By Debbe Daley
One of the first steps in redecorating or redesigning a room is to collect ideas. It's nice to flip through magazines for inspiration and to note all the beautiful furniture, fabrics, rugs and accessories that go with a particular room design. What is more beneficial is knowing if the décor items will fit into the space you are looking to transform.
Planning ahead is the most important part of gathering items for a newly redesigned space. One way to make sure furniture will fit is to measure your room. Measuring is crucial and not only for the interior of the room, but also measuring the size of doorways that the furniture needs to fit through.
Is there a single entry door that is too narrow for the piece of furniture to fit through? Is there a staircase that turns and the furniture may be too wide to fit up the stairwell? Also, is the piece too tall to clear the ceiling height of the stairwell? All of these questions should be answered before purchasing furniture.
Another key piece of the room design is to note where the air intake and heating vents or radiators are located. Blocking these areas could prevent sufficient air flow or heat to the room, creating a fire hazard.
Height of the furniture pieces is also another factor. Have you ever seen the back of a sofa extending above the window frame into the window? The height of the sofa is too tall for that space and should be placed on a full wall without windows. There are exceptions to the rule in this case.
In newer construction, the window lengths are longer than usual. This creates an issue with adding furnishings but can also be resolved with creative furniture placement through end tables and lighting. Also the largest television one can purchase may seem to be a great design piece for the room, but it should not be seen extending into the room's window space.
Creating a simple floor plan by drawing the room and measuring all wall spaces, windows, fireplaces, heating elements and door openings will provide a more accurate furniture size purchase plan.
Planning your redecorating project ahead of time will eliminate any after-purchase headaches.
- * Measure the room's interior space
- * Measure window and door openings
- * Measure structural features such as fireplace openings
- * Measure stairwell openings, width and height
- * Note sizes of desired furniture purchases to create a to-scale floor plan
Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs and R.A.W. Furniture, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience. Follow her blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/daleydesignsllc.blogspot.com. daleydecor. She also blogs at debbe