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How to Measure Furniture

Tips on selecting the right furniture for your home, and ensuring a smooth delivery.

Step 1 - Choose the right furniture for your space.

Start by using masking tape to mark out the area on your floor where your furniture will sit. This will help you to visualize how much space each piece will take up, how much space you have left, traffic areas, and even help determine sizing for rugs. You can do the same on the wall to space out the height of each piece. You can also use our great tool The Make Room to help
plan your space!

Step 2 - How to measure furniture to ensure a smooth delivery.

It is your responsibility to ensure the furniture you select will fit in your space as well as through the necessary path to get there. Measure the path your furniture will take from the time it leaves the delivery truck to when it arrives in its final destination. Be sure to measure the width and height of all entryways ( A and B ) , as well as clearances beyond doorways ( C ). Please be mindful of obstacles such as light fixtures, ceiling heights, banisters and turns.



How to measure furniture:

1) Measure the depth of the piece ( D ) and the height ( H ) and check that at least one of these is less than the width ( A ) of your doorway to ensure it will fit through. See diagram below.

2) It is also very important to measure the diagonal length of the piece from top left corner to bottom right corner on the back (DI). Please note: If you don’t have the ability to measure the furniture please follow the instructions on how to calculate the diagonal length of furniture below.


3) To ensure the piece is maneuverable through these obstacles, the diagonal length ( DI ) of the piece must be less than ( B ) or ( C ) or both to fit through.

The DI must be at least one these:

  • less than the height ( B ) of your doorway, elevator, entrance or the ceiling height of stair landing or hallway
  • less than your clearance ( C ) beyond doorways, inside your elevator, in entrances
    or stair landings

If you don’t have access to the physical furniture and you need to get the diagonal measurements please follow these steps:

How to calculate the diagonal length of furniture: