Tips To Measure A Room In 15 Minutes Without Forgetting

measurement of the room

Tips To Measure A Room In 15 Minutes Without Forgetting Anything

For whatever purpose you need to measure the room, the algorithm is uniform and quite simple.

If you need to calculate the number of building materials, select furniture by size, or check the correctness of the estimates from the workers, then the measurement will take you 15 minutes.

If you are going to work on the built-in furniture yourself, you will need a more detailed drawing and with the help of a square footage calculator, you can make the calculation.

Let’s take an example, the room, in which we need to do a cosmetic express repair, and the kitchen, where we need to build a table into the window area.

The minimum set of tools: tape measure, a few sheets of paper, and a pencil. 


Option 1. Quick measurement of the room


  1. Draw a top view (floor plan)

– On the first sheet of paper, draw a rough plan of your premises, top view. Try to keep the proportions at least approximately. The configuration of the walls and floor dimensions is important to us.

– Mark the front door, windows, and balcony door, if any, on the plan.

– Number the walls. Let’s start with the clockwise from the front door.

This will take no more than 1 minute.

– To calculate the slope of your rooftop, you can take the help of an online slope intercept form calculator.


  1. We draw the unfolded walls

– On the second sheet of paper, draw each wall separately.

– For the selection and placement of large furniture, it is also important to know the location of sockets, switches, and wall lights. If this is your case, mark them on your plans.

– If any of the walls has a more complex configuration, it can be drawn on a separate sheet larger.

It will take about 5 minutes.


  1. We measure and mark on the plan

– We measure everything that is needed for our purposes and put off the dimensions in each of the drawings.

– For sockets, switches, and wall lights, note not only the distances to each side but also the height at which they are located. There was a case when a friend’s headboard of a new bed was exactly on the level of a beautiful expensive sconce. And someone has to cut holes in the cabinet for switches 🙂 

–  If you plan to change the doors, then in addition to the height and width of the wall, you need to measure the distance from both corners to the door frame, the width, and height of the opening, the width, and height of the platbands.

– If you are picking up something from tall furniture, and you have multi-level ceilings, measure the distance from the floor to each of the levels.

– It is more correct to write dimensions in millimeters, especially if accuracy is important. For example, “1500” instead of “1.5” m. But you write in a way that is more convenient for you.

You should have enough for another 10 minutes, and your measurements are ready 🙂


Option 2. Measurement of the room with detailed drawings


For some projects, you need to know the exact dimensions of absolutely everything that is in the place where you plan to work. Detailed drawings will be needed.

  1. Draw a top view (floor plan)
  • Floor plan, top view


  1. We draw the unfolded walls
  • Unfolding walls in a complex room
  • Draw a “complex” wall on a separate sheet as large as possible.
  • Scheme of a wall with a window


  1. We measure and mark on the plan

Calculation of materials

To calculate the required amount of paint or wallpaper, you need:

  1. Multiply the height by the width of each wall 
  2. Add up the areas of all walls 
  3. Subtract the areas of windows and doors


To calculate the flooring:

  1. Multiply the length of the room by the width  
  2. If the walls have parts protruding into the room (columns, stoves, communication shafts), then, as if they were not there, we calculate the total area and then subtract the area of ​​these protruding parts  
  3. With parts protruding outward (bay window, communicating balcony), we add the area of ​​these parts to the total area


Calculation of the number of skirting boards:

  1. Do not calculate the perimeter of the floor! 
  2. “Arrange” whole pieces on your plan. The plinth of a standard plastic skirting board is 2.5 m. 
  3. Calculate the lengths of the remaining pieces that you will need to cut 
  4. Calculate how many such pieces are in the whole plinth plank. It is better to buy another whole plank for the leftover piece than to make it up from the scraps. 

In addition, the fewer the connections, the better.


The measurement work

Measurement work is one of the most important types of work carried out in the complex of measures for the inspection of buildings and structures, as well as premises, which allows you to determine the actual dimensions of buildings and structures, houses, apartments, and non-residential premises. 

The need to carry out these works arises when planning a major overhaul or reconstruction of buildings, extensive redevelopment, or reconstruction of premises that cannot be carried out without a ready-made sketch or design solution. Examination of construction works is a process that is also based on the analysis of the measurement data of an object.

The working documentation of the project (after measurements), which today can be produced both in printed and digital form, accurately reflects all the parameters of the object. These are plans of the object (general and floor-by-floor), facades, contours, layouts of its individual sections, longitudinal and cross-sections, as well as sketches of the building and its nodal connections (views, sections, sweeps, etc.).


The work carried out allows:

  • create or restore dimensional drawings of the actual state of the object,
  • digitize these drawings,
  • obtain the most accurate dimensional data for the purpose of engineering calculations and design.
  • Drawing documentation


The data obtained during the survey are contained in the drawing documentation and display:

  • moreover, external contours of buildings and structures, dimensions and configuration of facades;
  • furthermore, the dimensions of the premises and the location of their main elements (including the parameters of walls, window, and door openings);
  • elevation marks;
  • location of electrical power sources (inputs, electrical panels, switches, and sockets);
  • sewerage, water, and heating connection points;
  • location of ventilation;
  • types and types of building materials.



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