The nine es­sen­tial home mea­sure­ments you should know

Jamaica Gleaner - - BEAUTIFUL HOMES -

YOU'LL WANT to cut and save this. How much paint do you need? How high do you hang that chan­de­lier? Get your mea­sure­ments right with this in­dis­pens­able guide that has all the num­bers you’ll need.

1 . Din­ing-room ta­ble A 36-inch-wide rec­tan­gu­lar ta­ble is per­fect for con­ver­sa­tion. A round ta­ble with a di­am­e­ter of 48 inches seats six; a 60-inch round will han­dle eight stan­dard din­ing chairs or 10 ball­room chairs. 2 . Light fix­tures How big should an over­head light fix­ture be? Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and what­ever num­ber you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fix­ture’s di­am­e­ter. So a 15-by-20-foot room would need a 35-inch-wide chan­de­lier. 3 . Paint cov­er­age One gal­lon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall. 4 . Cur­tain height Mount cur­tains as high as pos­si­ble to give the room more height, and let them break 1 12⁄ inches on the floor. 5 . Window Treat­ment Width Cur­tains should be 2 1/2 to 3 times the width of the window. Buy a rod that’s 20 inches wider than your window so it ex­tends 10 inches on ei­ther side. Your window will seem much wider than it re­ally is. 6 . Kitchen Is­land A kitchen is­land should be about 38 inches high — a lit­tle taller than the coun­ter­tops — to be com­fort­able for prep. 7 . Din­ing-room chan­de­lier The bot­tom of a din­ing-room chan­de­lier should hang 36 inches above the ta­ble. 8 . Light switches In­stall light switches 36 inches above the floor and 1 12⁄ to 2 inches to the side of the door trim. 9 . Fab­ric for a sofa For a stan­dard 84-inch sofa with ex­posed legs and a tight back, you’ll need 14 yards of plain 54-inch-wide fab­ric. Add two yards for a skirt.

Steps to a beau­ti­ful home Green is a re­fresh­ing colour which pro­motes rest and re­cu­per­a­tion, mak­ing it a great shade for a sooth­ing liv­ing room.

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