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How to measure correctly

Accurate furniture planning with the help of our expert advice

When it comes to made-to-measure furniture it goes without saying that it is extremely important to ensure your desired home or office space is measured precisely to ensure that your custom-made furniture piece can be installed correctly. Here we provide our expertise and knowledge so that you can successfully determine exact dimensions and pay attention to crucial details. If you have any further questions and concerns about measuring, our specialist furniture consultants are always on hand to offer assistance.


What would you like to measure? Choose your desired furniture piece!


1. Required tools

To be able to measure correctly, you need the following equipment:

  • Measuring tape or folding ruler
  • Pencil or another writing instrument
  • A printed hard copy of our measuring template

2. General measuring tips

Measure the desired space for your new furniture piece in several places and always use the smallest measured dimension.

If necessary, record the dimensions of your custom-made furniture piece in the space with masking tape to determine your required compartment heights, widths and depth. You are also welcome to send your design sketch so we can help with your planning.


 

Correctly measure your custom-made shelving

Free-standing shelving - for those who have more space

1. Check that there are no beams or other objects obstructing the installation location. Make sure you plan space for assembly.
2. Measure the height from at least two points so that height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
3. Choose the smallest measured dimension for your shelf. 
4. Sockets, light switches and other wall attachments must also be measured and taken into account in the planning.
5 . A freestanding structure is always possible.

Ceiling high shelving - for those who need more storage space

1. Check that there no beams or other objects obstructing the installation location.  
2. Plan a safe distance to the ceiling of 2-4 cm for installation.
3. Measure the height from at least two points so that height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
4.  To determine your shelf height,  select the smallest measured dimension and drag it to the minimum clearance. With a  material thickness of 2 cm, the installation distance to the ceiling is 3 cm. With a material thickness of 3 cm, the minimum distance is 4 cm (with a continuous top and bottom plate) or 2 cm (for a split panel). The shelf must be set up while standing. 

Niche shelving - for those who want a specific fit

1. Check that there are no beams or other objects obstructing the installation location.
2. For installation and with a material thickness of 2 cm, plan a  safe distance of 3 cm to the ceiling and 3 cm to the sides. With a material thickness of 3 cm, you need a clearance distance of 4 cm (with a continuous top and bottom plate) or 2 cm (for a split panel). A distance of 0.5 cm (without a rear wall) or 1.5 cm (with a rear wall) is required to the sides.
3. Measure the height from at least two points so that height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
4. Choose the smallest measured dimension for your shelf. Note that the shelf must be set up in an upright position.
5.
Sockets, light switches and other wall attachments must also be measured and taken into account in the planning.
6.   A neat gapless finish is possible with fascia strips and gives the impression of fitted shelving. 


 

Accurately measure your personalized wardrobes 

Freestanding cabinets - for those who have flexible space

1. Check that there are no beams or other objects obstructing the installation location. Make sure you plan space for assembly.
2. Measure the height from at least two points so that height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
3. Choose the smallest measured dimension for your closet. 
4. Sockets, light switches and other wall attachments must also be measured and taken into account in the planning.

Ceiling high cabinets - for those who need more space

1. Check that there are no beams or other objects obstructing the installation location.
2. Plan a safe clearance distance to the ceiling of 3 cm for installation and a distance of 10 cm with sliding doors.
3. Measure the height from at least two points so that height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
4. Choose the smallest measured dimension.
5. Sockets, light switches and other wall attachments must also be measured and taken into account in the planning.
6.  A neat gapless finish is possible with fascia strips and gives the impression of fitted wardrobes. 

Niche cabinets - for those who want specific storage space

1. Check that there are no beams or other objects obstructing the installation location.
2. Plan a safe distance to the ceiling of 3 cm for installation and a distance of 10 cm with sliding doors. Also, allow a clearance distance of 3 cm on each side.
3. Measure the height from at least two points so that height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
4. Choose the smallest measured dimension.
5.
Sockets, light switches and other wall attachments must also be measured and taken into account in the planning.
6.  A neat gapless finish is possible with fascia strips to give the impression of fitted wardrobes. 


 

Precise measuring tips for your tailor-made table

Table length - for a comfortable seating arrangement

With the length and width of the table, you should note that a person needs approx. 50-70 cm space to sit. 

Table height - to guarantee enough space for everyone 

The height of a typical dining table is 75 cm. You can adjust the height of the table according to the height of your chairs. We generally recommend a distance of 30 cm between the seat height and the table height. So if your chairs have a seat height of 45 cm, you should choose a table height of 75 cm. Coffee tables have a height of approx. 30-50 cm.

Narrow seating - for those who have limited space

Comfortable seating - for those who want more space


Expert support for furniture planning with success

We have designed our processes to make custom-made furniture creation as easy as possible for you. Our products and services offer the highest quality, so whether you have questions or would like to implement special requests, at Pickawood experienced interior designers and craftspeople will advise you quickly and free of charge. Feel free to contact us today!

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We make measuring easy to ensure your custom-made furniture piece fits precisely in your desired space. However, we offer a free consultation service to our customers should you require more help with your furniture planning.

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If you have any questions, an idea for a special furniture request, or simply want to find out more about our products and services, please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone or email. We are always happy to help and look forward to supporting you.

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