Released On 18th Apr 2019
Measuring your room is a quick and simple process that can be done efficiently by anyone without the need for a joiner or fitter. For this task, all you need is a pen, piece of paper (or the welcome pack we have available in our showroom), and a measuring tape. A second pair of hands may come in useful.
We're going to show you an example of how to measure the room below, and what other things you may need to consider.
The first thing you may want to do is draw a rough sketch of the overall layout, as it will help when you write down the measurements later. We’ve drawn out a rough layout of the room to then add dimensions and details to as we go along.
Taking down dimensions - Doors
When measuring a door there are 2 different ways – for an external door we measure from wall to wall, as it is often set back from the rest of the wall. For an internal door, we measure from one side of the frame to the other. The external door is 1005mm wide, and the internal door is 930mm wide.
Taking down dimensions - Windows
When measuring a window, like an external door, we measure from wall to wall. The only other thing it may be worth checking is the window height, so we can ensure everything will fit underneath, particularly if you’re using an upstand. This particular window is 1200mm wide, and 1050mm from the floor.
Taking down dimensions - Ceiling height
When measuring the ceiling height, a door frame is your friend! You can measure the height of the frame from the ground, and then the distance from the top of the frame to the ceiling. This is often a lot easier than trying to measure from ceiling to floor in one go! So in this particular room the door frame is 1980mm, with another 120mm to the ceiling, giving us a total of 2100mm (1980+120).
Taking down dimensions - Walls
Measuring a wall is really simple. We’ve started with the corner that comes out into the room (by the external door). This comes out 255mm, and is 320mm wide.
If you find a wall is too long to measure easily, you can apply the same principle for measuring the ceiling height to the wall width, by splitting it up into easier sections against a fixed point to measure from either way (such as an electrical outlet). On the larger wall here, we’ve used this method to measure the wall in 2 sections (1300mm + 1470mm), giving us an overall measurement of 2740mm along this wall.
Taking down dimensions - Obstructions
From there we’ve completed all the dimensions of the room and added it to our original floorplan sketch. What we then need to consider are anything else in the room that we would like to highlight, such as where the plumbing currently is, the boiler, or any other obstructions that don’t want to be moved. In this particular room we have an electrical box in the corner. We will need to measure how far this comes out, and how wide it is (particularly in the case of a boiler to ensure we can house it within a unit. This particular box is 850mm high (including the switch below it), and 480mm wide (allowing for the larger electrical plug coming from the side).
Measured & Dimensioned Floorplan
Now that we’ve got our floorplan completed with all the dimensions we may need to consider. It may also be worth sending pictures of the room how it currently is (just like we've got at the top of this Blog post), as this can be very beneficial to your designer also!
If you do have an idea of how you may want the layout to be, you can also send this over for one of our design team to recreate for your within our software.
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