Do You Know Your Numbers?

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

The numbers I'm talking about here aren't your basic counting numbers (0, 1, 2, 3...etc.), which I assume you learned prior to leaving kindergarten. I'm talking about design numbers. Do you know your design numbers? In your home there is place for every item and every item has a place. And it's all about the numbers. Here are just a few...


Number 1 (to 1.5): An area rug is a great addition to any room. Just make sure to leave at least one to one and a half feet (or 12-18 inches) between the rug and the wall so that the flooring is visible. The rug should be large enough that the legs of the surrounding sofa and chairs sit on it and are within its perimeter. In larger rooms, the rug can be placed further away from the wall or be floating in the center of the room.

Number 2: Leave 2 inches of space between your bed and night stands. The ideal depth of a night stand is 25 inches (just over 2 feet). Any deeper and it might obstruct your mobility getting in and out of bed. It's all about scale so a larger bed, such as a king, could support a night stand with a depth up to 32 inches. A smaller bed, such as a twin, might call for one of a smaller scale.

Number 3: Try to allow 3 feet (36 inches) between your dining table and any surrounding walls or other furniture. This allows for safe movement and seating on all sides.

Number 4: The standard height of a headboard is 4 feet (or 48 inches) and leaves 2 feet (or 24 inches) from the top of the mattress to the top of the headboard. If you or your spouse are tall, then a taller headboard may be in order. Higher-end headboards can be anywhere from 55-68 inches in height. Taller headboards call for higher ceilings so watch your scale when making a choice.

Number 5: When hanging artwork, the base of the art should be 5 feet (60 inches) from the floor. This is the optimal height for hanging large pictures and mirrors on walls without other architectural features. Also, when hanging art in groupings, leave at least 2 inches between to avoid crowding.

Number 5.5: The distance between the floor and the bottom of a dining table fixture should be 5.5 feet (or 66 inches). This allows room for a centerpiece and doesn't block the view of guests.

Number 6: Dining chairs should be placed a minimum of 6 inches apart to keep diners from colliding into one another while sitting and eating.

If you liked this information and would like to know more, the tips above can be found in The Property Brothers' book Dream Home. I hope you found this information as helpful as I did and will use it to make your home a dream.

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