When you get a new home it can be awfully tempting to simply transfer everything in from your old one – willy-nilly — and hope that it fits. Of course, there is nothing terribly reprimandable in this. After all, who’s going to buy all new, custom furniture to fit in with their new property? Practically, for most, this simply isn’t an option. Whether moving in existing furniture or starting from scratch, however, it is best to invest time and consideration making a detailed floor plan so you know where you stand.
Key points to bear in mind when making your floor plan:
Take accurate MEASUREMENTS
This may seem quite obvious, but getting it wrong can be a very expensive and frustrating mistake to make. Let’s take a living room for example – this will almost certainly contain a sofa or sofa suite. Whether you’re moving in your existing one or buying brand new, you need to make sure that it will fit nicely, providing you with enough seating without proving too big for the space. Take accurate measurements of both the sofa and the area you would like it to occupy. Try to get the current owner’s permission to do this before you move in, so you know exactly what you have to play with. You may think you can judge this by eye, but being even an inch or two out can make all the difference. The same rule applies to all furniture, including cabinets, rugs and bookcases. Don’t forget to measure the height and depth, as well as width. Fit or no fit? It’ s not worth the risk.
Remember your EXITS
It is one thing making sure your furniture will fit physically, but you also need to make sure your floorplan is as well mapped out as it can be, balancing all features. A vital part of this is to ensure you have allowed adequate clearing for all exits, ensuring that there is nothing blocking windows, doors and fire exits. This will not only benefit the aesthetics of a room but is also important for the safety of your family. Another plus side, it will make the furniture easier to move in! Bear this in mind before moving in larger pieces, remembering to keep hallways and access to stairs clear.
Radiators and fixed heaters are another area you need to remember to keep unblocked.
Allow consideration for LIGHT
Of all the key points, this is the one most likely to be overlooked. When deciding on the position of your furniture, particularly when it comes to seating or working areas, try to position pieces such as sofas and worktops for optimum daylight. This may not seem like a priority at first, but remember that successful planning is not only about how to squeeze the most out of a space in terms of area, but also how to make that space work for you for maximum health benefits, mood and general atmosphere. Keep in mind the main function of a room at all stages of planning. You might fit more furniture into a study with the desk hidden away in the corner, for example, but think of how much more inspiring it would be to work in front of a window; with adequate daylight, proper ventilation and a view.
In short, work out what the priorities are for each room in advance of the move. Plan in advance and take accurate measurements. If a piece of furniture doesn’t work for this, you’ll have plenty of time to find the perfect replacement.
Author Nadia Tariq has come to learn a lot about interior design and building supplies, and is passionate about products and techniques that can enhance the way we live by the simplest means. She enjoys working in e-commerce and freelance writing.