Confused by those furniture measurements found on the box or in the product manual? When shopping for a new piece of furniture for your space, it’s critical to ensure that this new couch, table, or chair will fit comfortably in the room. Properly reading furniture dimensions will ensure your new accent piece or family couch fits beautifully in the home.

How to Read Measurements for Furniture

For most furniture pieces — and a myriad of other products on the market — the order of dimensions falls in this order: Length x Width x Height.

Let’s say a customer is interested in buying an Artesia dining table from Broadway Furniture. It’s dimensions are 72 x 40 x 30 in. When reading furniture measurements for a rectangular dining table or side table, keep in mind what each number stands for:

  • Length: The longest side of the table, starting at one edge and ending at its opposite edge.
  • Width: The shorter side of the table, starting at one edge and ending at its opposite side.
  • Height: Starting from the floor and ending at the top of the table.

So, this dining table is 72 inches long, 40 inches wide, and 30 inches high.

Reading Furniture Dimensions for a Couch

When reading furniture dimensions for a couch or sofa, the same rules typically apply. For example, the Big Chill Sofa by Porter has furniture measurements of 91 x 39 x 36 in. When determining the size of a couch, keep these factors in mind:

  • Length: From the edge of one sofa arm to the other sofa arm.
  • Width: From the front edge of one sofa arm to the back of the sofa.
  • Height: From the floor to the top of the sofa’s cushions.

Therefore, this sofa is 91 inches long, 39 inches wide, and 36 inches high.

Sometimes, couch dimensions contain measurements for depth along with length, width and height. While width includes the couch’s arms, depth is simply the distance from the front of the seat cushions to the back. This adds another useful dimension in determining if your new furniture will fit in the space you have chosen for it.

For beautifully crafted, quality furniture in the Tigard, OR area, you can rely on Broadway Furniture. We are a family-owned furniture company that’s been serving the greater Portland area for over 80 years. Take a look at our shop online, or give us a call today at (503) 281-5555.

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