Using Size to Help Arrange Furniture

  • Man measuring sofa

Using Size to Help Arrange Furniture

By: Abe Abbas

Did you know that most furniture is manufactured to standard measurements? Knowing those standard measurements before you buy or begin to arrange furniture can make the whole process so much easier. And once you knowing the approximate measurements for a piece, you can start designing your layout for any given room with a better idea of what and how much you can fit into it.

Remember, though that these measurements are meant to be a general guideline only. They are approximate, and there might be slight differences. Use them only as a starting point. Before you actually buy anything make sure you measure the piece itself to see whether it will fit well inside the space you have.

Living Room

Although one sofa may look very different from another sofa because of style, color, or upholstery fabric, you may be surprised to know that most sofas share the same approximate measurements. This applies to other pieces of furniture living room furniture such as coffee tables and end tables as well.

When you have an idea of roughly how big a piece is, you can plan how many pieces to fit in the room, and how to place them so you have a room that flows efficiently.

  • 3 seat sofa – 35” D x 84” W
  • Loveseat – 35” D x 60” W
  • Armchair – 35” W x 35” D
  • Coffee Table – 30” W x.48” L
  • Square end table – 24” W x 24” L
  • Rectangular end table – 24” W x 28” L

Dining Room

Dining room tables and chairs are also usually made according to standard measurements. You can find more detailed measurements for different types of dining table here. Chairs will slightly vary in size as well. The measurements below are what you can expect to find on avarage.

  • Dining table w/1 leaf – 36” W x 72” L
  • Round dining table for four people – 36″ Diameter to 44″ Diameter
  • Side chair – 18” D x 18” W
  • Arm chair – 18” D x 22” W


Bed Room

The bedroom usually has a bed, nightstands and a chest of drawers. The measurements for beds are more standardized than for any other piece of furniture largely because you have to think of finding the right size mattress and bedding for them.

Nightstands and chests can vary and there are several types of chests. The numbers below are for a basic, small chest.

  • Twin size bed – 39” W x 80” L
  • Double bed – 54” W x 80” L
  • Queen size bed – 60” W x 80” L
  • Eastern king size bed – 78” W x 80” L
  • California king size bed – 72” W x 82” L
  • Chest of drawers – 30” W x 18” D
  • Nightstand – 18” W x 18” D

Home Office Furniture

Home office furniture varies in size too. Traditionally desks were larger but today we can pick from smaller scaled desks and chairs. Office furniture is also adjustable in height. You can adjust your desk into a standing desk, and make your chair go lower or higher. The dimensions will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer because there is an emphasis on office furniture that fits the user’s needs.

  • Traditional office desk – 48” W x 30” Deep x 30″H
  • Desk chairs – 20-22” W x back 36” H
  • Computer chairs – 18” W x 36” H
Categories: Resident Articles|0 Comments

Leave a Reply