How do I take measurements? | Designs Direct

Drawing a Floor plan or Elevation

Before measuring your room, discuss with your interior designer just how much information is needed.
It is essential that correct measurements are taken so your interior designer is able to produce an accurate design scheme.
You may find it helpful to download these instructions and use them to tick off as you work around your space.

1. Rough Sketch
Before you start to measure the room, draw a rough sketch of the layout. At this point, it  is not necessary to be to scale. The most important factor here is to identify any architectural or structural elements.  













2. Measurements  

Take your tape measure and measure along the whole length of one wall, making a note of the length. Try to measure as accurately as possible.  
Continue the process on all walls and making notes as you do.
Ensure you have not missed anything out by going around the room and checking everything is included. If you have, make a note on your sketch.  
Make a note of;   

  • Walls - Width x Height. Please also indicate distances between the corners of the room to windows, radiators, archways etc.   
  • Doors  - Width x Height x Depth. Please photograph and measure the doors and door frames and note which way they open and any mouldings.  The space between the top of the doorway/door frame and the ceiling.   
  • Windows - Width x Height x Depth – Please photograph the windows and indicate which way they open. Also, note the distance between the top of the window and the ceiling and the bottom of the window and the floor.   
  • Radiators - Width x Height x Depth. The distance between the floor and radiator and the top of the radiator and the ceiling.   
  • Ceilings - Height from under the skirting board or the lowest part of the floor. Do they slope in any areas or are they raised in any area? Please indicate this if they do. Mark on the elevation where if they do.   
  • Archways  - Any archways, architraves, cornices or beams should be noted
  • Chimney Breasts  - Width x Height x Depth of the actual chimney breast and on which  wall  the chimney is placed.
  • Fireplace - Width x Height x Depth
  • Built-in Features - Are there any built-in wardrobes or cupboards in the space? If so, these should be marked accordingly.   
  • Kitchens should should show all appliances.
  • Bathrooms should show all sanitary ware.

3. Electrical Outlets

– Please mark where each outlet is located. These include;

  • Light switches  
  • Plumbing points  
  • Plug points  
  • Wall lights  
  • Any cable wiring  

Any electrical item you feel should be noted as not to obstruct the final design.

4. Elevation

An elevation is a simple sketch of a wall looking at it from the front.

Stand a reasonable distance away from the wall and draw a rectangle or square, depending on the shape of your wall.  
Draw or mark in the windows and the heights from the floor to the bottom of the window, from the top of the window to the ceiling.  (See example).

Do this for every wall. Note;

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Radiators
  • Architrave
  • Mouldings
  • Wall lights
  • Fitted unts
  • Chimney Breast
  • Fire place
  • Furniture that is being kept in the design

If you would rather we measure your space, we offer a Floor plan and Photography package from our A la Carte Packages.
Your designer will ask you directly if he/she requires any further information.  

You may download a copy of this document here and print it to use when measuring.