# Thread: Once you've measured a room...

1. ## Once you've measured a room...

....and proceed to discuss it with professionals, is there an order as to how the length and width are given?

If a room is 17' deep and 10' wide (by which I mean the entrance is on one of the shorter sides of the room, and the depth lays out in front of you), is the room formally referred to as 17' x 10'....or is it 10' x 17'...or are the two terms really interchangeable?

Thanks, everyone.

I just want to use clarity when discussing it : )
Last edited by California_Cookie; 01-19-2013 at 04:37 PM.

2. ## Re: Once you've measured a room...

I would say 10 X 17, usually thee length is the longest.

Jack
Last edited by JLMCDANIEL; 01-19-2013 at 04:59 PM.

3. ## Re: Once you've measured a room...

Thanks.

I'm thinking, in just the natural way architecture is USUALLY laid out, are entrances to rooms usually on the shorter end, and the depth lays out in front of you?

I guess, thinking of it, it's kind of more unusual to walk into a wide, shallower room than it is to walk into a room that's longer?

I know in classical (Northern European) architecture, there are cubes + double cubes, etc...but thinking of it, I'm imagining I'm more used to walking into rectangular rooms, with the main entrances being on a shorter side.

(I guess that's what you mean when you say "Usually the length is the longest"...and we are talking about the same thing.)

It's funny, because I've never thought of it before, in general.
Last edited by California_Cookie; 01-19-2013 at 06:26 PM.

4. ## Re: Once you've measured a room...

You're way over thinking it. The room is 10x17 whether the door is on the long or the short side. For price quotes, 10x17 is all you need.

5. ## Re: Once you've measured a room...

Originally Posted by A. Spruce
For price quotes, 10x17 is all you need.
Or, 17x10, if we're establishing there's no standard.

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## Re: Once you've measured a room...

Logically, the side with the door is the "width". So if this side is 10', you say: "10x17 room"

But really, it doesn't make any difference for the purpose of estimates. Do you think that contractors you call are so formal and precise? Heck, so many of them don't even know English.

7. ## Re: Once you've measured a room...

Originally Posted by dj1
Logically, the side with the door is the "width". So if this side is 10', you say: "10x17 room"
Thanks! I'm not so familiar with the nuts and bolts of building.

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## Re: Once you've measured a room...

Thanks! I'm not so familiar with the nuts and bolts of building.

: )
That would be steel buildings. Wood buildings usually use screws and nails.

9. ## Re: Once you've measured a room...

Originally Posted by Fencepost
That would be steel buildings. Wood buildings usually use screws and nails.
ALTHOUGH...I've heard in California (where we have earthquake tremors, and worse) nails are more secure, because screws will strip out the grooves in the wood over time as they move. (Granted, minutely.)

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