Before heading to the store, be sure to write down the dimensions of the space where the furniture will go. And remember to allow for breathing room around the pieces. "My husband and I had planned a wall of closets for our little bungalow," says contractor Amy Matthews, the host of Sweat Equity, a home-improvement show on the DIY Network. "Once we nailed the first closet together and stood the monster up, we felt as if we had shrunk to hobbit size. It was way too big."
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