• Carol Ruth Weber

Easy DIY Floor Plans: Perfect The Furnishing Layout For The Abode


Floor plans are extremely useful as a tool when seeking to decorate or redecorate the abode. Although the sofa eyed on view in the store may be a couch of one's dreams, more times than less, once home it will look awkward and not fit in the room as imagined. Simply by making the proper preparations of having floor plans of the room or rooms that are being decorated, shopping for your dream décor will be easy. Knowing the sizes needed to perfectly decorate a beautiful abode will provide ease of mind knowing that your choices will perfectly fit and look lovely before they arrive to their destination.


Avoid costly buying mistakes

Purchasing furniture purely based on appearance can be a frustrating blunder. Without a floor plan it is difficult to fully understand exactly what size furnishings will work best to create a beautiful decor, resulting in furniture being delivered that is unusable, cannot be returned due to final sale or could be costly to exchange. This is a very common and upsetting shopping mistake that people make when decorating the abode. It is easy to avoid making this common misstep when buying furniture by making sure to be totally prepared for the shopping excursion with floor plans.

A floor plan will allow you to see exactly where furniture should be placed in a room for optimal design. With a plan of action, no longer will there be a letdown when the new furnishings arrive only to see that they will not fit into a room, or even through the door or up a staircase.

  • With a floor plan one will know that instead of a sofa and loveseat maybe only a sofa and a chair will work in the allotted space.

  • When purchasing a dining room table, by having a plan one will know exactly what size and shape table will fit perfectly in the room.

  • Before buying a king size bed that will not fit, with a floor plan one will know that the bedroom may only fit a queen size bed comfortably with one tall dresser instead of a long triple dresser.

Follow the graph paper boxes

Floor plans are as easy as following the lines and boxes on graph paper. A floor plan is a scaled version of a room placed on paper complete with furniture and accessories. The plan begins with taking proper measurements of a room and any furnishings that are to stay in the given room.

A few simple supplies are needed to begin the journey of making a basic floor plan.

  • A tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Scrap paper

  • Graph paper

Begin by measuring

Do a very rough outline drawing, on a piece of scrap paper for measuring purposes only, of your room showing walls and openings for doors, windows and fireplaces. Note where columns and built-in cabinetry are in the room as well. Take out the measuring tape and begin measuring a room writing down each measurement in the applicable space on your rough drawing. For a basic start, measure the length and width of your room.

One should work their way around the room and get into a measuring rhythm.

  • Beginning at one corner, measure from one corner to inside the door or window frame.

  • Then measure the door or window width.

  • Now measure from the other side of the door or window along the wall to the next door or window.

  • Measure the width of the door or window.

  • Continue measuring until the measurements on each or the room's wall have been completely transcribed to the rough drawing.

  • Measure column widths and where they are exactly placed in the room by measuring from perpendicular walls to the column.

Draw your scaled plan

Now that the measurements have been taken it is time to get to work to create a scaled plan of the room using a pencil and graph paper. Drawing a room to scale on plan is simple once one understands that one quarter inch square on the graph paper equals one foot, and that inches can be estimated with half a square equaling 6-inches and a fourth of a square equating to 3-inches.

  • Using the length and width measurements draw the basic room perimeter to scale onto the graph paper with a pencil.

  • Draw in the doors, windows, etc.to scale on the graph paper in the same way you measured them in the room.


Floor Plan by Andrew Gatt, Flickr

Place the furnishings onto plan

Now it is time to play with placing furnishings in your floor plans. When the basic room plan is completed make a few copies and have fun designing the room for several scenarios as if playing with furniture in a dollhouse. Just as the room was scaled to fit the floor plan the furniture must be placed in the room to scale as well.

Be aware that room is needed to walk around pieces or to pull out chairs; three feet is optimum but thirty-inches will work. Make sure that there is also room for a door to open and that windows and radiators are not blocked.

  • Shop online for sofas, tables and bedroom set ideas; find the measurements of the pieces desired and draw them to scale on a separate piece of graph paper.

  • Cut out the scaled furnishings from the paper. Take the furniture cutouts and play with them on the floor plan until the perfect room is achieved.

  • Once the furnishings are best placed trace an outline of the furniture on the scaled copy of the floor plan and remove the paper furnishings.

  • Write the sizes of the pieces of furniture in on the plan in order to know what is required before heading to the store.

Furniture standards

Understanding standard basic sizes of furniture can help with planning a room. Even if you do not feel like shopping on the internet first you can still do rough floor plans plotting in furnishings using basic standard sizes. Mattresses are always sized the same from twin to California king, although be aware that bed frames vary and if you have a small bedroom you may want to opt for just a headboard.

  • Sofas can range from 78-inches to 108-inches.

  • A standard sofa size is approximately 36-inches by 90-inches.

  • A standard loveseat is approximately 36-inches by 60-inches.

  • Upholstered chairs are usually around 36-inches by 36-inches, give or take.

  • Barrel and swivel chairs can be found at 30-inches by 30-inches and up.

  • Small wood frame chairs can be found as small as 24-inches by 24-inches and sometimes smaller, and can vary depending on arms or armless.

  • The standard desk is 30-inches by 60-inches.

Have fun making several plan options if possible. Try the basic sofa and loveseat on one plan and try a sectional or a sofa with chairs on another. Get creative by breaking up larger rooms into a couple of sitting areas. See if the dream of a chaise can become a reality on plan for the bedroom.

Sites like Stanley Furniture are great to find furniture for every room including the living room, dining room and bedroom as well as case goods and accents. It gives their exact dimensions and where the furnishings can be purchased locally.

Extra homework perfects decor

is important to be diligent with your homework before heading out to shop for decor. Once the floor plans are complete extra pre-shopping preparation for the decor can be taken by perusing through favorite magazines and websites, relaxing on a break or before drifting off to sleep. By browsing through magazines and online one will gather great decor inspiration. Rip out pages and print out favorite photos of dream rooms to place in a folder to make a dream file.

With a fantasy file coupled with your floor plans the perfect furnishings can now be easily purchased without stress to complete your lovely decor. Walk into a store with a goal and the tools needed to finish the mission without worry of a hard selling salesperson. Understanding the exact needs of the room puts you the buyer in control of their own destiny of achieving a beautiful abode.

Take pride in unveiling the beautifully decorated rooms as guests arrive to be impressed. Never be afraid to dance!

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