Every year, thousands of Americans must move after receiving generous job offers in a brand-new town. Unfortunately, not every person will be able to move into the home of their dreams immediately. If they move to a competitive housing market, they may have to rent an apartment before they transition into a permanent home.

Furniture from their previous house may not fit well inside this smaller space. It may be too big, bulky, or wide for their new rooms.

Are you temporarily transitioning into a smaller apartment? In this article, you’ll learn to determine whether your furniture is too large for your current apartment before you move in. You’ll also learn about Mesa Moving’s storage solutions that can make your transition an easier one.

Step One: Take Measurements of Your New Apartment

Moving to a smaller apartment can pose a few challenges, since you may not have the same amount of space. Before moving, take a few days to assess the amount of room your new home has. Start this process by taking measurements of several places within your new apartment building.

Contact your landlord and ask if it’s okay to stop by to take some measurements of the apartment. You should bring the following tools with you:

  • Tape measure
  • Notebook or Smart Device with a Program to take notes
  • Pen

Once you purchase your supplies, you’ll need to take accurate measurements of different rooms inside your apartment to assess whether your furniture will fit. These include measuring the heights, widths, and depths of the following:

  • Building’s entryways (Including elevators, staircases, hallways, entrances, exits, and other spaces leading to your apartment)
  • Doorways – Open doors inside and outside your apartment
  • Rooms – Take precise measurements of every area where you plan to place your larger furniture or appliances.

Step Two: Measure Your Furniture and Compare them Against Your Apartment

During the next step, you’ll assess whether your furniture can comfortably fit within your place. You should take additional dimensions and compare them against those of you recorded for your apartment. This process will tell you whether you have adequate space for large furniture.

Take time to record several measurements for your appliances (refrigerators, washers) and furniture (chairs, sofas, vanities) before you move.  These values should include:

  • Height (H) – Record the distance from the floor to the highest point on the object to get the correct height. For couches, the tallest point is generally the backrest.
  • Diagonal Height (DH) – Note the length from the front corner of your armrest to the opposite one on the back of the couch. Additionally, the diagonal depth can indicate if pieces can safely fit through an opening when you stand them up.
  • Width (W) – Measure the distance between the widest points on each object’s sides.
  • Depth (D) – Mark the length between the deepest points on the object, usually from the front to the back.
  • Diagonal Depth (DH) – Record the distance from the top left (or top right corner) of the armrest to the opposite bottom corner of your furniture.

Take each measurement three times to see if they’re accurate, then compare these values against those you’ve recorded previously.

Step Three: Disassemble your Furniture

After recording your measurements, you may discover that your furniture may not fit through your apartment’s entryways. You may need to dismantle them, so they can slide through them.

First, use tools to remove any extruding parts from your furniture. Only remove pieces that you can reattach later, without causing permanent damage.

Mesa Moving and Storage provides a service that can help you to move your large furniture. Contact us for more information.

Three Tips to Make Your Larger Furniture Blend into Your Apartment

San Francisco Interior designer Amanda Bell has three tips to help you blend larger pieces of furniture into your transition apartment.

  1. Pare Down Your Space to Make it Appear Larger – According to Bell, large furniture may seem to overwhelm your small, economical spaces because they are out of proportion to other pieces. She recommends taking out smaller items that serve the same purpose as the giant pieces. For instance, if you have a sectional that is spans an entire space, you don’t need to have additional seating in the room. You can choose furniture that does double duty and provides you with extra storage. For instance, use trunks as coffee tables or vintage filing cabinets as end tables.
  2. Create Intuitive Pathways with Your Larger Pieces–  Take a critical look at your seating. Is it easy for people to enter or exit the room? If you have to step over pieces, you may need to rearrange your room.  Re-arrange the too-large piece and other furniture items in a setting that creates natural pathways from the opening area to the exit. People should be able to navigate the space without stopping.
  3. Repaint the Room to Make it Appear Spacious  – Another way to make your space look larger is to paint it with light and cool shades to pull visitor’s eye line away from the center of the room. If your floors are a light color, try to paint your walls a similar color to blend the surfaces and make them appear larger. If the floors are dark, you can match your floor treatments, such as your area rugs, to the paint.

Consider Mesa Moving’s Storage Solutions

If your appliances or furniture are still too large for your apartment, you can consider temporarily storing your furniture inside a climate-controlled facility. Each one of our facilities has fire alarms, motion detectors, and sprinkler systems. These clean, temperature-controlled areas are secure. We will protect your inventory until you’re ready to have them delivered to your new home.

For details about our moving services, schedule an appointment with one of our professionals today.

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