Size Matters

December 13, 2017


You just closed on your new house and you're  looking for new furniture to make this dream home perfect.  You have some ideas of what you like and you're ready to do it right.  

Should you just go out and start picking out your favorites? 


Does size and scale really matter?


One thing I tell my customers is to be very careful with the size of furniture to be placed in one's home.  

Many people start with an empty room and believe that the room is too big and  just about anything will fit.  

They visit showrooms that are very open, filled with very high ceilings and will often misjudge just how big some furniture 

can be.  So, even though they know their rooms look spacious, they will fill  

Customers will also often pick a piece they really like without considering how the size will affect everything else.


I like to make the analogy of shopping for clothes.  

If  you see a shirt that you just love and purchase it without trying it on first, ignoring  the right size, you end up unhappy.  

Let's face it we have all done this!

If you are anything like me that shirt will end up in the back of a closet because it didn't fit right.  Even if its just one size too big or small.  At this point it is somewhat easy to return that shirt, 

but with a 400 pound dresser ... not so.


When I'm doing a project, the very first thing I do is measure out the room and put it on CAD (computer-aided design) so I can establish the size of the items I need.  

Is there some wiggle room? 

Sure, but knowing general sizes from the get go will save a bunch of time (and plenty of headaches) in the long run.  

Do you know the difference between a sofa that is 38" in depth versus a sofa that is 41" in depth?  

How about one that is 45" in depth?  

At first you may say "well, we have a very big room.  This will surely fit".  And it may, but now what about the rest of the room.   A bigger sofa means bigger chairs and a bigger cocktail table if they are going to look proportionally correct.


And so the room fills.


Have you ever walked into someone's home and observed a room where everything was too big ... or disproportional?  How about a random piece that is too small?  The unfortunate thing is that we as homeowners will either get used to this look or live with the feeling that the room just didn't come together as we hoped.


Many showrooms have designers ready to help with space planning before you purchase.  You can even find space planner websites and apps on-line but if you don't feel very confident in that showroom or the app, you'll save yourself a lot of anguish by hiring a professional designer to help you navigate through these and other challenges 


Beautiful homes don't just happen, even after they've been meticulously built.  Designing and decorating the interiors should be well thought out and planned to get "dream home results".


If you ever  feel you need help and guidance, don't hesitate to give Britt Carter Interiors a call or stop in with your plans and you can be confident it is going to be done right.  

The costs are minimal and the results will help you achieve your dream home the first go around.  After all, the last thing any of us wants is to walk around with a shirt two sizes too big.





Britt Carter





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