Ordering From a Catalog: Measure Twice & Then Again

Ordering From a Catalog: Measure Twice & Then Again

Abby Stone
Aug 29, 2008

atla-082908-measure01.jpgHas this ever happened to you? You see something you love in a catalog or something that's been profiled here on AT. You plunk down your credit card and wait. The day it arrives in the mail, you're so excited, you stay up all night putting it together. And then when it's finished, it looks nothing like what you pictured. There's an old carpenter's rule we've modified and now apply to catalogue ordering...

Measure twice, visualize, and then measure again. In our case, it was a triangularly shaped bookcase from Pottery Barn that arrived on the hottest day of the year and took two people six hours to put together. We'd envisioned it behind our at-the-time camel back sofa, rising majestically from behind the swooped back like the Poseidon from the sea. But, when it was finished, it was barely shoulder high. Pottery Barn agreed to take it back in its original box. Trouble was, we couldn't take it apart. So we lived with it for a few months and finally gave it to our neighbor. Lesson learned: measure once, measure twice and then measure again and, in our case, do what you have to do to visualize exactly how big a piece is going to be. So, when we ordered a rug from Overstock, we spread out newspaper on the floor so we could see exactly how big our rug would be. Has this ever happened to you? How do you make sure that the picture in your head matches the picture in the catalogue?

[Image: aussiegall's Flickr, with a Creative Commons License]

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