Online tools and homemade tools can help one prepare for arranging a room’s furniture, saving both time and energy.
The arrangement of a room’s furniture can make all the difference as far as the room’s flow and overall appeal. Rearranging furniture can also give a room new life, without having to buy new decorations or items. Those with low-weight furniture can more easily just move furniture around until it looks and feels good, but for those with heavier furniture, or those that just like to plan ahead, there are easy and accessible ways to see what a room will look like ahead of time.
First Step in Arranging Furniture: Measure the Room and its Items
One should start the process of arranging the furniture in a room by measuring the room itself, noting the width, length and height of walls, windows, doors, and heating units, if applicable. One should then measure and note the length and width of all major furniture items in the room. The heights of walls and items should also be noted if using online tools with 3D capabilities (which are discussed below).
Second Step in Arranging Furniture: Choose Blueprint Method and Complete Mock Arrangement
Choice 1: A Homemade Blueprint
Using graph paper, one can create a scaled outline of the room; being sure to include markings for windows, doors, and heating elements or other fixtures. Then, using graph paper again; one can create small furniture pieces at the same scale as the room outline, place the furniture items in the mock room, and move the pieces around to find the preferred arrangement.
Choice 2: An Online Tool
There are multiple tools online that help one to electronically create a blueprint of a room and its contents. Floorplanner.com is one example, and has a basic account that is free, user-friendly, and allows a user one project with up to three floors and up to three designs per floor. Users can create a room reflecting their own room’s measurements, add life-like furniture pieces (with customizable measurements) to the room, including couches, chairs, tables, plants, lamps, and so on, and modify furniture, wall, and floor colours and textures. Users can see their design or plan in 3D, giving a more realistic look at how the furniture will look in room, and can email the design or plan to others. The “Floorplanner PLUS” plan allows more projects and costs just under $30. Tools like Floorplanner.com can also help one plan out the space and/or contents of a storage space.
Third Step in Arranging Furniture: Arrange Actual Furniture According to Mock Plan
After creating a mock room plan, moving and placing furniture can be done with confidence. Creating and consulting room and furniture plans before rearranging or placing furniture in a room for the first time, can save precious time and energy, be a fun activity in and of itself, and be used again for future furniture changes. Happy arranging!2015-09-25