How To Measure and Photograph Your Space Like A Pro

Measure

Here are some simple instructions to measuring your space to make sure that you do it correctly the first time. I know it's a pain to redo something so I will try to make it easy!

What do you need?

Piece of Graph Paper or a Blank Sheet

Ruler

Pencil & Eraser

Measuring Tape

Step 1: Get a friend. It helps to measure with someone else. One of you can hold one end of the measure. It also usually helps if one person give the measurements while the other person draws.

Step 2: Drawing the space. I always start by sketching the space out before measuring. Make sure to indicate windows and doors. Doors and windows can be illustrated as easily as leaving a gap in the drawing with a note that says "door" and "window". 

Step 3: Electrical. It's helpful for me to know where your outlets are so I can accurately design your space with lighting and technology. To determine where the outlets are, merely measure the distance from the wall to the outlet. Then draw a picture on your diagram as a circle. Please label the circle as "outlet". It might also be helpful to know if they are elevated. In most rooms, they will be about a foot off the ground. 

Step 4: Doors. The most effective way to measure doors is to measure the inside of the door. That will help me when placing furniture in your space. Most door heights are standard but if you have a smaller or larger door height or if you are unsure, please include it. Pocket doors can be noted and bi-fold doors can be drawn using triangles.

Step 5: Windows. Same rule applies for measuring windows as doors. Make sure to measure inside the window (not including trim). Then measure the height of the window as well as the distance from the floor. 

Step 6: Lighting. It's important to note where the ceiling lights are in the room but in most cases it's not necessary to know the distance UNLESS you are redesigning your kitchen, bathroom, or dining room. In these cases, it's VERY important to include the distance from walls. 

Step 7: Ceiling. Make sure to measure the ceiling height. The easiest way to do this is by taking your measuring tape and crawling it up the wall. See my video for details. 

Step 8: Furniture. Make sure you measure any pieces of furniture you are keeping. When measuring furniture it's important to get length, width, and depth.

Tips* 

Go Slow. Trust me you don't want to redo it if you don't have to.

Draw Big. It's important for me to be able to read your drawings.

Ask for help. If you need help ask a friend or ask me for guidance. 

Photograph

Here are some instructions on how to get great photos of your space so we can start your design process.

 

What will you need? 

Phone or Camera

Step 1: Center Your Photos. Keep your Vertical items vertical and your horizontal items horizontal. That is try to line up when looking at a space. 

Step 2: Light. Whether it's partly cloudy, cloudy, or sunny, during the daytime is the best time to take photos of your space. If you are not able to take them at this time, make sure to turn on the lights.

Step 3: Space. Make sure to take photos of the full space from floor to ceiling if possible. The easiest way to do this is to go wall by wall or frame by frame. 

Step 4: Flooring. Make sure to get a close up picture of the flooring at some point. Check the lighting and your angle. If you can get a direct shot without a shadow, that's best. 

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE!

Step 5: Furniture. If you are keeping pieces of furniture or light fixtures, you will want to take photos of them so I can include them in your design and match them accordingly. Again, keep in mind lighting and angle. 

Step 6: Settings. Use HDR mode if there are windows and if your camera or phone offers that option. 

Good luck! If you need help feel free to reach out to me directly at lynnelle@vivaverdedesigns.com.