How to measure correctly

On this page we explain to you what you should pay attention to when measuring, so that you can exactly determine the dimensions of your individual piece of furniture. If you have any further questions about measuring, please do not hesitate to contact our furnishing consultants.


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1. Required aids

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

  • Measuring tape or folding rule
  • Pencil or other writing instrument
  • Printed out allowance template

2. General tips

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

If necessary, record your piece of furniture to decide which compartment heights and widths you require. You can also send us a picture or sketch.


 

Measuring shelves correctly to measure

Freestanding - For all who have more space

1. Check that no beams or other objects interfere with the installation location. Be sure to allow space for installation.
2. If you measure the height at a minimum of two points, height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
3. Select the smallest measured dimension for your storage.
4. Sockets, light switches and other attachments to the wall must also be dimensioned and taken into account during planning. 
5. It is always possible to build a horizontal or vertical structure.

Ceiling high - For those who need more storage space

1. Check that no beams or other objects interfere with the installation location.
2. For installation, plan a safety distance of 3 cm from the ceiling.
3. If you measure the height at a minimum of two points, height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
4. Select the smallest measured size and subtract 3 cm from it to determine the height for your shelf. The shelf MUST be erected while standing.
5. Please note: Shelves without bases and shelves with continuous top and bottom plates require more space during assembly. Therefore a distance of 5 cm to the ceiling and to the sides must be planned.
6. Harmonic termination possible with dazzling strips. 

Niche - For all who want it exactly

1. Check that no beams or other objects interfere with the installation location.
2. For installation, plan a safety distance of 3 cm to the ceiling, to the right and to the left.
3. If you measure the height at a minimum of three points, height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
4. Select the smallest measured dimension for your shelf. Note that the shelf must be set up vertically.
5. Sockets, light switches and other attachments to the wall must also be dimensioned and taken into account during planning.
6. Harmonic termination possible with dazzling strips. 


 

Measuring cabinets correctly to measure

Freestanding - For those who don't need much

1. Check that no beams or other objects interfere with the installation location. Be sure to allow space for installation.
2. If you measure the height at a minimum of two points, height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
3. Select the least measured dimension for your cabinet. 
4. Sockets, light switches and other attachments to the wall must also be dimensioned and taken into account during planning.

Ceiling high - For those who need more space

1. Check that no beams or other objects interfere with the installation location.
2. For installation, plan a safety distance of 3 cm from the ceiling and 10 cm with sliding doors.
3. If you measure the height at a minimum of two points, height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
4. Select the least measured dimension
5. Sockets, light switches and other attachments to the wall must also be dimensioned and taken into account during planning.
6. Harmonic termination possible with dazzling strips. 

Niche - For those who want more storage space

1. Check that no beams or other objects interfere with the installation location.
2. For installation, plan a safety distance of 3 cm from the ceiling with sliding doors of 10 cm. 3 cm must be planned to the right and left.
3. If you measure the height at a minimum of three points, height differences in the ground can be recorded or excluded. 
4. Select the least measured dimension
5. Sockets, light switches and other attachments to the wall must also be dimensioned and taken into account during planning.
6. Harmonic termination possible with dazzling strips. 


 

Tips for our tailor-made tables

Table length - for a comfortable sitting together

With the length and width of the table you should note that a person needs approx. 50-70 cm space to sit. Also make sure that the strength of the legs reduces the size of the seat.

Table height - So that everyone has enough space

The height of a typical dining table is 75 cm. You can adjust the height of the table according to the height of the chair. 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 do not have so much space

Comfortable seating - For those who want more space


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Whether you have questions or special requests, at Pickawood experienced interior designers will advise you quickly and free of charge. Feel free to contact us!

Measure correctly

No matter whether you place your wardrobe in a niche or against a wall, with our template you will be able to make the correct measurements by yourself.

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