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Posted by Chaya Kurtz | G+ | Oct 17, 2010

Measure Before Design and Decoration

Knowledge is power when it's time to design or decorate your home. The best way to obtain information on rooms is to measure them yourself.

The use of each room begins with a furniture plan. Before we know what fits in a room we must first know the size of the room. Getting measurements of a room starts from the floor up.

Floor Plans include the walls that define the overall size of the room, room openings, door swings, window types, built-in cabinets, and room features such as niches, staircases and fireplaces.

Elevations show everything that is vertical including the ceiling height on each wall. Like floor plans elevations show room openings, doors, windows, built-in cabinets, room features such as niches, staircases and fireplaces, also their height and location on the walls. Elevations also include base and crown moldings, beams that touch the wall, tile, wainscot, paneling, wall mounted lighting, switches, vents and built in wall details.

Reflected Ceiling Plans show everything that you would see if you were lying on the floor and looking at the ceiling. Reflected ceiling plans include chandeliers, pendant fixtures, fans, recessed or track lighting and switches that control lighting. Reflected ceiling plans also include skylights, ceiling details, beams, vents, smoke detectors and things that are attached or near the ceiling.

Floor Plans, Elevations, and Reflected Ceiling Plans are the foundation for developing your design ideas. How rooms are used is a personal choice. Rooms should not be dictated by standard room names but by your activities, furnishings, and lifestyle.

A basic guide to measuring your space can be found at: instudio-sf.com.The Instudio Online tab will direct you to the easy to use “measuring a room” instructions and guide.

Happy measuring!

This article is by Samuel F. Lewis, and originally appeared on DivineCaroline.com.

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