Learn how to draw an interior design layout plan - and make sure your furniture fits!
Follow easy, step-by-step instructions to learn how to arrange furniture like a professional interior designer.
We are going through the whole design process with you - helping you to interior design it yourself...
Here we are concentrating on arranging the furniture and drawing a plan to help you make sure it fits right first time.
You can use this page together with your Free PDF 'How to Design' checklist - download it here...
Now comes the fun part! - Arranging the furniture!
If you are buying all new furniture for your interior design scheme - this will help you decide what pieces you really need - or maybe just want....!
If you are using existing furniture - it will help you to decide how to arrange the furniture.
Think about if you really do need all of it - every single piece? all in that room? - could some be used better in a different room?
Really objectively assess your need for each piece.
Next, you need to draw and cut out the furniture...
Don’t worry - no artistic skills required - it doesn’t have to be fancy - just the basic shape.
1) Measure existing pieces, and draw a bird’s-eye plan.
Remember to use exactly the same measuring formula as you did when you were drawing your plan out - eg 1cm = 1 foot.
2) If you plan to buy all new furniture I have included the measurements of some standard sizes of furniture to help you.
If you think it is likely to be a bit of a tight squeeze - or your intended purchases are much larger than standard - revisit your plan to check it will all work.
3) When you have all your cut out pieces of paper 'furniture' - now is the time to arrange the furniture - and create your ideal layout.
4) Just play about with the papers on your plan. Think about all the different ways of arranging the furniture.
Have a look at my best furniture arrangement tips for some handy hints on getting the layout that works for you.
Make sure you have room to manoeuvre with these professional guidelines on ideal spacing.
Make notes on your How to Design checklist to keep your design on track
Get help with the whole interior design process - and find out how interior designers do it in the main How to Design section
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