updated on 29 April 2019


It frequently takes place. You develop feelings for a piece of furniture. The shade is ideal. The form is ideal. You adore every aspect of it. So, after purchasing it, you may either pick it up or have it delivered. You then realize that it’s a little bit too big or little for your place. Simply said, something doesn’t feel right. Now that you need to return it, you need to make time in your hectic schedule. You could also choose to accept it (and have it drive you crazy). Neither choice appeals to me. How did this happen, you find yourself questioning. It appeared to be the ideal size for my space! The truth is that your error was made before you ever began looking for furniture. You erred by not planning the layout of your room before you even began your purchasing. Like most people, you went furniture shopping with the impression that you knew exactly how the pieces will fit in your space. Sadly, that rarely results in success.

You must first draft a space plan, which is only one component of an cohesive design plan . Color schemes, lighting, room size, scale, and space planning must all be considered in a well-thought-out design concept. Just so you know, Designer in a Binder contains all the information you require to put together a comprehensive design plan.

But for the time being, let’s concentrate on defining space planning precisely and discussing how to do it.

WHY DO WE NEED SPACE PLANNING? Space planning, expressed simply, is an evaluation of how a home’s or room’s space is utilized. Planning for a space takes into account who will occupy it and what they will do with it. When done properly, space planning takes into account the flow of people into and out of the room, the distance that must exist between furniture pieces to allow for easy movement, etc.

The result of space planning is a document called a space plan.

A SPACE PLAN IS WHAT? A space plan is just a to-scale schematic that shows the room’s architectural features (doors, windows, and immovable objects like fireplaces or built-ins). The furniture is included to the space plan after the room itself has been sketched out to ensure that it fits and makes good use of the available space.

A SPACE PLAN: HOW DO I MAKE ONE? I’ve put together a space planning kit that is completely free to my email subscribers in order to make it SUPER easy for you to construct your own space plan. Simply subscribe, and it will be delivered to your inbox immediately. To obtain yours right away, click below.

Actually, making a simple space layout is very simple. Simply measure your walls, windows, and any door openings, then use graph paper to draw straight lines. You CAN DO THIS, I GUARANTEE. Use a scale of 1 square = 1 foot if you use my free space planning kit. As a result, 16 feet would equal 16 squares on the graph paper if your room were that size. Easy as pie. When you’re finished, it should resemble this (this is a sketch I created of our family room; it’s not attractive, but it works)!

You are ready to experiment with furniture placement once you have drawn out your room to scale. Keep trying different ideas until you discover one that works. Keep these suggestions in mind when you create your space layout.

Make sure there is between 30 and 36 inches of walking space between each component. This is what you need to move around your room without banging into walls or knocking over furniture. Three feet are required for any item with doors or drawers to open fully. The distance between seats in the room you plan to use for people to sit and have conversations should be no more than 10 feet (10 squares on the space planning graph paper) and no less than 3 feet. People seated around the room will be able to talk easily thanks to this distance between them. Likewise, bear this in mind. Pushing all of the furniture up against the walls is one of the space design errors I see most frequently. Typically, they do it to make their rooms appear larger. However, packing all of your furniture against the walls creates a cold, uninviting atmosphere. There will be a noticeable difference in your room even if you merely move part of your furniture a few inches away from the walls.

Cutting out furniture pieces to scale and rearranging them on your floor plan until you discover the ideal arrangement is the simplest approach to test out various furniture combinations. This will make it simple for you to determine whether a loveseat will fit in your room much better than a full-sized sofa. You may experiment with alternative layouts and possibilities without having to deal with returning items that don’t work or with the physical labor involved in moving heavy furniture.

I’m done now! You can see that making a space plan isn’t all that difficult and will really assist you in designing places and rooms you genuinely adore. If you liked this piece, be sure to click here to see more of my interior design advice. By clicking the image below, you can also download one or more of my free design guidelines.

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