Measuring for Delivery

We want your furniture delivery to be an easy and delightful experience. Measuring your space prior to selecting your new furniture will make delivery day hassle-free. This guide provides easy steps to measure your house or apartment before you make your furniture purchase.

Diagram showing how to measure for the delivery of your furniture or mattress

1. Doorways

Measure from the inside of your doorjambs, making sure to note how wide your doors can open. You should also measure the amount of space from the doorway to the nearest opposite wall in the hallway. Be sure to take your doorknobs into consideration when measuring. If the doors can be removed prior to delivery, consider this option as it will result in more space being available to maneuver furniture and prevent possible damage.

2. Stairways

Measure the width of your stairway, taking account of handrails or posts. Your measurements should include the height from the top and bottom steps to the ceiling. Temporarily removing the handrail may be necessary to give you more room. If your stairwell has a landing, make sure your furniture can fit on and around the landing, both width and height.

3. Hallways

Be sure that your hallways have enough room to accommodate your furniture, particularly if there are any twists or turns before reaching your final destination. In the hallway, measure the height, width and depth, making sure the shortest measurement of your furniture is less than the width of the hallway.

4. Remove Obstacles

Obstacles including low-hanging ceiling lamps or fans should be removed prior to delivery. You should also take into account any features in your home that cannot be removed such as breakable decorations, stairway banisters and angled ceilings or walls. The path to where your furniture will be placed should be clear, so you may need to temporarily move existing furniture pieces such as a console table or floor lamp. Also note that area rugs should be moved to prevent trips or slips.

5. Outside Area

Don't forget to measure your exterior entry areas to make sure your new furniture will fit. Take note of your gate, porch and flower beds. If you live in an apartment building, the lobby and all paths to your apartment or loft should be measured.


If you live in a building with an elevator, you should measure the interior of the elevator and well as the door openings. Take diagonal measurements from the bottom of the doors to the back upper corner of the elevator. If your building has a service elevator, you should ask your building manager for permission to use this elevator for your furniture delivery as service elevators are generally larger than elevators for general use.