The most important measurement to remember is that a walkway should be 30”-36”. In a commercial space the minimum is 36” wide to allow for wheelchair access. In residential spaces the typical walkway is anywhere from 26”-30”. However, the wider you can make a pathway or walkway the better. Anything less than 26” wide feels tight. This is something you want to avoid. The goal is to have a floor plan that feels open and easy to navigate around. For really large rooms it is safe to keep a walkway clearance of 48”. It is a good rule of thumb to try and achieve a 36”-48” clear space for walkways within any space.
When hanging artwork there is a certain measurement you should have between two or more pieces. Hanging two pieces together should have 2”-3” of space between the two pieces, depending on how big the wall space is. For groupings of three or more pieces of artwork, keep 1”- 1 ½” apart between art. For a really big wall, it is safe to keep artwork 2”-3” apart between each piece. Artwork should also be hung at eye level. The average eye level height is about 5 feet. In a home with taller people, you may want to raise that to 5 ½ feet.
There should be a 15” space between a coffee table and the sofa. This leaves enough leg room but also allows easy access to set down a beverage or magazine. End tables that are placed next to the sofa should be approximately 1”-2” below the sofa arm. Anything higher, makes the side tables feel top heavy; anything lower will feel short and hard to reach.
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