Furniture measuring guide

If you’re buying new furniture, it’s important to check all your room measurements ready for when you order, whether that's the space where the furniture will sit, or the access into the room. Here's how to work with the space you have – no matter how large or small.

Living room furniture

Think about your needs early on to help you in your search for new living room furniture.  You'll want your new piece of furniture to be in proportion to the rest of the room. A great way to check is to map out the space using newspaper, or mark out your floor with masking tape. Remember to leave yourself enough space to walk around the room comfortably, not overcrowding the space so you can retain a spacious look and feel.

If you're buying a sofa bed or recliner, check that there's sufficient room for it when it's both closed and extended (also any drawers) as these measurements will of course differ dramatically.

Of course you also need to be sure the furniture will fit through the door when we deliver it (see the section on Access). If you think it's going to be tricky, then take a look at furniture that's partial or full assembly.

Our sofa sizes (typical width)

Grand = 211cm+
Large = 191 – 210cm
Medium = 175 – 190cm
Small = up to 174cm

Many of our sofas come with removable feet; this information can be found listed on each sofa product page, and makes access to your property a lot easier.

Some of our most popular sofa beds come without arms,  so they’re perfect for smaller spaces or challenging access; you could also consider a modular sofa which will come in smaller parts. Some of our sofas can be delivered with bolt-on arms (often the source of the problem) or in two pieces - these can be specially ordered in our shops.

Some quick, approximate imperial/metric conversions:

  • 1" = 2.5cm+
  • 12" = 30.5cm
  • 3 feet = 91.4cm

Dining room

When you buy dining room furniture, remember to leave enough space to be able to manoeuvre in and out of your chair. We'd recommend leaving a space sufficient to walk behind of roughly 60cm between the back of your dining chair and the wall or nearest piece of furniture.

Extending tables are an excellent option to consider as on a day to day basis you can have a smaller table, adding the extensions when family and friends come around. 

All dining tables come with legs removed to allow access into your home

Cabinetry

Consider whether a fully assembled item of furniture or one that requires partial assembly is best for you. Furniture requiring assembly allows for easy access to your home as it comes in smaller parts for you to assemble on site.

We often remove legs from assembled furniture to reduce the possibility of transit damage.

Tall pieces of furniture may need to be assembled on the floor and then lifted up, so do check that there's sufficient ceiling height for this to happen.

Of course we ensure all our furniture meets all relevant safety standards, but we do recommend that all freestanding furniture over 60cm in height is attached to the wall for added safety and security. This is extremely important when babies and children have access, particularly if they want to reach an item over their height and try to use furniture to climb up on, as there's a risk of the furniture toppling if it's not secured.

Consider the type of wall that your furniture is to be positioned against and make sure you use the correct wall fixings. It's best to plan this prior to buying your furniture when you're considering the best place for it, and seek expert advice if you're unsure about which wall fixings to use, or if you're concerned about your DIY competency. 

Bedroom furniture

Bed sizes and names can vary depending on who you shop with, so do check you're ordering the correct size. All of our mattresses are UK standard sizes - see the table below. 

We can also make mattresses to bespoke specifications; please ask in store for further details.

Mattress name Mattress size (cm)
Small single W75 x L190
Single W90 x L190
Small double W120 x L190
Double W135 x L190
Kingsize W150 x L200
Super kingsize W180 x L200
Super kingsize zipped and linked W180 x L200

Remember, if you're buying a divan or bed frame with drawers, to check that there's adequate space to pull these out and access the contents. If you're short of space but still want to make the most of the storage your bed base can offer, you could consider a lift-up storage bed.

Bear in mind that a bed frame will always be slightly bigger than a divan base for the same size mattress, as the latter is the same size as the mattress but a bed frame is slightly larger to allow the mattress to sit within the frame. 

Furniture care

When looking at space constraints, remember also to take into account the surroundings for your furniture. Factors such as direct sunlight and proximity to radiators can cause damage or increased wear to your furniture.

For more information please see the Care sections in these buying guides:

Access to your property

Top tips

Our delivery drivers will take your furniture into the room, removing and taking away the packaging with them for most large furniture items. Please check any potential delivery issues before ordering, remembering to take into consideration access for our delivery trucks to your property.

It's important that we also understand any likely challenges or constraints prior to your delivery.

If you're contemplating a refresh of one room, or even a complete redesign of your home, do consider enlisting the help of one of our in-store Home Design advisors. As well as giving design advice, they're also able to advise about access and what items would best suit your particular needs.

Please note that any items that are made to your exact specification (made to measure) are excluded from our usual returns policy. This doesn't affect your statutory rights.

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Corners and hallways

Measure any tight corners or narrow corridors. Check out obstacles in hallways such as radiators or built-in cabinets.

Stairwells

Is there enough room to manoeuvre your furniture up a stairwell? Check the potential space to swivel and lift furniture.

Ceiling height

If your tall furniture is to be stood up on end, make sure there's adequate ceiling height.