Guide to Measuring Doorways & Rooms for Furniture Delivery
Buying new furniture is exciting, but ensuring it fits your space is crucial. Here's a comprehensive and friendly guide on how to measure doorways and rooms for furniture delivery.
1. Tape Measure (preferably a retractable one that measures at least 10 feet)
2. Use a Notepad and pen or a mobile device to record the measurements.
3. Helper (optional but useful for larger pieces)
Part 1: Measuring Your Furniture
Before we delve into measuring your space, you need to know the dimensions of your furniture. Usually, this information is readily available from the retailer, listed as height, width, and depth.
• Height: Measured from the floor to the highest point of the item.
• Width: Measured across the front of the item from left to right.
• Depth: Measured from the front of the item (the side that faces outward) to its back.
Part 2: Measuring Doorways and Entrances
You must ensure your furniture can pass through all doorways, entrances, or hallways leading to its intended spot. Measure the following:
1. Door Height and Width: Measure the height and width of your doorway. The width of your furniture should not exceed the width of your doorway. If the furniture is a few inches taller than the door, tilting it might help.
2. Door Frame: If your doorway has trim or molding, measure the width, including and excluding the trim, since it often protrudes more than the actual door frame.
3. Hallway Clearance: Measure the width and height of your hallways, especially if they are narrow or have low ceilings.
4. Staircases: If your furniture needs to go up or down stairs, measure the width of the staircase and the height from the staircase to the ceiling. Also, consider any turns or landings.
Part 3: Measuring Elevators and Corridors (if applicable)
For apartment dwellers, the furniture may need to fit in an elevator. Measure the height, width, and depth of the elevator’s interior. Also, measure the width of your building's corridors and any entryways.
Part 4: Measuring the Room
Measure the area where you plan to place the furniture. Consider not only the space for the furniture itself but also the area around it.
1. Room Dimensions: Measure the length and width of the room to get a general sense of the space.
2. Furniture Spot: Measure the area where you want to place your furniture. Ensure there's enough space to accommodate it.
3. Clearance: Consider the space needed to move around the furniture. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 36 inches of pathway space for walking.
4. Window or Radiator Considerations: If you place furniture near a window or radiator, consider whether this will impact the furniture or block heat or sunlight.
5. Wall Outlets: Consider the location of your outlets if the furniture requires power. You don’t want your outlets to be blocked.
• Consider the size of the delivery packaging: Furniture often comes in packages that add a few inches to its overall dimensions. Consider asking the retailer about the packaged dimensions.
• Use graph paper to sketch your room layout: This helps visualize where the furniture will go and how much space it will take.
• Take your time: Rushed measurements can lead to errors. Always double-check your measurements for accuracy.
• Consider disassembly: If a piece of furniture isn’t fitting, it might be possible to disassemble it. Check with the manufacturer or retailer if this is an option.
Remember, preparation is key when introducing new furniture to your home. By taking careful measurements, you can ensure a smooth delivery process and enjoy your new furniture without hassle.
Part 5: Standard Procedure If Furniture Doesn’t Fit
We understand how disheartening it can be when your eagerly awaited furniture arrives, only to find out it doesn't fit. While we strive to ensure you are well-equipped to avoid such circumstances, they sometimes occur. So, here's our friendly guide to our standard procedure/policy when faced with this situation.
1. Keep the Packaging Intact: If your furniture doesn't fit, we urge you not to discard or damage the packaging. Maintaining the item in its original packaging is often a requirement for returns or exchanges.
2. Reach Out to Us: Please contact us immediately. We are here to assist you in resolving the situation. Be ready with your order number and a brief description of the problem so that we can expedite the process.
3. Documentation: While it's not a requirement, taking pictures of the furniture in its intended spot, demonstrating why it doesn't fit, could be beneficial. It would help us understand your situation better and possibly guide you more effectively.
4. Exploring Alternatives: Depending on the situation, we might suggest alternatives. In some cases, disassembly could be a solution. We will guide you through this process or suggest a professional assist.
5. Understand Potential Costs: Please note that, as per our policy, customers may bear the cost of return shipping and any potential restocking fees. These fees vary, and we recommend you refer to our return policy provided at the time of purchase.
6. Arranging for Return: If returning the furniture becomes necessary, we will coordinate with you to arrange pickup or drop-off, as per our policy. Please ensure the furniture, ideally in its original packaging, is ready for collection when the pickup crew arrives to avoid delays or additional charges.
While it's unfortunate when new furniture doesn't fit, remember it's a hiccup and not a roadblock. We'll be there to assist you through the process, ensuring you have a positive experience despite the inconvenience.