Tips for Measuring and Taking Photos for e-Design

Taking Photos: Email as many photos as you can to help describe the room or item you have a dilemma with.

Room Photos: Take at least 8 photos of the space, one from each corner aiming diagonally across the room, and one from the center of each wall aiming directly opposite to the room. When you send the photos to me, name each one ‘north’, ‘south’, ‘west’ and ‘east’ etc. according to how the room sits.

Item Photos: If it’s a piece of furniture, take photos of it from as many angles as you can. Be sure to stand far enough back so I can understand what the item is. I like to take a photo of the tape measure on the piece as I’m measuring it too.

Measuring the Floor Plan: When you measure the room, be sure to mark each wall N, S, W and E accordingly as well. Below is a photo of the office measurements for a floor plan. Depending on the detail you need help with some of these measurements won’t be necessary for your project.

I find the easiest way to measure a room, is to first draw the floor plan from a bird’s eye view. This doesn’t need to be to scale, just approximately how the room is laid out. Then where the doors are, draw the door as if it were open with a curved arrow for which way it swings open. Draw windows with a line inside and outside of the perimeter line. I also drew in the ceiling light, a circle with a ‘X’ inside.

Then fill in the sizes. Mark it with the feet first and the remaining inches after that. So if the room is twelve feet and 6 inches, on the plan write 12′-6″. The single ‘ means feet, and the double ” means inches.

For the door sizes on my office sketch, I show you the ‘inside measurement’ of the doors. One is 2′-6″ and the other is 3′-0″. That means the actual opening is that size. That is not accounting for the trim around the doors.

After I get the photos and the measurements from you, if I notice anything missing in the measurements that we’ll need, I’ll email you, so don’t worry too much about getting all the details the first time. UNLESS you will not be able to access the room easily, such as it’s a house you’re buying or a vacation home where you don’t live etc. then by all means try to get every single measurement the first time!

Wall Elevation Measuring: The window wall measurement sketch, (called a wall elevation, where the perspective is as you’re sitting in the room, looking straight at the wall, unlike the floor plan measurements which are a bird’s eye view of the room.) is in the photo below. Marked on the sketch are the measurements of the wall spaces above the window, below the window, and for each side of the window to the corners. I also have the actual window opening size and the trim size. I also put ‘floor’ and ‘ceiling’ to keep track of which end is up.

IM and OM: If you notice, I noted on my measurement sketch ‘IM’ or ‘OM’. That stand for ‘inside measurement’ and ‘outside measurement’. This reminds me what is or is not included in the measurements. If it includes the trim it would be IM or it it doesn’t include the trim and the tape measure was butted up to the outside edge of the trim it would be OM.

So for instance on the window elevation measurement the 4′-9″ measurement for the wall from the window to the right corner of the room has ‘IM’ next to it. That means that I started the tape measure on the inside edge of the trim next to the actual window opening, and went across the trim over to the corner of the room. I also noted how wide that window trim is for future reference as I’m working on the plan. Say if I wanted to place a cabinet there, these little details show how much space I really have with out covering the trim.

Window treatment measuring details are more extensive due to the mounting requirements of inside mounted shading and to be sure the window treatment doesn’t interfere with the hardware and working mechanics of the window.

The window treatment measurement is basically a wall elevation with added inside and outside measurements, plus the depth of the window from the front edge. I always measure the trim plus take a photo of the top of the trim for reference when it’s time to figure out mounting requirements for the shades or rodding.

Here is a great online resource for measuring window treatments: How to Measure for Inside and Outside Mount Shades

Don’t stress about it, I’m here to help you! If you have any questions about what or how to measure, please email me, I’d be glad to guide you through it.

Once you have all your photos and measurements, you’ll need to share them with me.

One choice, (***and my favorite way!!) is if you have a Pinterest account, to create a secret Pinterest board and only the people you select can view the pictures on that board.
HERE are the instructions for that.

The Pinterest board is my preferred way because I can also send you links and photos through that means as we go along working on your project.

Email me your Pinterest account name and I’ll create a secret board that will include me, you and anyone else you would like me to add.

If you are opposed to setting up a Pinterest account, another way for us to exchange photos is to upload your pictures to a google account and paste the link for it in the box below. HERE are directions for that.

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