I love a good floor plan. It takes some upfront time, but in the end it saves time and money. I’m currently working on a project that requires floor plans and elevations. A floor plan is simply measurements of the room with everything included; such as window/door openings and fixed structures such as cabinetry.
To start make a rough sketch of the room as simple as a rectangle or square. Then add the windows, doors, cabinetry etc. Don’t worry now about making it “to scale” just get the basic idea on paper. Now take your time and measure with a good tape measure, one that has a least 1/4″ measurements on it – you would be surprised how the 1/4″ can make a difference. Try to measure along the floor its more accurate,rather than holding the tape measure up in the air, it can bend or droop adding to your measurement. Now go ahead and add that measurement to your sketch.
After all your measurements are complete and documented on your sketch, transfer the information to graph paper. Graph paper squares generally translate to 1 square = 1 foot, so that’s pretty easy. I like to bump it up and make it 2 squares = 1 foot just be consistent.
Now is the fun part where all the magic happens, add in your furniture, cabinetry, plants, accessory tables, area rugs. I like to start with the bigger pieces such as the furniture. Check your catalogs for sizes, lets say you’re deciding between a 72″x36″ or a 84″x42″ sofa, draw the pieces out on graph paper they will look like rectangles, place them on your floor plan and begin to play, its that simple.
Most of the major retailers like Ikea have floor plan options to use while shopping on-line, they are fun, quick and simple to use. You decide the room measurements then just click and drag in their preset furnishings into your room measurements. Also, betterhomesandgardens.com has a Design-A-Room-Tool that is worth checking out. Enjoy!!