05/06/14

Get Your Space Planning On

I welcome you to Space Planning 101.

I have a few friends that are in the process of moving and being the awesome friend that I am... I'm helping them plan. That means tape measurers, grid paper, and painter’s tape: my happy place. I love fixing, tweaking, planning, and improving.

Yes, I am one of those people who have a Pinterest board full of house projects and home ideas.

Yes, I always have a project going on and I get Home Depot gift cards as birthday presents. 

Having said that I can be an awesome friend to you as well and tell you about a few different techniques and tools for planning a space.                                                                              

Method #1: Graph Paper

Now this might not be for everyone, but using graph paper is an easy way to experiment with endless room layouts without any commitment at all.   It also is a great way to see if the furniture you currently have or are possibly purchasing works within a space.  This way, you don’t buy the giant bookcase from IKEA and lug it all the way home only to realize it doesn’t fit. That's no bueno.

Method #2: Sketching

Sketching can help uncover a number of floor plan ideas you might not see while standing in the space and staring at the furniture currently occupying the room. The upside to sketching is that it’s not as numerically demanding as counting graph paper squares. The downside: it’s not as exact either. There’s something about the aerial view and the act of drawing a number of options that lets your brain go a bit further than it usually can when you’re standing in the room, observing the space. And although this method isn’t exact, it definitely saves you (and your back) from moving furniture around the room.

Method #3: Blue Painter’s Tape

I’m a huge fan of using the painter’s tape to outline where a piece of furniture could be placed on the floor. I even use the tape to mark how high it will come up on the wall to see the heights of the various objects in the room. This helps get a feel for the flow of the arrangement without having to purchase or move an item.

Method #4: Floorplanner.com

This is a free and simple to use site that lets you lay out rooms out and wrap your mind around what something might look like before you commit to a layout or furniture purchase. I have never used this tool, but I have told others about it and they find it useful as another tool to help see things from a new vantage point and experiment with different ideas… all while not lifting a bookcase.

Method #5: Furniture Sliders

I like to avoid furniture moving when at all possible, but sometimes it just can’t be helped. The good news is you can save yourself some major aches and pains by investing a few bucks in some easy furniture movers, which you can use repeatedly.  They slide on hardwood flooring or carpet and they make one-person-furniture-arranging possible. I mean who wants to wait for someone to come help?

What about you? Have you done any of the methods above or have any other floor planning tips to pass along?