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Measuring Space

How Much Room Do You Really Need?

by Pamela Cole Harris

When planning your
home décor, it is vitally important to understand your
space needs.

Do you have enough room to open any doors?

Can you walk from
one side of the room to the other without climbing over the furniture?


are some rules to keep in mind when you plan your room update:

1. Living Room – Keep in mind that for good conversational and
traffic flow, keep at least 4-10 feet between sofa and chairs.

Place your
coffee table between 14-18 inches from the sofa (although I would only use
18 inches if you have loooonng arms!).

2. Family Room – To the above rules about sofa and chair placement,
add the viewing area needed for a television. To view a 30 inch TV screen,
the sofa or chair should be at least 90 inches away (but not so far that you
have to change your glasses prescription to view!).

To create an easy flow
in any room, there should be traffic lanes which are at least three feet

3. Dining Room – A seated adult at a round or square table usually
occupies a depth of about 20 inches with at least 12-16 inches more to pull
back a chair.

Rectangular tables

need at least 24 inches per person and about 32-36 inches clearance between
table and walls. On the serving side, the table to wall distance should be
at least 44 inches.

4. Bedroom – For maximum comfort, the distance from the bed to the
wall should be at least 24 inches.

To allow any door to open easily, there
should be 36 inches between the bed and the door.

Knowing how much space you really need in a room can make planning your
space much easier. Be sure to measure your room height and length, the size
of windows and check to see of your room is “true” or square
before you place your furniture. Doing so will help avert a potential
disaster like buying a king-size bed for a queen-size room!