How to Submit Furniture & Decor You're Keeping
We don't expect you to buy all new furniture! In fact, if you have pieces that you still love or that are in great condition, we'll do our best to find a way to incorporate them into our design plan!
BUT, we will need dimensions and photos of them before we can plan for them! These photos will be used in the deliverables we send to you. Depending on the package you selected, some deliverables might include: mood boards, concept boards & renders!
What You Need: for the photos:
Camera – phone or digital
Stepping stool or chair
Time during the morning or mid-day (if possible)
What You Need for the dimensions:
Pad of blank or graph paper – if something needs to be sketched
Ruler – if something needs to be sketched
Pencil & eraser – if something needs to be sketched
Access to Microsoft Excel and/or a printer – tell us if you don’t use Microsoft Excel
Additional Dimensions worksheet – digital or printed
Helping Hand – if possible, to help you measure
Photographs – furniture & décor you plan to keep
Dimensions – fill out the worksheet we provide
Tips Before you Start Snapping:
It's best to snap pictures during the day, in natural light.
Use artificial light if necessary
Try to avoid photos that look yellow (from lighting)
Take straight, clear, bright, good quality photos
The item should not have any clutter around it or be overlapped by other items
Use your best judgment when snapping photos of your furniture and décor.
Should the picture be taken straight on or should it be taken on an angle?
Should the camera be centred between the top and bottom, left and right?
If possible, take your décor photos with a contrasting background.
This really helps us when it comes to removing the background
Take photos of mirrors with as little reflection as possible
Take photos of artwork with no glare
Tips Before you Take Furniture Dimensions:
For starters, let's make sure we're on the same page with Length, Width, Depth, Height...
We use W x D x H
Width is always side to side when you are looking at the front of a piece. If it's a table or other item that doesn't really have a "front", then use the longest side as the width.
Depth is always front to back.
Height is always top to bottom.
Seat Height is from the floor to the top of a seat or cushion.
Seat Depth is from the from of the seat/cushion to where your back would sit.
Diameter is used when and item is round, two measurements will be identical.
FFF means, from finished floor. If you are providing this measurement, be sure to include one of the following:
B = to Bottom
C = to Center
T = To Top
If you are not sure how to get the measurements of an oddly shaped item – ask us!
We know that some items are hard to measure, like ceiling lights – just do your best, but, be as accurate as possible.
To get the depth of a chair that has a slanted back, put it against a wall, then measure from the front of it to the wall!
Not sure what something means on the worksheet – ask us!
If you are filling it out digitally, make sure you double check what you type!
Here’s a screenshot of the Additional Dimensions worksheet you will receive once your Virtual Interior Design Project begins:
Notes – jot down any information or even questions you think relate to the item
From finished floor – sometimes written as FFF - used to measure how high something that doesn’t touch the floor is off it.
You should measure from the floor to the bottom of this item.
Mirrors or Artwork (already hung)
Seat H – Seat Height – used for chairs, sofa’s, benches etc.
Feeling a Little Overwhelmed?!
If you are located in the GTA, we offer the option to come in and take the measurements and before photos for you. This service is charged at $125/hour.
Alternatively, you can always hire a local trades person to come and take the measurements and ask a friend or family member to help with the photos.
Please note that we are not responsible for any issues caused by incorrect dimensions that are submitted.