Drawing a floor plan will give you the opportunity to try a variety of possibilities for furniture placement, letting you know ahead of time whether or not the pieces will fit where you think you might want them. Here are easy steps to take in drawing your floor plan for your decorating project.
Using a piece of graph paper (1/4″ grid), write the name of the room you are planning and your measurement key in the bottom right hand corner (ie: FAMILY ROOM – 1 block = 12″), so that you don’t forget the original measurement proportions that you decided upon for your floor plan. You can print off FREE sheets of graph paper… see Resources link below.
Basic Layout Symbols: When drawing your room layout, use the standard layout symbols to show walls, doors, windows, etc. The picture provided has some of the basic layout symbols that you would be using. Measure the length and width of your room and record your total room dimensions in pencil at the bottom under the key. Create an accurate outline of the room on your grid, lightly in pencil, by counting the squares (each square is equal to one foot). Write the wall dimension with corresponding arrows on the outside of the wall on your grid.
Measuring Wall Spaces: On scratch paper, starting at one end and moving to the other end of each wall, measure each of the components that you are dealing with such as windows, closets, doors and each wall space in-between, recording your measurements as you go.
Sketching Measurements: Sketch your measurements on your grid by using your dimension notes, counting the squares for accuracy and using the layout symbols provided in Step 2. Record your measurement numbers with arrows just outside the lines. Check the total of your measurements to make sure it equals the total length of the wall (or as close to it as possible). Make note on your sketch where light switches, cable and electric outlets, thermostats and registers are located as well.
Scan Layout: Scan your basic layout with all of the dimensions so that you can make extra copies. This will come in handy when you start planning your furniture placement, enabling you to sketch several different ideas without having to re-draw your layout. On your scratch paper, measure the length and width of each of the main pieces of furniture that you want to use in the room. You can sketch the pieces directly on your graph paper, or you can make paper templates of the pieces (to scale), for easier movement in the planning process on your layout grid.
FloorPlanner Samples: Now that you have all of your dimensions, if you want to experiment with a Free Online program that will make your design look professional, visit FloorPlanner. Using the dimensions that you already have in place, you can lay it out with the on-line program, as well as being able to see what it looks like in 3-D. You can use a ruler if you like to make straight lines, or draw by hand. Keep in mind that is does not have to be an architectural masterpiece. Just figure it as closely as you can.
While your are measuring your spaces, when measuring the windows for your layout, also make notes of the window height and the space from the window sill to the floor, as well as the space from the window top to the ceiling. This will save time later when planning for a piece of furniture sitting under or in front of the window as well as choosing window coverings. Always keep a copy of your floor plan(s) with you or in the car, along with a measuring tape. You never know when you might be out shopping and find just the perfect piece for your room. If you have your dimensions with you, you will know right away whether or not the piece is going to fit.