How to independently measure an apartment, house, commercial space for interior design and renovation

  • Measuring a room is easy; no special knowledge or skills are required.

  • You will need paper, a pencil, a tape measure and a little patience. 😅

  • The average time for measuring one room is 10 minutes.

  • Stages of taking measurements of residential and commercial premises


    Create an outline of each room on a separate sheet of paper (top view), number the rooms and label their purpose (bedroom, bathroom, etc.). Mark with numbers which doors lead to which room.


    We will go through each room in turn, first we need basic structural dimensions

    • ceiling height
    • height and width of doorways
    • height and width of window openings
    • walls from the corners of the room to doors and windows

    Next, we take the test dimensions, these are the overall dimensions of the room along each of the four walls. Dimensions should be done in pairs at opposite ends of the room.


    Next, measure the thickness of the walls in the door openings


    If the room has windows, we additionally measure:

    • distance from floor to window sill
    • window slope width

    If there is a radiator in the room, remove:

    • radiator width
    • distance from the wall to the front edge of the radiator
    • connection from the corner of the radiator to the near wall

    If there is an electrical panel in the room, remove:

    • width and height of the electrical panel
    • connection from the corner of the electrical panel to the near wall
    • height from the floor to the bottom of the electrical panel

    If there are hoods in the room, measure the distance from the nearest wall and from the floor to the center of the hood opening


    If the room has risers or pipes (sewer, water supply, gas, heating), take measurements based on the maximum protrusion from the nearest walls


    If the room has a boiler or gas meter, you need to measure

    • width, height and depth of the device
    • distance to the nearest wall
    • height from floor to bottom

    If the room has beams, columns and other building structures, it is necessary to take all measurements with references to the nearest walls


    You will need photographs of all rooms around the perimeter, photographs of individual units with communications (hoods, pipes, risers, boilers, etc.)