space. Have a minimum and maximum length, width and height in mind before browsing Cardi’s furniture stores in MA and RI.
Finally, when you head to furniture outlets in MA and RI to choose your new addition, take your tape measure with you. Check the length, width, depth and height of the displayed piece. And if the furniture is preassembled, don’t forget to measure your door frame as well—there’s nothing worse than arriving home and realizing your new piece of furniture won’t fit through any doorway.
Remember, if you have any doubts, measure and then measure again. Keep a detailed list of every measurement you can think of, because you might need one of them later. Don’t risk eyeballing such an important purchase. Pick up a pocket measuring tape at any major craft or home improvement store, and make sure that you get your sizes right the first time.
For tips on organizing your available space, check out HGTV’s tips here.