Today’s trend of over-sized furniture confuses a lot of shoppers because you are seeing the furniture in a huge showroom with high ceilings. The furniture looks normal in scale due to its surroundings, but when you get it home, it will look completely wrong with a normal scale house. It is critical to know what size furniture will fit best in your home.
Before you go shopping measure your room, then draw it out on paper. It doesn’t have to be artistic. Make it a rough sketch, but make it accurate, and write the dimensions on it, including the size of your doors, windows, etc., and the height of your ceiling. It is surprising what this exercise will reveal, and what you will learn about your space. Take photos of your room for reference. Take your drawings and your photos with you when you shop, as well as your tape measure, a sample of your paint color, and swatches of fabrics that need to coordinate. At the store, get dimension info or measure everything that you are considering. Draw it into your sketch. Make sure it fits.
If you’re still not sure, make notes, take photos of your selections, and go back home to take another look. Use masking tape on the floor to mark off where the furniture will be placed. Does the piece fit in the space? Can you get it through your doorways and halls that lead into the room? Can you walk around it? You need to allow about a 32”-36” aisle between furniture pieces or groupings for passage through the room, but you only need about 14”-18” of space between the sofa and the coffee table for easy reaching. Is the furniture placement comfortable or awkward? Does it suit the function of the room? Careful planning and doing your homework will prevent costly mistakes.