Most furniture pieces available in the market come in standard sizes. However, your space may not. That is why it is essential for all of us to learn about the measurements of every area in our homes and how to strategically place every item on it. Knowing the standard measurements of furniture can also help you in putting up your desired layout and design that would perfectly fit in your working area.
Apart from knowing the measurements of the furniture pieces and your living space, it is also important to familiarise yourself with the measurement of your entryways. Some houses may have narrow hallways and this might be a huge problem when renovating, especially some furniture pieces may not be brought in by parts. To ensure that your furniture can be brought in in one piece, take note of the height, width, and length of your hallway and door. Then, find out the dimensions of your chosen furniture. For sofas, measure its width and diagonal depth, then lay it against the measurements of your entryway. The width of the sofa must be less than the height of the door and length of the hallway, and the diagonal depth must be less than the door width. While you’re at it, be wary of the obstructions in the area.
Sure, you can seek help from your trusted builders and professionals, but that might be expensive especially when you are just working on a small renovation project. Better equip yourself with the basic knowledge in furniture measurements and save money and time on your next DIY renovation project!
In general, modern living room furniture such as contemporary sofas and end tables come in the same measurements regardless of their design and structure. There may be minimal differences between some items, but a rough estimate of their measurements can already be a great help for you to determine how many other furniture pieces can fit into your space. Moreover, it is essential that you leave enough free space for walking around these furniture pieces.
Single sofas can be considered as a staple item in most households. This variant can fit both small and wide living rooms. The average measurements of single sofas are approximately at 84 inches in length and 98 inches in width. For smaller spaces, the shorter variant with a length of 72 inches will be enough. For modest flats, a love seat can be a fitting choice which usually comes in 60 inches long. Just match it with an ottoman or single couch to still make it accommodating. Wider living rooms can choose between a sectional or curved sofa. Sectionals usually comprise of two single sofas that occupy a total length of 120 inches and a diagonal width of 84 inches, while a curved sofa measures a length of 132 inches.
When it comes to centre tables, you must first determine which shape suits your area. Round tables make it easier to move around, while squared ones provides more surface area. The usual surface length or radius range for centre tables is 42 inches to 72 inches. Just remember to keep a nice distance of at least 12 inches from your seating to give enough legroom for you and your guests.
OUR SOFA SIZES(TYPICAL WIDTH)
|Large||191 – 210cm|
|Medium||175 – 190cm|
|Small||up to 174cm|
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The first thing to consider when planning for on buying contemporary dining room furniture for your dining room is the layout and size. Determine the number of people that would usually stay in the area and then plan on the design thereafter. Knowing the basic measurements of funky dining chairs will help you a lot in your planning, especially in getting the perfect dining table for your area. The ideal measurement for a dining chair is 24 inches in width and 24 inches in depth. If you want to go for an upholstered dining seating, you can go as much as 26 inches by 26 inches, which would definitely demand for a wider table as well.
For a small household for four people, a square modern dining table with a minimum of 36 inches by 36 inches of surface area is recommended. The size of the table can provide ample legroom and distance when each chair is occupied. Square dining tables can also be used in wider dining areas with up to 8 seats to accommodate. The recommended dimensions for this variant ranges from 60 inches to 72 inches in surface area.
If you prefer to have a traditional set up for your dining area, a rectangular dining table should be your top choice. The standard dining table size with a width of 36 inches and length of at least 66 inches can accommodate 6 seats. If you have plans on throwing dinner parties frequently at your place, you should go for tables that extend up to 120 inches.
Round dining tables are also becoming a trend these days and is a better option for those who wants a more intimate setup. The smallest dimensions can measure to 24 inches in diameter, which can accommodate 4 to 5 seats. This variant is highly recommended for flats and breakfast nooks. On the other hand, a more formal setting that can accommodate more seats should measure at least 60 inches in diameter.
Before grabbing your tape measures, you first have to determine the things and appliances that you would like to store inside your kitchen cabinets. For kitchen storage units, you will have to take note of both the interior and exterior measurements. You will know how much cabinets should be installed once you’ve come up with a list of the things that will be stored, and on the other hand, the exterior measurements will determine the final look of these cabinets.
The standard height of base kitchen cabinets are usually around 890mm to 915mm tall and 600mm deep. Most kitchen appliances like freestanding ovens and dishwashers are measured to fit these measurements to achieve a seamless kitchen design. You also need to know that the standard measurements of a kitchen sink 76-95cm wide, 15-18cm high, and 44-50cm deep, because you could also make use of the extra space beneath to turn into a cabinet.
