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Will it Fit? How to Measure Your Space When You’re Moving Furniture

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Whether you love scouring flea and antique markets or can’t hit delete on those furniture daily deal emails, there are lots of reasons why that magical furniture unicorn just can’t be passed up. Why just this weekend I fell in love with a gorgeous new dining table. I wasn’t looking for a new table at all, but I  simply couldn’t say no. It was an unusual set of circumstances and over the course of two days we needed to move the current table out and welcome the new beauty in.

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But while the ultimate deal or spectacular find may be hard to pass up, it’s a great idea to keep some measurements on hand to ensure the piece will actually fit into your home. Not in your room, but across the threshold or up the dang stairs.  All too often we’ve heard from clients who were swept away by a piece without realizing that though their great room has soaring ceilings and room to spare, navigating the entry way, the low hanging the lighting and the character-filled pillar means that new armoire ain’t making it in.

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Likewise large dining tables, king size mattresses, sectional sofas and entertainment units are those pieces that are constant troublemakers for movers. So we advise you to keep measurements on hand of key locations in and around your home to ensure pieces will actually fit through your door and into your room of choice. 

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With older buildings and homes especially, it’s easy to get caught up in the expanse of your room and forget about the narrow hallways, the turn in the stairs, the weirdly small doorway. With condos and lofts too, you have to remember to take into consideration the clearance from elevator to opposite wall both in the lobby and on your floor. Be sure to check condo and city by-laws around deliveries that may be another obstacle to getting your piece delivered. From exceptionally narrow streets that can’t accommodate 18-wheelers, to time-of-day restrictions for delivery trucks, it’s worth crossing all your Ts. Not doing so can be costly.

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And while you’re at the market or on the site, be sure to figure out if the piece disassembles for delivery. If it does, get the measurement for the biggest pieces. If spatial relations isn’t your strong suit, have your measurements on hand for both the piece and your home and give these to the delivery service to work out.

Here’s a Measuring Guide to Get you Started

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  1. EXTERIOR FRONT DOORWAY HEIGHT
  2. EXTERIOR FRONT DOORWAY WIDTH AND CLEARANCE TO OPPOSITE WALL
  3. STAIRCASE WIDTH
  4. STAIRCASE CORNER WIDTH AND CLEARANCE TO OPPOSITE WALL IF THERE’S A BEND. ALSO NOTE LEADED WINDOWS OR WINDOW SILLS THAT COULD BE DAMAGED OR OTHERWISE POSE AN EXTRA OBSTACLE.
  5. HEIGHT TO LOW-HANGING LIGHT FIXTURES
  6. INTERIOR DOORWAY WIDTH AND CLEARANCE TO OPPOSITE WALL
  7. INTERIOR DOORWAY HEIGHT
  8. STAIRWAY OVERHANG, BEAMS OR LIGHT FIXTURE CLEARANCE

* Remember to ensure a large delivery truck can fit down your street and into your driveway. Ask for these measurements before delivery.

**Remember to also measure the stairwell leading up to your unit or the height, width and opposite wall clearance of your elevator, lobby and landing floor.

Happy hunting! May you find deals and treasures that will make your house the perfect a home!

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