Measuring for delivery
Measuring your space for your couches and delivery
We want your furniture delivery to be an easy and delightful experience. Measuring your space prior to selecting your new furniture will make delivery day hassle-free. This guide provides easy steps to measure your house or apartment before you make your furniture purchase.
1. Consider the size of the space. A small sofa fits a small space and large sofa fits a large space. Though this concept seems simple, both design trends and your love of a particular piece sometimes favour cramming large sofas into small spaces. Unfortunately, this never looks or feels right. The opposite is also true, with small sofas getting lost in large lofts and living spaces.
2. Look at the other furniture in the room. A large sofa looks out of place with small chairs and end tables and vice versa. Don’t group a large, overstuffed sofa with small, basic chairs. Keep the sofa to scale with the other furniture.
3. Stick to the general spacing rules for all of the furniture in the room, including the sofa. When you are finished with the room, there should be a 45cm allowance between the sofa and the coffee table. There should be between 10cm to 25cm of space between seating so that everyone in the room can converse without yelling or feeling like they are crowded. Additionally, the television and sofa should be about 2 m apart. Your sofa and other furniture should all fit in the room while accommodating these measurements.
4. Measure the sofa and mark out where it will go in your room with masking tape before you buy it to make sure it will really fit the space. This is especially important for sectionals, which are often oversized and can inspire buyer’s remorse. Measure the width of your front door, as well, to be sure you can get your new favourite piece into the house -- don't forget stairwells and passages if you're in a flat or townhouse, or the sofa is going in a room that doesn't have an exterior door.
Although style is important, never sacrifice comfort. Even if you have a small space, a little couch may not work for you if you are 6 feet tall. It may be better to have less furniture in the room than a lot of small furniture in that case.
For your convenience, we have published dimensions (height x width x depth) under Specifications on every product page when you shop through our website. If you have trouble visualizing the size of the piece in your space, one easy trick is to measure out the width and depth on the floor with masking tape or painter tape. You can also place a piece of tape on the wall to get an idea of height. If you’re measuring a sofa, make sure you also record the diagonal depth, which will determine if the piece can be brought through tighter entryways at an angle.
Measure from the inside of your doorjambs, making sure to note how wide your doors can open. You should also measure the amount of space from the doorway to the nearest opposite wall in the hallway. Be sure to take your doorknobs into consideration when measuring. If the doors can be removed prior to delivery, consider this option as it will result in more space being available to manoeuvre furniture and prevent possible damage.
Measure the width of your stairway, taking account of handrails or posts. Your measurements should include the height from the top and bottom steps to the ceiling. Temporarily removing the handrail may be necessary to give you more room. If your stairwell has a landing, make sure your furniture can fit on and around the landing, both width and height.
Be sure that your passages have enough room to accommodate your furniture, particularly if there are any twists or turns before reaching your final destination. In the passage, measure the height, width and depth, making sure the shortest measurement of your furniture is less than the width of the passage.
4. Remove Obstacles
Obstacles including low-hanging ceiling lamps or fans should be removed prior to delivery. You should also take into account any features in your home that cannot be removed such as breakable decorations, stairway banisters and angled ceilings or walls. The path to where your furniture will be placed should be clear, so you may need to temporarily move existing furniture pieces such as a console table or floor lamp. Also note that area rugs should be moved to prevent trips or slips.
5. Outside Area
Don't forget to measure your exterior entry areas to make sure your new furniture will fit. Take note of your gate, porch and flower beds. If you live in an apartment building, the lobby and all paths to your apartment or loft should be measured.
If you live in a building with a lift, you should measure the interior of the lift and well as the door openings. Take diagonal measurements from the bottom of the doors to the back upper corner of the lift. If your building has a service lift, you should ask your building manager for permission to use this lift for your furniture delivery as service lifts are generally larger than lifts for general use.