Buying new furniture is super exciting–but it can make for a headache if you don’t measure your space for furniture delivery first. Although it may seem like a no-brainer, measuring a space before buying furniture is frequently overlooked and one of the biggest mistakes we see our customers make.
We have put a helpful checklist together on how to measure your furniture to ensure a smooth delivery to your home.
Measure Your New Furniture
Carefully note the length, depth, height and diagonal measurements of your furniture. Be sure to measure from the widest point to the widest point. The diagonal is particularly important for larger items, like tall headboards, oversized sofas and chairs and queen one-piece foundations. These pieces are the most likely to cause delivery challenges.
For your convenience, we have published dimensions (height x width x depth) under the specifications and descriptions tab on every product page when you shop our site. If you have trouble visualizing the size of the piece in your space, one easy trick is to measure out the width and depth on the floor with masking tape or painter’s tape. You can also place a piece of tape on the wall to get an idea of height.
Measure Your Space
Sometimes it takes some maneuvering to get your new furniture in the room it’s destined for. Starting with the front door, measure the length, width, height and diagonal of the path your furniture will take.
Here’s what you need to take note of:
- Front Door: Note which way your door opens (in or out) and how far it opens. The available entry space may actually be smaller than the door dimensions.
- Hallway: Measure the height and width of the ceiling, doorways and archways. Large or heavy pieces are often tipped on their side. As such, the ceiling/doorway height must be taller than the diagonal measurement of the furniture. Also, use the diagonal to determine if a piece will fit around a corner.
- Stairs: Knowing the width and ceiling height of your staircase is important, especially if the staircase is turned. Also, be sure to consider the height of the railing in relation to the piece. Again, use the diagonal to determine if the furniture will fit up and around the turned stairs.
- Elevator: Elevators are great for deliveries if your new furniture fits inside. Measure the height, depth, width and diagonal of the elevator. Is there enough room for your new piece AND one of our delivery professionals?
Please bring your home measurements and ideas with you when you shop with us.