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It can't be said enough: Measure everything! Before you hit the stores, measure your space and the dimensions of the furniture you currently have, whether or not it's all staying in the room. Although you're not necessarily planning on buying a piece that's the same size as what you own now, having a basis of comparison can help you make a decision. Before you settle on a piece, go home and map out potential new furniture arrangements. One good method is to stick painter's tape on the floor to represent the dimensions of the new piece you're considering, be it a chair, sofa, or table. Other important spots to measure? The doorways and other passageways through which you'll be moving your new furniture. The last thing you want on delivery day is to realize there is no way to get that sleeper sofa into your house.
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