Go by the Numbers When You Buy: Essential Home Décor Measurements


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When it comes to home decorating, the number of choices can be mind numbing:  How much? How little? How high? How wide? But if you get these important measurements right, you’ll end up with a home interior that adds beauty, comfort, and style to your life. Tenfold.

Light Fixtures

No more banging your head on a too-low light (or banging your head against the wall trying to figure out the correct height!). Add the length and width of the room in feet; the resulting number is, in inches, what  the diameter of the light fixture should be. For example, a 20 x 20 room requires a light fixture that’s 40 inches wide.

Curtain Height

When it comes to hanging curtains easily, things are looking up:  Mount curtains as high as possible if you want to give the room more height; allow curtains to break 1 1/2 inches on the floor.

Kitchen Island

Opt for a kitchen island that’s about 38 inches high (slightly taller than your countertops). This allows for an area that accommodates both comfortable seating and easy food prep.

Light Switches

For easy access, install light switches 1 1/2  to 2 inches to the side of door trim and 36 inches above the floor.

Paint Coverage

Don’t paint yourself into a corner and come up short when you’re changing wall color:  One gallon of paint usually covers about 400 square feet of wall.

Dining Room Table

Food for thought:  If you prefer a rectangular dining table choose one that’s approximately 36 inches wide, which is ideal for conversation. If you opt for a round table, a diameter of 48 inches seats six while 60 inches will comfortably accommodate eight standard dining chairs.

Picture Hanging

Neck strain from gazing at artworks hung too high on the wall? You can nail the right picture position with this easy rule: Hang artworks at 57 inches on the center. This means that the center of your artwork measures 57 inches up from the floor.

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