dimensions of common household items

Dimensions Of Common Household Items

If you are planning a move or are interested in buying some new items for your home, it’s helpful to know the dimensions of these items when making your choices.

Most household items have standard dimensions but they can also vary depending on different manufacturers. If you are looking for a specific item for your home, it’s important to measure the area first and ensure the space is sufficient.

This will save you time and frustration.

I have compiled a list of some of the most common household items with the dimensions of each one for you to use as a reference.

ItemDimensions – inches Dimensions – feet
65-inch tv58 x 32 x 24′ 10″ x 2′ 8″
Sofa72 x 36 x 326′ x 3′ x 2′ 8″
Queen size bed80 x 606′ 8″ x 5′
Washer and dryer42 x 30 x 273′ 6″ x 2′ 6″ x 2′ 3″
Coffee table48 x 24 x 184 x 2 x 1′ 6″
Area rug120 x 9610 x 8
4 Slice toaster12 x 12 x 81 x 1
Toaster oven15 x 12 x 101′ 3″ x 1′
Refrigerator72 x 36 x 306 x 3 x 2′ 6″

65-inch tv

One of the most common sizes for a big screen tv these days is a 65 inch. Of course, there are other sizes available but if you are planning space on your wall for this size tv, you will need to know the dimensions.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that a 65-inch tv is 65 inches tall or wide. This is a common misconception as most 65-inch tv’s are 57 – 58 inches wide, 32 inches tall, and 2 inches thick.

The number 65 comes into play when you measure from corner to corner diagonally. This is the screen size measured in inches and not the actual dimension of the tv itself.

Sofa

Depending on the type of sofa you choose, they can range in size from 70 – 96 inches long or around 6 – 8 feet. On average, a standard sofa will be 6 feet long.

A standard-size sofa will be around 36 inches wide and 32 inches in height.

Loveseats tend to be smaller than a sofa and will generally be around 48 – 60 inches or 5 – 6 feet long.

Queen size bed

A Queen size bed is the most commonly used size in master bedrooms.

The mattress measures 60″ wide x 80″ long or 5 feet x 6.66 feet. It is a perfect size for a couple with room to spare.

These dimensions do not include the bed frame or headboard.

If you are planning to buy a queen size bed, make sure that the bedroom is large enough to provide ample space on all sides of the bed. You will most likely want space for dressers, night tables, and other furniture.

The minimum size room to properly fit a queen size bed is 10′ x 10′ or 100 square feet. Of course, larger is better.

Washer and dryer

A washer and dryer are essential appliances and ensuring that you have proper space for them is crucial. Having the right amount of space for them will ensure safety and efficiency.

Knowing the average dimensions of a washer and dryer will help you plan ahead of time and guide you in the right purchase for your home.

An average washer and dryer have the dimensions of 27″ wide x 30″ length x 42″ tall.

This can vary depending on the type and manufacturer but these numbers are the average. If you are planning to have a side by side washer and dryer, you will need at least a 54″ wide area.

Its also important to leave space for ventilation and hoses. Having a washer and dryer too close together or too close to the wall will cause vibration noise and is a safety concern.

Also ensure that you will have enough space to open and close the doors properly. If they are front loading, this will be more of a concern. If you allow for an extra 2 or 3 feet in front of the washer and dryer, this should be sufficient.

Coffee table

Having a coffee table in your living room can be very beneficial and ascetically pleasing. They can be used to hold magazines and books, ornaments, and of course coffee.

If you choose the right size coffee table, they can even be used to place your feet on them. Coffee tables can be designed in all different sizes and shapes. Finding one to suit your home should be easy but it’s important to measure and plan ahead for the proper size.

An average coffee table will be around 4′ long x 2′ wide x 1.5′ tall. In inches it would be 48″ x 24″ x 18″.

When planning out your space, make sure to allow for about 18″ to walk around it. Some people like to have the coffee table length to be 2/3 of the length of your couch. This will provide enough space to access the couch and look great.

Read: Standard sizes of everyday objects

Area rug

When choosing an area rug for your home, you will have a few different choices. Depending on the size of your room and where you are going to place it will help you decide on the right one.

Most rugs seen in a typical living room will be either 8′ x 10′ or 9′ x 12′. Those are common sizes.

Rugs are also commonly purchased in 4 different size groupings.

  • Small rugs are less than 5′
  • Medium rugs are between 5′ and 8.5′
  • Large rugs are between 9′-12′
  • Extra large rugs are larger than 12′

If you are placing your sofa or chair on top of the rug, make sure to have around 8″ extra on the sides. The rug should run the full length of the sofa. To help you plan for the right size rug, add an extra 24″ to 36″ to allow for a walkway between furniture.

4 Slice toaster

A 4 slice toaster is a very common household appliance. They are available to buy in most home stores or online easily. Before you buy one, it’s important to know the dimensions ahead of time as you will most likely be placing this on a kitchen counter. They are not all the same sizes but are very similar. A 4 slice toaster generally will be larger than a 2 slice toaster.

The average dimensions for a 4 slice toaster are 12″ wide x 12″ long x 8″ tall. This can vary depending on style and manufacturer.

Although it doesn’t take up much room, if you are limited in counter space knowing the standard size will help you plan out it’s location. You should also take into consideration the location of the power outlet and cord length of the toaster prior to purchase.

Toaster oven

Toaster ovens are popular as they don’t require much space and are affordable to buy and operate. Many people will keep a toaster oven on the kitchen counter and under the cabinets which are close to a power outlet.

The average size toaster oven will be around 15 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 10 inches tall.

Refrigerator

A refrigerator is one of the larger appliances you will have in your home. Knowing the size is crucial to ensure that it fits in your home. 

Depending on the type of refrigerator, the standard dimensions can vary.

The common size for a refrigerator that is in most households is around 72 inches tall, 36 inches wide, and 30 inches deep.

This includes a bottom freezer, top freezer, side by side, and French door models.

These dimensions can vary for larger or smaller refrigerators, but on average you can plan on most fridges being 6 feet tall, 3 feet wide, and 2.5 feet deep.