How To Create A Space Plan For Your Room

Have you ever found yourself standing in the  middle of a room that’s just one big hot  mess begging for a makeover? I’ve been there! Or  how about an empty room with so many  possibilities – you don’t even know where to  start? Yep, I’ve been there too! 

I often hear people say, “I’m just not good at  decorating. I have so many ideas but I’m not sure  how to put them together and actually make a  space look good.” If this sounds familiar, don’t  worry! I promise, there is hope!

Before you dive in and start painting your walls, or buying curtains you should make a plan. the biggest mistake you can make in  any room is starting without a plan. 

To create the perfect room design, you need to  first think about how the space will be used.  This will help you develop a layout that  maximizes a room’s potential. Interior designers  refer to this process as space planning. It’s  basically just figuring out where to place all the  furniture in any given room to ensure the best  possible traffic flow. Space planning also helps  to create an aesthetically pleasing environment. 

Planning your room’s design before you start is  absolutely the best way to save time when designing a space. Creating a space plan  to work from should be done BEFORE you even  think about choosing colors or accessorizing!

By now you should know just how important this  first step is, but you may be wondering how to  go about creating a plan.  Let’s break it down into a few quick and easy  steps!

Step 1:

I recommend using graph paper and pencils, they are simple, fun and  inexpensive.

Start by drawing a rough sketch of the shape of  the room. Try to draw it to scale as best you can. 

Once you’ve drawn all the walls, add windows  and doorways. Next, add permanent fixtures like  fireplaces or radiators. Include any other  elements that may affect furniture placement.  Lastly, draw in light fixtures.

Step 2:

Next, you’ll need to figure out where NOT to  place furniture. Mark off any spaces directly in  front of doors, wall openings or around air vents.

Step 3:

Identify the room’s focal point, if there is one. If  your room doesn’t have an obvious focal point,  you may have to create your own. Don’t overthink this step, a focal point is simply  what immediately captures your attention  upon entering the room. (i.e. a fireplace in a  living room, a bed in a bedroom or a large table  in the dining room.)

Step 4:

Once you decide on a focal point, you can fill in the  rest of the room with supporting furniture. In this  step, it’s important to create balance around your  focal point. You want to create a design that  places furniture around the focal point with  symmetry throughout the room. 

The easiest way to design a balanced room is to  make little paper furniture cutouts and put them  on top of your sketch. Use paper and scissors to  make cutouts in the shapes of the furniture pieces  that you plan to use. Do your best to match the  scale of the cutouts to the scale of your sketch.  The paper furniture cutouts are easy to  move around on your sketch. This makes it  painless to try several layouts and see what  works best. Trust me, this is way easier than  actually moving furniture around in the space! 

Having a bird’s eye view and looking down at your  sketch can really help you recognize if the room  feels off balance. As you begin to move your  cutouts around on the floor plan, you’ll start to see  which layout combinations work best.

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