Interior Design: Measure First

Posted by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 8:30am.

Published by: Daisy Gregg

 

How far from the dining room table should your chandelier hang? How tall should your kitchen countertops be? You’ll have to measure, so that your selections work for your family’s needs and are in proportion to everything else in the room.

Chandeliers – According to The Spruce, you should “add the dimensions of the room together in feet and then convert the answer to inches. A room that measures 10' x 14' can handle a chandelier 24" in diameter. Wolberg.com suggests hanging a chandelier approximately 30 to 34 inches over the dining room table with an eight-foot ceiling height. If your ceiling is taller, mount the chandelier an additional three inches higher for each foot of ceiling.

Shower headsHunker.com advises that a typical shower head should be approximately 80 inches above the floor, about 6”8” inches.  You can extend or shorten the neck to accommodate taller or shorter users or install a hand shower that everyone can use.

Kitchen countertops - Thoughtco.com says that the accepted standard is about 36 inches from the cabinet top to the floor for consumers between 5’3” to 5”8” or average height. If your family must stoop or bend to perform tasks in the kitchen, then workspaces should be about 42 inches. BobVila.com recommends countertops between 28 to 34 inches for those with disabilities. 

Taking the time to measure will prevent future headaches, allowing you decorate and design your home with much better results.

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