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How to Measure & Photograph Your Room for Virtual Consultations, E-Design, or Virtual DIAD Sessions

So you've booked a virtual design service with Lauren—CONGRATS! Your space is about to get super cozy (or, insert whatever vibe you're after...funky, classy, arty, fancy...).

The next step for you is to put together your photos and measurements so that Lauren has what she needs to get started.

Below is an outline of the steps for both photographing your space, as well as taking the necessary measurements of your space. Let's jump in:

Taking Photos of Your Space for a Virtual Consultation, E-Design, or a Virtual Designed in a Day Session

  • If possible, take your photos during the day for the best lighting

  • Try to capture part of the floor and ceiling in each photo, and if you need to, use the zoom out function

  • Take a photo from each corner, as well as from each wall

  • If there are any pieces of furniture or art you plan to use in the space, take a photo of those

Taking Measurements of Your Space for a Virtual Consultation, E-Design, or a Virtual Designed in a Day Session

Next up is measurements. This can be a little tricky if you've never done it before, so take your time, and don't worry if there's one or two things you're confused about—we'll follow up on the kick-off call if there's anything we need clarity on.

  • First up, you'll need paper, a measuring tape (plus laser measuring tape, if you have one) and a pencil/pen.

  • Draw the shape of the room’s footprint as best as you are able to.

  • Measure the ceiling height and write it in the center using feet and inches (example: 8'6")

  • Measure the full length of each of the room’s walls from end to end and write the measurement on the paper next to each of the walls.

  • Draw the location of doors and windows on each wall

  • Measure each door and window from the inside to the inside trim around it, and also note the width of the trim.

  • Measure also the height and width of each opening and note this to the side of the opening. If it’s a window, measure also from the floor to the top of the window sill.

  • Write where each door opening or archway is leading to and what the windows are facing (backyard, side of neighbors house, etc.)

  • Measure the wall space to the right and left of each opening from inside trim to corner (or, if theres another opening, measure inside trim to inside trim) and write those measurements by the wall area they refer to.

  • Note the approximate location of electrical outlets, light switches, or other important hookups or details.

  • Finally, for any furniture or decor pieces you'd like to keep in the space, not the length, width, and height in inches. (for example, sofa: 90"L x 40"W x 36"H; large mirror: 36"W x 48"H))

You can then either snap a phone photo of the measurements you've drawn up, or use a scanner to upload it to your computer, and then send the measurements and photos attached to a single email to

Lastly, don't forget to send a link to your inspiration images on either houzz or pinterest to Lauren as well.

And there you have it! You're all set with your measurements and ready for your session.


Work with Lauren Figueroa Interior Design

LFID is an interior design firm serving clients throughout West and Southeast Michigan. We work with individuals and families from Detroit to Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor to Lansing, Holland to Traverse City, and anywhere in between, and we pride ourselves on creating bespoke, people-centered spaces—because after all, people are what this life is all about!

We have four service options to support clients at various project sizes and budgets. You can view those services here.

Have your own renovation or remodel project you'd like to tackle? Or maybe you have a room or two to furnish? We've got your back.

If you have a project on the horizon, get started by telling us a little about your vision here, and you can view past projects here. Thanks for stopping by!


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