How to Measure for a Papasan Chair

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape

  • Papasan chair cushion size


If you're looking for a loveseat-sized papasan, these are also sometimes called "mamasans."

Measuring a space for a papasan chair to fit is slightly trickier than measuring for any other chair. The papasan chair's base is much smaller than its top. You must take the amount of space taken up by the papasan's cushion into consideration, rather than just floor space.


The cushion sits on top of the papasan frame, so measure the cushion instead of the frame. The cushion takes up more room than the frame does.

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Step 1

Measure the papasan chair's cushion, or look for its measurements before you purchase it. They range in size from a circular 46 inches to an oval 78 by 58 inches. Write the measurements down.

Step 2

Decide where the chair will be placed in the room of your choice.

Step 3

Measure the area where you want to place the chair. The area will need to be slightly larger than the size of the cushion. For example, the 46 inch papasan requires at least a 48 inch square of space. Additional space is better, so the person sitting in the chair won't bump into furniture or walls.


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Margaret Dilloway

Margaret Dilloway's debut novel, "How to be an American Housewife," is out now and her second, "The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns," will be published in August 2012. She has been a writer for more than 10 years and has written for publications such as "San Diego Family Magazine" and the Huffington Post. Dilloway holds a B.A. from Scripps College.