STEP 1: 

       Using a pen and un-lined white paper or graph paper, sketch the basic layout of the room. Don’t worry about drawing to scale.

STEP 2: 

       Using a tape measure, measure the entire length of each wall, corner to corner.   I prefer to do this around the middle of the wall height to get the most accurate       dimension.

STEP 3: 

       After the entire length of the walls have been measured and recorded, measure each wall in detail.

        •    Starting in the corner, measure the distance to the casing of the first window or doorway.

        •    Next, measure the width of the window/doorway (include casings).

        •    Proceed to measure all items on the length of the wall.  Items important to include are: doors, windows, built-ins, radiator, vents,  electrical outlets, sconces, etc.

        •    Continue to do this for all other walls.

STEP 4: 

       Once you have complete the detailed measurements, add up the detailed measurements on a calculator and make sure that they add up to your measurement of the entire length of the wall.  If the number is off by more than 1.5”, re-measure the length of the wall and details to find the error.

STEP 5: 

       Additional Measurements:

        •    Window Height: Both sill height from the floor to the bottom casing, and the length the of the head height from floor to top of casing.

        •    Door Heights to the top of casing and actual opening size

        •    Fireplace (if Applicable): Hearth length, width, and height

        •    Height of the ceiling: This includes locating any soffits. 

STEP 6: 

       Take note of all ceiling light fixtures and approximately indicate existing placement on your drawing.

STEP 7: 

       Label each wall North, East, South, and West so that when you send pictures of each wall, the files can be named accordingly to match.

STEP 8: 

       On a separate page, include sketch and dimension of any furniture or furnishings that you plan on keeping. Be sure to measure from the  widest/longest points.

STEP 9: 

       Upload the completed sketches into your Design Questionnaire.


Measurement Example