You will need:
- A few large pieces of plain paper (A4 will suffice)
- A pencil
- A tape measure
- A ruler
STEP 1: ROUGH SKETCH
Begin by making a rough sketch of the room you want to measure.
To do this, get a large piece of plain paper and, standing in the centre of the room, sketch out each wall as you see it. Imagine you are looking at the room from a bird’s eye view. This can be a simple line (it doesn’t even need to be straight or to any sort of scale at this stage). See example below. As well as drawing the walls you should also mark down any other architectural features in the room with their measurements. Use a curved line to signify the door swing and double lines for a window as shown below. These could include:
- Doors (and the direction they open)
- Any slopes or change ceiling height
- Built in features like wardrobes or shelves
- Chimney breasts
Your designer will also benefit from knowing the position of electrical and other points. These could include plug sockets, lights, light switches, radiators, A/C units, extractor fans etc. Please mark an approximate position for these on your sketch (don’t worry about measuring exact location). You can use a key to do this if easier as shown in the rough sketch and final example below.
STEP 2: ADD MEASUREMENTS
Arm yourself with a good tape measure and begin by measuring along the length of the first wall (it doesn’t matter which one you start with, just as long as you note the measurements all in the right place) from one side of the wall to the other. Please use millimetres and centimetres and round up to the nearest mm (you will want to use mm for the smaller areas such as doors and cm for the bigger areas such as the whole wall). Take down the measurement on the respective wall on your rough sketch. Repeat the process for each of the walls, measuring and making notes in the same way.
Next measure the distances of the other structural or fixed features marked in your sketch from the end of the wall that the feature sits within. This will enable your designer to accurately locate these elements on your final plan and design your room around them. When measuring windows and doors, please include the doorframes and any ledges or sills to windows when marking down your overall measurement. Doorways are particularly important if you’re planning to order larger items like a bed or a sofa – we want to make sure the delivery team can get them inside for you. See example below.
STEP 3: AN ELEVATED DRAWING
Ideally your designer also needs to see where any windows or doors sit within the walls. For example they will need to know the distance from the floor to the bottom of the window sill; from the ceiling to the top of the window or door frame, and the height of any windows or doors. You can do a very simple sketch to show this, as shown below.
Finally please measure the height of the ceiling. If the space has a sloped ceiling or varying heights please also mark these as best as you can and communicate this to your designer.
STEP 4: THE FINAL DRAWING & SOME TIPS
At this point your rough sketch may be covered in dimensions and notes scribbled down. If you want you can redraw the sketch so it is tidier. Just ensure that all the elements are as clear as possible by adding any notes or comments along the side.
As shown in the Step 2 drawing, it’s a good idea to mark the measurements in a different coloured pen to show where you are referring to dimensions and where you are referring to the walls, doors etc.
As long as the measurements are accurate as you can make them and you’ve included all the key features in your plan, you don’t need to worry too much about drawing to scale.
You’re now one step closer to your perfect room!