How to Measure a Room
By Adriele Graham
May 22, 2020
Does your room lack functionality or is it completely empty? Before you re-arrange or bring heavy furniture in, a good place to start is with a floor plan. To create a floor plan you’ll need to measure the room first. Measuring a room isn’t as intimidating as you think and with these steps, I promise you can get it done! First, you’ll need to gather your supplies; pencil, paper, measuring tape, and a helper if one is available.
Look around to observe all the details in the room then sketch a simple outline of the room, placing windows and doors in their approximate locations using the indicated symbol for them. If you have any unique wall bump-outs, built-ins, or fireplaces just try to capture their basic shapes in your outline. In another area of your paper write a list of some useful heights to capture (window sill height from floor, door height, ceiling height, window trim width, door trim width, baseboard height).
Use dimension lines to capture every measurement you will need to take. Large uninterrupted walls are the most straightforward to start with, then move on to all the incremented walls. If you have a window on a wall for example, you will need to capture the length of wall to the left of the window, the width of the window, and the length of wall to the right of the window.
Time to pull out that measuring tape and get started! Start at one corner of the room and work your way around the room clockwise capturing each measurement you’ve already called out. Measure in inches rather than feet and round to the 1/4″ inch. When you reach doorways or windows measure to the inside of the frame not the trim. Note any outlets or light switches roughly on your plan using the appropriate symbol. Measure the heights of anything you called out (windowsill height from floor, door height, ceiling height, window trim width, door trim width, baseboard height). If there is any furniture you would like to utilize, list them out and measure their width, depth, and height.
Take an image of the room from every corner, then take an image of the ceiling. If you measured any furniture pieces, go ahead and snap a pic of those as well. There is often a detail you are trying to wrap your head around later and a picture will be more convenient to reference. Images are also useful in referencing those outlets and switch locations later.
These are the general steps we take to measure most rooms at House Meraki, but keep in mind that these directions are for creating things like furniture floor plans for a single room. Plans for things like multi-rooms, built-ins, and kitchens will need more in depth measuring.
Now that you have your measurements you can create a scaled plan (Steps for that to follow soon in another post). Once you have your scaled plan, the fun part really happens….the furniture plan!