Our question(s) of the week are all about floor plan measuring. Redecorating a room can be overwhelming without a plan. So our tip ~ take the time to measure your space first.
Working on a floor plan can be time consuming … but a detailed floor plan ultimately allows you to visualize your space while saving time + avoids costly mistakes.
The top 4 floor plan measuring faq’s I usually hear … but no worries they’re easily solved!
1. I don’t have a tape measure. 2. I don’t know what to measure. 3. Now what do I do with the measurements? 4. It takes too much time.
1. I don’t have a tape measure:
Order it on Amazon, drop by your local hardware store or big box store on the way home from work and buy a 25’or 50’ steel tape measure with 1/8” or ¼” increments, you can pick one up for less than $12.00 and you’ll have it forever.
2. I don’t know what to measure.
- What to measure:
- Plus all furniture items existing and proposed; such as that new sofa your thinking about & the old cocktail table your keeping.
Are you moving into a new home? My tip ~ Measure before you move in!
3. Now what do I do with the measurements?
So now that you have your basic measurements of the room and furniture pieces you are thinking of using in the space your ready to execute the floor plan! Either online or with graph paper and pencil “draw” your basic room measurements. And then add furniture pieces into the room.
Options for recording your measurements:
- Online: There are so many free online space planning tools that make the process of recording your measurements easy and pretty fun too.
- In addition, most furniture stores have a “design-on-line” tool available to use with their product line, which is super convenient.
- Or go old school with a pencil and graph paper.
- But most importantly, take your measurements with you while you shop in whatever form works best for you. It makes decision making a lot quicker because not every sofa comes in the size you need.
- As a side note, I like to keep a simple list of measurements in addition to the floor plan for a quick reference.
4. It takes too much time:
This is true, working on a floor plan can be time-consuming.
But ultimately a detailed floor plan will allow you to visualize your space while saving time + avoiding costly mistakes.
My Simple Real Life Truth ~ In the room below one of the decisions we made based upon the floor plan was the size of the area rug to buy. To keep costs down the client wanted a 5’x8′ size area rug. But with two drawings showing the 5’x8′ and 8’x10″ it was clear the 8’x10′ was a better fit for the room.
Thanks for stopping in today, we hope you’ve left inspired ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home