Every day, hundreds of furniture, mattresses, appliances and electronics purchased from The Brick are delivered to Canadian homes, from coast to coast. We have some of the most experienced delivery drivers and movers in the country, and they want to make sure your next furniture delivery is as speedy and smooth as possible.
Nothing slows or stops a delivery faster than the inability to get your new purchase through a hallway, up a staircase or around a corner. Without measuring major transition points along the journey, getting a new sofa, kitchen essential or laundry machine to its final destination may be impossible.
Fortunately, if you’ve measured your space effectively, you have all the measurements you’ll need in hand. Compare them with the following spaces in your home to ensure your delivery goes smoothly. It may not be necessary to check every point, but pay close attention to narrow spaces and hallways or tight corners, which may impact your delivery.
Preparing for your Delivery
There are plenty of small things you can do to help your delivery go smoothly, and limit any potential damage to your home. Here are some suggestions of what you can do to prepare ahead of time:
- Remove artwork, pictures, light fixtures and other items from the wall and/or ceiling along the delivery path. This not only protects your home accents, it also ensures your purchase will get through without damaging your home decor.
- Remove anything on the floor along the path your item will take to its new room. Shoes and coats by the front door, coffee and end tables, loose rugs and sitting stools – all should be removed or pushed as far from the area as possible. Your delivery team may need this area to turn around or re-negotiate a particularly tricky transition.
- Ensure small children and pets are safely out of the way. A kitten darting underfoot or a child running into your delivery person can spell potential disaster for your home, purchase and the delivery professional.
- If it is winter, shovel and de-ice your driveway and walkway leading to the entrance. Also ensure your entryway is dry so the crew doesn’t slip when they walk in.
Room Entrances: Front/Side Door or Hallway
Your front door is the first, and perhaps most critical, checkpoint your delivery will need to cross. When you measure this area, don’t just measure the door frame. Make sure you take the door swing, handles, hydraulic door closers and hinges into account. If your door and/or screen will be in the way of your delivery, you may want to consider removing it. You should be able to take your door off with just a screwdriver and some elbow grease.
Measurement A: The width of the doorway, from the door frame’s interior trim (or door jamb) to the edge of the door/screen when it is opened as far as it can go. If you opt to remove the door and/or screen, then measure to the trim on the opposite end of the frame.
Measurement B: The height of the door frame’s inside edge, from the ground to the top of the frame.
The same principles can be applied to any hallway or room entrances. While some homes are wide open with entries and exits matching in size, others may have a framed doorway smaller than the actual hallway. In either case, measure the smallest point along this route. Remember to take non-removable structural features and home decor into account when measuring this area.
This part of your home can be a toss-up in terms of how easy it is to navigate. In newer or renovated homes, the entryway may have an open-concept design or be combined with the living area for ease of movement. In older homes, apartments and condos, your foyer may be blocked in by a wall, accent feature or other structural element original to the space.
Here are some suggestions for helping your delivery team navigate your entryway:
- Remove jackets, shoes, wall hooks, benches and other foyer accents from the inside of the doorway. This allows the delivery team to immediately move where they need to so they can get your item in quickly.
- If your door swings inside rather than outside, and you do not plan on removing the door for your delivery, be sure to account for how the door will eliminate some of the available space in your entryway. You may need to remove some additional accent pieces to allow easy passage.
- If your foyer ceiling is sloped, consider the height from the floor to the lowest point of the slope. Your delivery team may need to pass through this point, and it can sometimes be less than the height of your door.
Staircases and Landings
Stairs are awfully tricky for bulky deliveries. From odd ceiling angles to small staircase landings, this is the one area where your delivery may come to a halt. Removing obstructions such as hand railings and chandeliers will go a long way to helping your purchase get to its new home.
Measurement A: Measure the most narrow, vertical point on your stairway. Start from the corner of the ceiling and measure to the top of the stair closest to the ceiling.
Measurement B: From the same point on the ceiling to the top of the stair above the stair you just measured to previously.
(Not Pictured): Width of the stairwell, going from wall to wall. If you cannot remove the hand rail, then measure from the wall to the hand rail instead.
Comparing these measurements to the height and width measurement of your item should confirm if your purchase will make it past your staircase.
The majority of stair landings are a rectangular shape, but don’t assume this means your delivery team can easily get your furniture or appliance piece past this point. The key here is leaving enough space for your delivery team to get your item around the corner.
90 Degree Angles
Moving a product around a 90-degree turn can cause some issues for a delivery professional. To ensure your item will fit, consider the following measurements.
Measurement A: The width of the area’s entrance and exit. If there is a non-removable object (such as a hand railing), measure to this point instead. Compare this measurement with the depth or width of your product, whichever one is narrower.
Measurement B: The width of the pivot space. This is the area where the initial turn will end and where the final turn will begin. Compare this measurement with the depth or width of your product, whichever one is narrower.
Measurement C: Diagonal space of the longest point. When measuring this area, the line of your dimension should roughly cut the space in half. Compare this with the full width (or length) or your product. If it cannot fit diagonally, your delivery team may have trouble navigating the turn.
You may also want to measure height, from floor to ceiling, in case your delivery team needs to turn the product on its side to navigate the turn. A 90-degree turn may apply to kitchen islands, segmented rooms or narrow stairwells.
Make it Fit!
While there are a lot of measurements to consider, we can assure you this is a small price to pay for a painless delivery experience. Being stuck without your new furniture, mattress, appliance or electronic item because it just won’t fit in your home can be frustrating and disappointing. Measuring your space and knowing the dimensions of your new purchase beforehand can help avoid hassles and ensure a smooth delivery. You’re well on your way to enjoying the newest addition to your home!