Guide – How to Measure, Draw and Photograph Your Room

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My guide on how to Measure & Photograph your space

This is our starting point in designing your new space. To kick it off, I need you to take photos, and send me a floor plan and elevations.

Don't worry though, below are Step by Step instructions on how to measure and sketch your space, and helpful tips on how take the best photographs.

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What I need from you is a Floorplan (this is the drawing that shows the shape of the room as if you're looking down on your room from above), and a sketch of each wall (the Elevation).

Scroll down and have a look at the images below to see what I mean. 

As you finish each wall, check its length against your Floorplan measurement, to see if these measurements match each other.


Check List for Sketches of Floorplan and Wall Elevations

Before finishing off, check that you have included all of the following on your sketches: 

  • The ceiling height for each room
  • Height and width of all windows and doors 
  • Location of all power outlets
  • Location of any wall sconces and ceiling lights or fans
  • Checked the measurement of each Wall Elevation drawing against the measurement of the corresponding wall on your Floorplan.

* When drawing in pencil, make sure the lines are dark enough so when you scan your drawings and send back to me, I will be able to read them easily.


When you've completed the steps, you can send the floor plan/elevation and photos to me either with email, or FB messenger.

Tips for taking Photographs

  • It is usually best to shoot in daylight and avoid flash — which can sometimes lend a blown-out and artificial appearance to a scene. It's nice to turn on lights in a room just for a little point of brightness. If you do use a flash, be sure not to reflect the light off glass or mirrors, because you'll get a bright streak in the image that you won't like.
  • Dusk is also a better time to photograph windows — low natural light will allow you to take pictures that aren't blown out by midday sunlight.
  • For interiors especially, you will find that getting on your knees often offers the best angle.
  • Try not to take the photo when the sun is shining directly into the room.
  • Try turning the camera vertical to get a taller shot.

Download printable pdf version here - How to Measure


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