Have you ever been at HomeGoods and found the most fabulous sideboard?
You know the one I’m talking about.
It’s the perfect shape, style, color, and price.
But it seems a little long and you aren’t sure if it will even fit in your dining room.
But it’s Saturday. The store is packed. And they’ve only got one.
By the time you went home, measured the space, came back to the store, found a parking spot, and hustled to the back of the store, that sweet little beauty would already be long gone.
This has totally happened to you before, right?
Whether you were at a yard sale, antique store, flea market, craft fair, or shopping out of town, not having measurements on hand can ruin your shot of bringing home that once in a lifetime furniture find.
We already keep tons of stuff we barely even need on there, so why not make some space for something that’s actually useful?
You know that Notes section?
It’s your handy dandy notebook for logging important spaces, sizes, and information.
You can get extra fancy if you want and download apps to organize your data, but as long as the system works for you, you don’t have to get crazy with the technology.
Need some ideas of what might be useful? Start with these:
Wall lengths and ceiling heights for furniture placements
Window measurements for curtains, blinds, and hardware
Room area for large rugs (length x width = area)
Sofas, chairs, beds, benches, and other seating measurements
Dining table lengths for table cloths
Door Opening Widths (to be sure you can get your new piece into your house)
Counter lengths and heights for barstools and appliances
Shower lengths for curtains and rods
Garage and storage shed measurements
Air filter sizes
Light bulb sizes and wattages
Another thing I like to do is keep a small tape measure in my purse (and another in my car) so I can measure a piece I’m crushing on while I’m at the store.
I love this set of 4 from Titan. (aff link)
By checking the piece size with the measurements saved in my phone, I can guarantee there won’t be a return trip for exchanges.
And I don’t know how much time you’re working with, but here at The New House, my time runs short. 🙂
Do you keep measurements in your phone already? Have something to add to the list?
I’d love to hear your input!