Unlike base cabinets, wall hung cabinets have a shallower depth and their height usually varies. The standard depth of wall cabinets is at 300mm, which seems enough for someone with a standard height to reach the end of the cabinet. The height ranges from 760mm to 990mm, and will depend on the height of your kitchen, as well as with the highest and farthest reach of the people working around the area.
To complete the layout, take note of the dimensions of your kitchen appliances as well. If you’re purchasing a new fridge or dishwasher, better ask the store assistants for the exact measurements. This will save you the trouble from making rough estimates which might end up inaccurate.
Bedrooms should ideally be comfortable whether you’re lying on the bed or walking around to get your stuff. Careful planning that involves knowing the type of bed that your contemporary bedroom space can totally accommodate, since it can be the biggest space occupier in the entire area.
In the UK, we recognise 6 standard sizes for bed types: small single bed, standard single bed, small double bed, standard double bed, king bed, and the queen bed. The small single bed measures 30 inches by 75 inches, just about 6 inches narrower than the standard single bed which measures 36 inches in width. This is most recommended for toddlers and pre-teens who can still move comfortably on that surface. Most bunk beds usually come in standard single bed sizes as well. Double beds are the most commonly used bed size in the UK. They come in the same length as single beds, but they are wider and can be used by teenagers. Small double beds have a width of 48 inches, while the standard ones have it at 54 inches. The king size bed measures a foot smaller than a queen size bed, having the dimensions of 60 inches by 78 inches and 71 inches by 78 inches, respectively. This is perfect for taller people to prevent their feet from hanging out the end of their beds.
To free up more space in the room, beds are either placed against the wall or at the corner, especially for smaller spaces. The same thing goes for the other furniture pieces usually found in a bedroom like a contemporary dressing tables, modern chest of drawers, and contemporary bedside tables. Also, try to keep the furniture pieces in your bedroom to a minimum as you would want to avoid clutter in your own personal space.
Bedside tables are an optional addition to a bedroom. Their widths may vary, depending on your available space, but its height should be your top consideration. Its height should be the same as your bed, as it will become difficult for you to reach for your things if your bedside table is a bit lower or higher than your bed. The most common dimensions are at 28 inches high, 20 inches deep, and 40 inches wide.
Chests and drawers also take up much space when not planned accordingly. One of the important things to ask yourself is if there are blank walls where you can place these furniture pieces. Standard depths range from 14 to 20 inches which is a great deal if you have a narrow space. Dressers are usually wide and stout, while chests can be as high as 60 inches, perfect for narrow spaces.
|Small single||W75 x L190|
|Single||W90 x L190|
|Small double||W120 x L190|
|Double||W135 x L190|
|Kingsize||W150 x L200|
|Super kingsize||W180 x L200|
|Super kingsize zipped and linked||W180 x L200|
To give a longer luster for your furniture, it is also essential that you equip yourselves with the proper care and maintenance procedures for them. Get to know the most effective ways in caring for every type of furniture surface that you have in your home below:
-Keep your furniture away from direct contact to fire and excessive heat. This might cause discolouration, burns, and can melt some materials too.
-Use furniture according to their purpose only. Do not sit on tables, counters, and shelves as these are not designed to carry much weight.
-Keep the surfaces dry at all times. Water build up may cause moulds and mildew, and may even weaken some spots for wood surfaces.
-Do not place liquids with strong chemical compositions like nail polish and remover, solvents, perfumes, and alcoholic drinks as these may affect the paint when contacted with your furniture.
-Coat your wooden and leather surfaces with a sealant to prevent water spills, coffee stains, permanent inks, and the likes from direct contact.
-When moving furniture, make sure that you are holding its frame to secure your grip. This will also ensure that you will be able to lift the item with your legs rather than your back which might be a health risk.
-Do not try moving a large piece of furniture by yourself. Exerting force on only one side of a heavy furniture may lead to damage and possible breakage.
-When transporting a big furniture, check first if you can re-assemble its parts for a more convenient option. This is applicable to tables, bookcases, and drawers.
-Most wooden surfaces should be dusted rather than cleaned. Avoid using strong detergents and bleaches to help maintain its natural finish.
-Use a damp cloth when cleaning off dust. Feather dusters might spread the dust around, while damp cloth can trap the dust in, leaving no trace on the surface.
-Use a soft screen placed on your furniture when vacuum cleaning your upholstery. Direct contact with the vacuum’s plastic or metal tips can leave scratches on the fabric when not done properly.
-Polish metal handles, brackets and hinges regularly.
-Seek help from professionals when dealing with furniture with special materials.