Draw your own
interior design layout plan

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.

It's easy - I'll show you how...

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...

First, I will show you how to draw your plans on paper (the easy way!)

I also have a fabulous free design tool, which I'll share with you later in the page - keep reading for all the details... 

my drawn interior design layout plan

How to draw your
interior design layout plan

  1. Start your plan by measuring the room.

  2. You may need someone to hold the other end of the tape measure - otherwise it can get rather awkward at times - believe me!

  3. Take measurements of the main dimensions of the room - also include any alcoves - or the chimney breast - anything that juts in or out.

  4. Also note down the positions of any windows or doors - and their sizes.

I also like to put in TV aerial points, plug sockets or phone/internet points.

It all helps with arranging the furniture - or you may decide you need to get the electrician in to add more sockets, or move existing ones.

Make sure you do this before you start your home decorating plans, though - changing the electric wiring may involve some upheaval or re-plastering!

Now draw it! 

What!? ... how??

  • Well, professional interior designers use something called a ‘scale rule’. It has measurements marked on in a variety of scales - 1:10, 1:20, 1:50.

  • A scale of 1:10 means 1 tiny measurement on the scale rule, or your paper, represents a measurement 10 times bigger in real life... So 1cm on your page represents 10cm in real life.

If you have a scale rule, all well and good - feel free to use it!

If not - don’t rush out and buy one - when I work on interior design ideas for myself at home I usually use the following method - (all done using a ‘normal’ ruler)

  • If you have squared paper - make one square on the paper represent a certain measurement in real life - such as 1 foot, or one metre.

  • So, if your room was 12 foot wide, and your chosen scale was 1 square = 1 foot - then your line would need to be 12 squares long.

  • If you don’t have any squared paper - again, don’t rush out and buy some - just make 1cm on the paper represent 1 foot in real life - or 1 metre, or even a half metre.

  • Choose your scale to fit the size of the paper - so that you have a good sized layout drawing of your room - that you can see clearly.

Keep your plan nice and simple.
It doesn't have to be a work of art!

Learning how to draw an interior design floor plan

Putting furniture on your interior design layout plan

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.

Here's how to do it...

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.

adding furniture to layout plan for interior designing a room

Layout plans on the computer
(Free interior design layout tool)

My new favorite is the free tool to create your interior design layout online - which I feature on my website here...

Don't miss it!

What's next?

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

Return to the main page on Interior Design Layout & Arranging the Furniture 

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