Mess-ups in interior design can cost time and money. Next time you decorate, decorate with precision. By knowing the proper measurements for placing furniture, cutting fabric, and painting your walls, you can save yourself the hassle of do-overs.
Follow this guide to getting your measurements right every time.
9 Must-Know Measurements for Decorating
1. Dining Room Table
When choosing a dining room table consider seating capacity. A 36-inch-wide rectangular table is perfect for conversation while a round table with a diameter of 48 inches seats six. While dining room tables can vary in size and shape, the height is typically consistent at 28- 30 inches. This is because it has to be high enough so that there is enough clearance space above the knees and not so high that it becomes uncomfortable to eat.
For the right sized hanging light fixture, first find the length and width of the room in feet. This number in inches is your guide for the chandelier’s diameter. For example, a 15-by-20-foot room would need a 35-inch-wide chandelier.
3. Paint Coverage
To purchase the right amount of paint remember one can of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall space. Depending on whether or not you paint with a primer, you may need more or less. Consult a professional for the best answer.
4. Curtain Height
Curtains should be mounted as high as possible to add the most height to a room. Then tailor them so that they break 1½ inches off the floor.
5. Kitchen Island
To make prepping more comfortable, a kitchen island should be about 38 inches high, just slightly taller than the kitchen countertops.
6. Window Treatment Width
For that proper pleated effect curtains should be 2½ to 3 times the width of the window. If you’re doing two panels, each should be 1¼ to 1½ times the window width. Curtain rods should be 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side. This will give the illusion that your window is larger than it really is.
7. Light Switches
36 inches above the floor and 1 ½ to 2 inches to the side of the door trim is where a standard light switch should be installed.
8. Fabric for a Sofa
A standard 84-inch sofa will need about 14 yards of 54-inch-wide fabric. An additional two yards will be needed for the skirt.
9. The Golden Ratio
From classical times to today, the golden ratio (1 to 1.62) has been believed to be the perfect ratio. Many artists and architects believe the Golden Ratio makes the most pleasing and beautiful shape. It is used in many places from table tops to painting frames.