HOW TO MEASURE A ROOM FOR A SOFA
As with all primary furniture purchases, measuring is imperative. For a sofa purchase, it's essential that you measure room/space, sofa dimensions, and the access points in your house: doors, hallways, stairwell. The following is a basic guide to accurate measuring prior to making a purchase.
MEASURE YOUR ROOM OR SPACE FIRST
It may be tempting to just eyeball your room's size, but don't be fooled by your eye. Get out that measuring tape and write down the fundamentals: width, length, and height of the room. The length and width of your room is obvious, but the height of your ceiling also plays a roll in achieving the right proportion of furniture for the space. Once the basic dimensions are arrived at, hone in on the area of the room where you plan to place your sofa. Consider the other pieces of furniture that will be occupying the same general area, and arrive at the length, height, and sofa depth that the space will comfortably accommodate.
MEASURE HALLWAYS, DOORS, STAIRS
Nothing will be more frustrating than finding your perfect sofa, only to discover that an access point—front door, stairwell, hallway—are too small to accommodate it. Avoid this common mistake and measure all the areas through which your sofa will need to travel upon arrival. Use a measuring tape, and measure the height, length or width of any hallways and doors, entryway to house or apartment building, as well as elevator height and width. Be sure to take note of any other obstacles, like banisters, ceiling fixtures, or wall protrusions, that may also present problems when moving furniture in and out.
MATCH SOFA DIMENSIONS TO ROOM SIZE
Once you've measured you room and entry access points, you can more accurately gauge your desired sofa against the dimensions your space.The length and depth of your sofa (sans removable cushions) should safely clear the width of any hallway or door through which the sofa will travel. If the sofa is delivered via elevator, the sofa's length (height, if turned vertically), should safely clear the height of a elevator's ceiling. Note that to measure the diagonal depth of the sofa, place a straight edge from the highest point of the back frame (without cushions) to the front of the sofa arm. Then, using your measuring tape, measure from the bottom rear corner of the sofa up to the point that bisects the straight edge.