Decorate by Numbers

Here are a few numbers to follow when decorating your home.

60
The general height above the flo0r that a wall fixture should hang  
(in inches)Century 2

36
The number of inches needed for a major traffic path Huntington House 7123-20RS

30 
The number of inches above a dining table that a chandelier should hang to prevent bumped headsLexington Divonne Dining Room


 
26
 The minimum number of  inches a dining room rug should extend past the table on all sides

Hooker Wakefield Dining Room

Hooker Wakefield Dining Room

24
One person needs a minimum of 24 inches of width and 12 inches of depth to dine. 

Gloster Solana Dining
Gloster Solana Dining
18 
The number of inches that should be allowed between a rug and the wall.  The exception would be a small area, like an entryway.
Century

Century Furniture

16 
The suggested number of inches between a sofa and cocktail table 

Huntington House 4

Huntington House living room

12  
A chandelier should be at least 12 inches less in diameter than the smallest diameter of the table it is hanging over.

Lexington Barrett Dining Table

Lexington Barrett Dining Table

6 
Chandeliers in the foyer should be hung with the bottom at least 6 inches higher than the door height.

Marge Carson Foyer

Marge Carson foyer

3
The minimum number of feet that should be between a grand piano bench and the wall

piano

Photo courtesy of jhirschinteriors.com

1
The number of stops you need to make to get all of your furniture shopping done! 

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Furnitureland South

(Ok, shameless self-plug there, but I couldn’t resist!)

I hope you found this list helpful.  Do you have any tips to add?  Please comment!

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  1. Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    These numbers are great! Spacing really does make all the difference when organizing a room. You don’t want to feel cramped or like you’re floating in empty space.