The nine essential home measurements you should know
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.
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