Will My Furniture Fit?

measuring your room for your wants and needs isn't tricky. But you'd better plan!When planning your home decor, it is vitally important to understand your space needs. You have to ask, will my furniture fit?  Will it fit through the door? And for renters: Will it fit in the elevator? Do you have enough clearance to open any door in the room? Can you walk from one side of the room to the other without climbing over the furniture (or under it)? Here are some rules to keep in mind when you plan your room update:

1. Living Room – Keep in mind that for good conversational and traffic flow, keep at least 4-10 feet between sofa and chairs. Place your coffee table between 14-18 inches from the sofa (although I would only place it at 18 inches if you have lonnnnng arms!).

2. Family Room – To the above rules about sofa and chair placement, add the viewing area needed for a television. To view a 30 inch TV screen, the sofa or chair should be at least 90 inches away (but not so far that you have to change your glasses prescription to view!). To create an easy flow in any room, there should be traffic lanes which are at least three feet wide (and for certain members of my family – four!).

3. Dining Room – A seated adult at a round or square table usually occupies a depth of about 20 inches with at least 12-16 inches more to pull back a chair. Rectangular tables need at least 24 inches per person and about 32-36 inches clearance between table and walls (see above comment about certain members of my family. . . and maybe yours!). On the serving side, the table to wall distance should be at least 44 inches.

4. Bedroom – For maximum comfort, the distance from the bed to the wall should be at least 24 inches. After all, you have to have room to make the bed up! To allow any door to open easily, there should be 36 inches between the bed and the door.

Knowing how much space you really need in a room can make planning your space much easier. Be sure to measure your room height and length, the size of windows and check to see of your room is “true” or square before you place your furniture. Doing so will help avert a potential disaster like buying a king-sized bed for a queen-sized room!

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