Drawing a Floor Plan – Interior Design

Developing A Floor Plan   

Defining your space is crucial for creating a harmonious environment. It is also important to know your space limitations before you begin moving and placing furniture. The foundation of a comprehensive interior design plan includes accurate dimensions of your living space.   Depending on the degree of decorating you want to do, we suggest creating an accurate Floor Plan.  A floor plan is a birds eye view of your room usually drawn to scale, Example: 1/4″ = 1′  .  They have cut-out silhouettes available for furniture in this scale to save yourself time arranging pieces with common dimensions.

   Tools The basic tools needed for creating a floor plan are  paper, T-square, triangle and architects ruler.  The architects ruler has 6 sides giving different scale measurements, a very important tool to have and keep for future use.

  • Now you can arrange furniture, either drawing in each piece or using a scaled scaled cut-out template. This is where you will decided if to squeeze in that new dining room set !

Creating A Floor Plan                                            

  • Accurately measure your living area including windows, doors, closets, telephones and electrical outlets.  You will only need to do this process once which will be beneficial whether you are buying window treatments or arranging furniture. It is important that measurements be done accurately. Pay special attention to doors and check elevators, if you can’t get it into the room, you can’t decorate with it!

  • Transfer these measurements to a rough draft sketch being sure to include all measured elements.

  • Make photo copies of the finished space so in case you make a mistake in arranging furniture you won’t need to draw the basics again.

It may seem like a lot of bother, but it will actually save you time and money in the long run .  You will also make more informed decisions in purchasing when you have a plan!


Common Mathematical Questions:

  • Floor Area = Length of room x Width of room

  • Wall Area = Height of wall X Length of wall