A little preparation can save you disappointment and frustration when choosing
your next furniture piece. Unfortunately,
most bulky good retailers cannot offer refunds for items that don’t fit as the
item becomes ‘second hand’ the minute it is unwrapped and delivered. We therefore provide the below helpful advice
to ensure you select your next furniture piece correctly.
Not measuring your home properly is probably the biggest mistake customers make when they shop for new
furniture. This commonly results in issues for the customer while picking
out their new furniture, and also upon arrival when their new furniture is
Do yourself a favour and save the headache by following these – 8
Useful Tips to Measure Your Space!
Tip #1 – MEASURE BEFORE YOU SHOP
When shopping for furniture, it is a good idea to bring with you a
list of measurements. What should these measurements include? Here is a list of
the most important measurements that you should have with you:
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT –
These are the most basic dimensions of the space you will be furnishing.
DOORS, HALLWAYS, STAIRCASES –
Know the sizes of the openings that the furniture will be going through.
CEILINGS – Covering
the height measurement above, don’t forget about things hanging from the
ceiling like chandeliers or ceiling fans.
TELEVISION SIZE – Understand
actual size vs. the purchased size of your TV.
BED SIZE – Can your
space allow a king or queen, or perhaps a double? Sometimes what CAN fit,
is different to what is most functional and attractive. Have a solid
understanding of the size you are after.
WINDOWS & POWER OUTLETS –
Know where these are within the room, you don’t want your new furniture to
block the only available window!
This should be your very first step… Write your measurements down
and ensure you bring them in with you when you shop for furniture as your first
Tip #2 – DOORWAYS, HALLWAYS, & STAIRCASES
If you have opted for delivery, the first thing our drivers do when they
arrive at a customer’s home is take a look at where the furniture has to travel
to reach its final destination. They do this to determine where the “tight
spots” are going to be while carrying the heavy items. Just because a piece of
furniture will fit into the space you measured for, doesn’t mean it’s
guaranteed to make it there.
Consider all of the “tight spots” in your home, and know how much space
you have. You’d be surprised how often that perfect piece of furniture
that you’re so excited to put in that perfect spot, never gets the opportunity
to shine where it belongs.
The most common “tight spots” are DOORS, HALLS, and STAIRS. These
spots can make it impossible to reach the desired room. As an example, consider
a spiral staircase with a small landing. Would you want to navigate
a large sofa through this obstacle course?
HINT: Remember to measure light fixtures and
ceiling fans. They are often forgotten, which can result in easily avoided
damages that end up costing you even more money.
Tip #3 – SIZE MATTERS: MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE
Sometimes customers make the mistake of purchasing the largest item that
can fit into the space required. Example
– you have just moved into a larger dining space so are excited to go purchase your
beautiful large dining suite. However,
once it is delivered, and all the chairs are in place and used – you realise the
available space around your magnificent new table is greatly compromised. Not only visually but functionally also. Ensure when you measure your space – that you
take into consideration bodies sitting in those seats, not just seats pushed in
under a dining table.
Don’t ever forget how important comfort is. If you want to design a
whole room, make a plan and consider all the factors. It’s all about maximizing your space. You
want it to look good, have the space make sense, and lastly be comfortable.
Tip #4 – THE SKY’S THE LIMIT…except when there
The biggest mistake customers make when they are pre-measuring is to forget
about ceiling height.
Our drivers complete hundreds of deliveries daily. The biggest issue they
encounter with furniture being difficult to deliver is the inability to place
items in the desired space because of height issues. Ceiling height can
restrict where your new item ends up so ensure you give this consideration when
selecting your new piece.
Ceiling height also needs to be considered on certain pieces like buffets,
tallboys and bookcases – although most of our pieces wont reach ceiling heights,
is there enough room above to achieve the look you were after? Consider how much space you want above your
piece because you will have your furniture for a long time – you want to ensure
you achieve exactly the aesthetic you were after.
Tip #5 – TELEVISIONS & ENTERTAINMENT UNITS
Television manufacturers measure televisions diagonally. So when it says
that your television is 48 inches, that is the size of the screen from corner
to corner. That does not include the casing that the screen is enclosed in. The
edges of the television could give you an extra 15cms or more. To make sure the
television will fit in the desired space, measure from the outside edges
Width and Height. That would give you the exact size you would need to fit
your TV comfortably.
Another important measurement is height. If you have a really low sofa
and your TV stand is mounted really high, it might leave a kink in your neck or
be uncomfortable for use. A good guide is to have your television somewhere
around eye-level while in the sitting position.
Tip #6 – POWER OUTLETS AND WINDOWS
Each room has multiple outlets, yet we can still find ourselves just out
of reach when we move furniture around. When determining where you would like
to place your furniture, don’t forget to factor in all of the electronics you
will be plugging in.
Always plan around your outlets and make sure your maintaining a safe
environment. Be mindful of safety, especially when there are children
around the house.
Ensure you also give consideration to windows, doors and mantlepieces
etc. Sometimes we don’t think about it
when measuring, but you don’t want to block windows or have the door swing
space interfering with the placement of your furniture.
Tip #7 – TOPPLING FURNITURE SAFETY
Due to an unfortunate increase of toppling
related injuries in the family home, recently safety initiatives were implemented. These initiatives mean any furniture that
falls into topple risk categories, MUST be fitted with anchor kits and meet appropriate
standards of safety and compliance.
We are committed to ensure this safety measure
is adhered to by all customers so you must consider this when deciding where
your item might be placed in your homes.
For all topple risk items, anchor kits must be fitted to your
walls. Consider the materials and
fixings around your home and where might be the best place for your item given
this requirement. Full details of how to
fix your anchors can be found here: https://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-1u1m3wn/content/fof-tallboy-tipover-safety-guide.pdf
alternatively our staff are well educated in this area and will gladly talk you
through the process.
Tip #8 – MARK OUT YOUR SPACE
At the end of the day, you can follow all the
advice above and still feel – it just isn’t the right shape or fit that you had
in mind. The best way to ensure you are
hundred percent happy with your choice is to mark it out. You can do this with masking tape, or blue tac
– or just simply place cushions where your piece will remain. This gives you an idea of exactly how your
piece will finish when set up in your home.
Sit on the space where you have market out. Can you get your feet up if required? Can you walk around the outside of your
marked space easily? Sure it might fit –
but is there enough breathing room around the piece? Again we make mention – it might fit space
wise, but there is nothing more common than a reasonable space being made to
seem small and tight because of oversized furniture selection. Of course it needs to fit – but they whole
room must look the way you hoped, and it must function the way it should.
Of course the above tips will never be one
hundred percent fool proof, however some small preparation and research done
early may assist in avoiding headaches in the future. We want to make sure you avoid those mistakes and
ensure you love every part of your new furniture selection!