how to measure for a sofa



I know what you're thinking: "How hard can it be to measure for a sofa?" I've been there myself. But let me tell you, size does matter especially regarding couches. And if you want your new sofa to fit in your space like a perfectly tailored suit or at least as close as possible, then you need to take measurements beforehand. Here's how:

Measure the length of your walls.

When measuring for a sofa, it's important to consider the length of your walls. To do this, measure from the floor to ceiling (including any moldings or crown molding) in each room you'll be installing a new piece of furniture.

Now that you know what size sofa will fit in your space, it's time to start looking at options!

Note how many inches you want to set the sofa inside from the wall.

  • Note how many inches you want to set the sofa inside from the wall.

  • Decide what kind of feel you want for your room and in which direction it should face.

  • Take measurements of your room and its dimensions.

Think about traffic flow and where the sofa will sit in the room.

  • Think about traffic flow and where the sofa will sit in the room.

  • If you have a small room, you can place the sofa anywhere in it.

  • If you have a large room, consider positioning your sofa near one of its walls and allowing for free passage around it.

Consider where electrical outlets are located.

Before purchasing a sofa, ensure you know where the electrical outlets are located. If you're looking at one that doesn't have an outlet nearby, it's not quite as convenient.

For example, I bought this couch, and there is no power outlet within easy reach. It's a bit inconvenient because if I want to charge my phone or laptop, I have to go into another room or use an extension cord.

Monitor how much space there is on either side of the entryway or doorways.

If you have a narrow space, you can use a corner sofa. Corner sofas are designed to sit in the corner of your room and take up less space than traditional sofas. Corner sofas often come with cushions that can be moved around, making them versatile for sitting or lying down and for making it easy to watch television or read magazines, as both require plenty of comforts!

If you have a wide space between two doorways, consider getting a sofa with arms rather than armless sofas because they will provide more seating options without taking up much more space. Armless sofas do not take up any extra floor space if there is enough room for someone else to stand beside them in the same room (or even sit next to them).

Measure any existing furniture, such as chairs, in the room.

Measure any existing furniture, such as chairs, in the room. If you are purchasing new sofas, measure them before you buy them. This can save you money by ensuring that all pieces work together and fit perfectly.

Measure from the wall to the wall. Take measurements from large furniture such as the sofa and coffee table and small items like accent tables or floor lamps. These measurements will help determine if there is enough space for your furniture pieces to fit comfortably into your room without crowding it out or making it feel cramped and crowded.

You'll get a better idea of what size sofa will fit best in your room if you take measurements beforehand.

Measurements are important. You may want to measure the room where you plan to put your new sofa before you buy it so that you can be sure it will fit. That way, when the sofa arrives in your home and doesn't fit, we can say, "I told you so."

There are two ways of measuring: a room or an object that fits within that space. If we're talking about an old-fashioned couch with arms on each end (the kind of couch most people have), then take measurements of the length, width, and height of the room itself (not just what's left after subtracting out walls). We know this seems obvious, but sometimes people forget their starting point when they start something new this is new!


To get the best sofa, you need to measure it. By doing so, you will be able to find a piece that is right for your home and fits in with the rest of your decor too. The result will be worth all this extra work!


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Carole Pollich
Carole Pollich
🌳 I'm a Sofa Reviewer - Couch Reviews, Mattress Reviews, Armchair Reviews, & I review Tents and Hammocks! I do the most exciting things so you don't have to. I travel all over the world doing reviews on Loungers.