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How to Measure Your Room

Room layout drawing in grid paper

This guide will show you how to measure your room at each step and provides examples for you to base your own drawings.

Utilities legend symbols for floor layout
Utilities Legend: Use these symbols in your floor plans!

Your drawing does not have to be a masterpiece, but it is important to document accurate measurements as clearly as possible to ensure that we have gathered all the information about your current room. Using a ruler really helps when drawing out your floor plan, and you can always start in pencil to erase and go over it in pen when you are finished to ensure it is clear.

Measuring your space can be done with one person, but we recommend asking a friend to help with the measuring process to allow for the most accurate measurements.

We have included a legend to show the symbols for each of the notations so we can clearly see where everything is in the room at a quick glance.

1. Your first step will be creating your floor plan on the grid paper.

Floorplan drawn on grid

Start by drawing out the walls in the kitchen area in the layout that you currently have.

Be sure to notate any door openings, hallways, windows, and any possible obstructions on the walls.

2. Next, you will want to take note of where plumbing and gas lines are located.

Drawn floorplan showing plumbing areas

If you are going to be moving any of these items, please let us know where you intend to move them in the drawing as well.

You will also need to notate which way the doors swing open for each door in the room.

3. Now that you have a general layout you can use to measure your room!

Always remember to measure your room in inches, as you will see in the example below.

You will first want to measure from corner to corner first to get a full length of the wall and write that on your drawing.

Measure your room for outside measurements

Once you have the length of the full wall, measure the width of each window and door opening from edge to edge and notate on your drawing.

Drawn floorplan showing window and door opening measurements

Next, you will measure from the corner of the wall to each item on the wall such as a window frame. Make sure these numbers add up to match the full width of the wall that you took originally to ensure accuracy in these measurements.

In the image below, we added the outside measurements of the distance from the window and door frames to the corner of the room.

Drawn floorplan showing inside room measurements

Finally, measure your ceiling height from floor to the corner of where the walls and ceiling meet.

Final layout for Measure your room

That’s it! You’re done and ready to send us your measurements!