Room Measurement Guidance

Having trouble and not sure how to measure your space properly? No worries, we can help you draw a basic floor plan. We'll do it in steps to help you to get it right. Before we start with this process - there are few things that you will need in order to get started.

What you need to measure your space:

  • 8 x 11 white paper

  • Measuring Tape

  • Black Pen

  • Ruler or any ruler like object to help you to draw straight

  • If your space is large, you will need a second person to help you

Wait! What about these cool apps that will take measurements for you? Unfortunately, I have tested all the popular measuring apps and found them inaccurate. While programmers work on advancing measuring app technology, we'll stick with the good old fashioned measuring tape for now.

If you feel that you can't draw well, don't worry! There are tools to help you draft a simple floor plan; websites like Icovia or Home Styler.  You will still need to do the measuring yourself however!


Step 1: Drawing the floor plan

When you are drawing the floor plan - please include all doors, windows, and doorways. We will discuss measuring these later in the tutorial. You can see how a basic floor plan drawing should look like below here.

Step 2: Overall measurements

It is important to do the overall measurement, outer dimensions, of the space first because it will help to ensure you measure everything else correctly. Below is an example of what overall measurements look like. You can write either all in inches or feet/inches or even metric is fine if that's your preference.  Notice that walls have depth, so while my markings are on the outside of the room, I've taken the measurements of inside the room.

Step 3: Measuring the details

Measure the doors, windows, and doorway. Please note that you don't include door or window frames - only measure from where the actual window (glass) and door begins and ends. You can see the examples below. Please double check to make sure these measurements are correct by add up all detailed measurements on each wall to make sure the number is equal to the overall measurement. If it doesn't add up right which means you probably measured something wrong. This double checking helps to make sure all your measurements add up. 

Once you're done with your floor plan drawing, including measurements - use either your smartphone or tablet to snap a picture of it so you can send it to us to get started with your project.  If you have some other details of your space such as stairs, bay windows, curved walls, niches, etc., we'll work with you on how to get the proper measurements of those as they are a bit tricky.