Why You Should Measure Your Furniture before Your Move

Whether you are moving your home or office, one of the most important things you can do is measure your furniture ahead of time. Taking measurements helps you and our Toronto movers determine the most efficient way to move your furniture from your home and onto the moving truck.

The last thing you want to be surprised with on moving day is to discover a piece of furniture that will not fit through the door. To start taking measurements, you will want to get a retractable tape measure, notepad, and pencil. It is also a good idea to have someone help you take measurements if possible. You should also take each measurement twice to ensure accuracy.

What to Measure?

Start by measuring any of your larger furniture pieces including:

  • Desks
  • Wardrobes
  • Tables
  • Appliances
  • Office Equipment (Printers, Copiers, etc.)
  • Filing Cabinets
  • Chairs
  • Sofas
  • Recliners
  • Love Seats
  • Bed Frames
  • Dressers
  • Bookcases
  • End Tables
  • Pianos
  • Game Tables
  • Coffee Tables
  • Entertainment Centres
  • Pool Tables

Make sure to measure the length, width (depth), and height of each item. Once you have measured all of the large furniture pieces in your home or office, the next step is to measure determine whether items will fit easily through the doors and down the stairs.

How to Measure Doors and Stairways

Measuring doors is not too difficult. You want to measure the interior of the door from the left interior jam to the right interior jam. This will tell you how wide you can easily move furniture through the doorway after removing the door from its hinges.

You should also measure the height of the door opening. This will let you know how tall an object can be and still fit through the door. Having door measurements will let your movers know which doors to use to carefully and safely load your furniture onto the moving truck.

For stairways, there are several different measurements to record as follows:

  • The width at the base (bottom) of the stair from the railing to the interior wall.
  • The height of any railings if there is an open space above them.
  • The size of landings and corners on the stairway.

Once you have all of these measurements completed, compare them to each furniture piece. Take a highlighter and mark any pieces that could present a problem for your movers. Inform your movers as soon as possible in advance of your scheduled moving date as well.

Doing so gives them time to stop by and inspect the pieces to determine if they can be taken apart so they can be moved through the doorway or down a stairway.

If at all possible, try to get these same measurements at your new home or office ahead of your move. If you can, you can also avoid any potential problems with unloading your furniture.

For more great moving tips or to request a free residential or commercial move in the Greater Toronto Area, please feel free to contact Sueland Moving & Storage, Inc. at 416-747-9889 today!

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