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How To Measure Your Room

The first hurdle you may encounter at the beginning of your renovation is how to measure a room, if there are no architectural plans for their project. There are some details that are vital for a designer or supplier to be able to give you an accurate design or quotation.

Whether you are using our Online Design Service, or looking to call to a few showrooms to get a feel for what options are out there, you will generally want to bring the measurements of your space with you.

It may seem like a daunting prospect, but once you break it down into steps, it should be easy to manage.  Remember, this is just a guide to help the designer visualise the space, your tradesmen will always double check the measurements before building or fitting your new furniture, flooring etc.

SAMPLE PLAN OF KITCHEN MEASURMENTS

How To Get Started

This doesn’t have to be perfectly to scale. Draw in pencil so you can easily erase mistakes. It is more important to have the measurements right, than have straight lines in your sketch!

The longer the tape, the better, so you can measure the full width and length of the room.

Start by measuring the overall length and width of the room.

We will add in the smaller measurements afterwards. The smaller measurements will add up to the total width and length.

Measure the ceiling height and the height of coving or beams if necessary.

Note the width and height of anything you need to work around:

Windows: Width, height and height from the floor

Doors: Width and height

Switches and Sockets Locations

Light Fixtures (if staying in location)

Boilers, Vents and Radiators: Measure how far they are from one wall and how wide they are

For kitchens and bespoke furniture, the more information you can provide at the beginning, the more accurate your design will be and the quicker your project can progress, so it is worth taking the time to sketch out your layout.

You will need pencil, paper and measuring tape.  You don’t need graph paper, and you don’t have to worry about straight lines, or drawing your room to scale.  Once your sketch and measurements are readable, you are ready to start your project.

I also suggest taking pictures to show each angle of the room, and a video walk-though if looking to renovate multiple rooms. Not only will it highlight any quirks in the space, such as pillars and vents, it will also give an impression of the amount of light in the room.

Although the most crucial measurements are the walls and immovable objects in the direct location of your new units, it is better to measure the entire room, so your space can be clearly visualised and you may even discover new layout possibilities.

Why not try our step by step guide below and let us know how you get on?

If you would like to chat with us about creating your dream kitchen or home renovation, please do get in touch with us at info@musedesign.ie.

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Step 1
Sketch out your walls, leaving a gap for the locations of the windows and doors
Step 2
Add in your windows and the doors. Don't forget to show which way the door swings open as this can impact the flow of the space, so it is important to note
Step 3
Draw in the locations of any immovable objects, such as a chimney breast, pipe boxing or nib in the wall
Step 4
Label everything, including where each door leads to as this will help to work out the flow of the room and what doors are likely to have high traffic
Step 5
Start measuring each wall, the distance between the wall and the window, the width of the window etc. until you have measured the full room.
You can also take an overall measurement of the length x depth to easily calculate the square meterage for flooring. You can dot out the location of existing kitchen units if you want to keep the services in roughly the same locations
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Step 6
Draw an elevation of the walls that have a window or immovable object on it, so you can mark the height off the ground and your ceiling height
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