In order for me to get working on your e-Décor project, I need all the measurements of your space. Now, this is going to feel like a lot, but I’ve broken it down as straightforward as possible.
Tips before starting:
- Take all measurements in inches.
- Ask a friend to help you take measurements. One of you can record while the other measures.
- Graph paper makes it really easy to draw straight lines.
- Make sure there are no obstructions or obstacles that will throw your measurements off.
- Don’t worry about making any of these drawings perfect or to scale, but please make it legible!
Draw an outline of your room.
Step 2: Label your walls A, B, C and D.
Note: Cup of coffee recommended, but not required.
Step 3: Take photos using your camera or smartphone.
Using the labels on your room drawing as reference, take a photo of each wall (A, B, C and D), and use the letter labels when naming them, for example ‘A.jpg’. Get as far back as possible to get a clear shot of the entire wall, if two shots are needed them name them accordingly, like this ‘Aa.jpg and Ab.jpg’. Take photos of any architectural details that I should be aware of (when in doubt take a photo anyway!), or details on the ceiling you would like me to see.
Make sure your room is well lit by switching on all the lights and opening your curtains and blinds.
Step 4: Measure the length of each wall.
Start by running your tape measure along the floor next to the wall. Make sure the tape is flat on the floor and not running at an angle. Repeat this for each wall. Write the measurements down on your room drawing under each wall label.
Step 5: Measure the height of your room.
Anchor your measuring tape by running your tape from the floor up to the ceiling. Write down the height of your room in the middle of your room drawing and circle it.
Step 6: Draw an elevation of each wall, including doors and windows.
Ensure each elevation is labeled with the corresponding letter (A, B, C or D). Section off the areas you will need to measure in the next step (see drawing). If a wall doesn’t have any windows or doors, or other notable elements, no need to draw an elevation, simply note that it is simply a solid wall.
Step 7: Measure doors, windows and other architectural details.
Measure the size of each door and window (height and width). Note the measurements onto your wall elevation drawings. Also measure the wall space to the left and right and above and below each wall and window. The details really do matter!
Step 8: Add in door swings and windows to the aerial view.
Go back to your aerial drawing, and add the windows and doors. To indicate which way the door swings, draw a quarter circle (see image below). For windows, draw a narrow rectangle to indicate the position of the window on the corresponding wall. This gives me an idea of where light will be pouring in and how to position your furniture.
Step 9: Measure furniture to keep.
If you have any existing furniture your want to me to use in your room, I’ll need the measurements for these. The easiest way to do this is to send me a link to the item from where you purchased it, but if you don’t have those details than more measuring needs to be done.
Draw an aerial view of the piece. Measure the length and width and add this to your drawing, add the height beside the drawing and circle it. Don’t forget to take pictures of these as well.
Step 10. Send me all your hard work.
Ok, the final step, you can either scan the pages or take photos of each with your phone and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure that the resolution and quality is legible on my end.