The Ultimate Measurements Cheat Sheet

, , , , , By Catherine

I am kickstarting the year with a cheat sheet I’ve used on multiple occasions since its creation, so I am excited to share it with you!

It contains most measurements you might need for your renovation or decoration projects. This “pocket guide” is jammed packed with rules of thumb for safety, comfort, functionality and aesthetics.

Save this cheat sheet to your phone to always have it handy when shopping, optimizing your floor space, planning your DIY, etc.

Note that these are *ideal* (read: typical and/or practical) standards for the average North American home. Always refer to your local building code.

You’ll see in there a few things that are relative and based on my own experience and personal taste, such as the maximum nightstand depth and width of a display shelf. Some items are also based on industry benchmarks, like a bookshelf depth or two-seater size, while others are safety rules: In a kitchen, you should have an electrical outlet every 2′ of countertop and a minimum clearance of 15″ next to a range, among others. These are basically non-negotiable, while others are not set in stone. What matters is that you make it work for you, your lifestyle and your home.

The cheat sheet presents measurements following the Imperial and U.S. system. I’ll create a metric version in the upcoming weeks. If you miss anything in there, don’t hesitate to let me know and I’ll update the document.

I hope you find it helpful!

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Photo: Catherine Lazure