3 DIY Steps to start a comfortable bedroom floor plan before shopping!
Updated: Apr 27
Basic steps you will need to get your bedroom decorated
In the Design World there are basic rules to follow that make the process of creating a successful design for a home easier. Some designers like to play with the rules and create simple but elegant mood boards, others believe in the art of mixing to create high impact, while others break all the rules. The idea of knowing the basics is to know which ones are worth keeping and which you can ignore.
“Do you have a color scheme in mind for your bedroom? What happens next? Whether you prefer a trendy and clean look or you’re thinking of a more editorial style that is your take on High Fashion Interiors - there are stunning combinations for you to make.”
Organizing your thoughts comes first. Think about the colors that make your casa (home) an extension of you. What colors makes the old saying of Home Sweet Home happen for you? What furniture style do you prefer? Do you like woods? Metals? Tile? Wallpaper?
These are valid questions that should be part of your idea cloud. BUT, you should concentrate on the bones of the project first. Figure out your furniture, where it goes, what it will be like. The better idea you have of your needs, wants and musts: the easier you will be able to walk away from bad choices. Check out these simple steps to start an effective floor plan to take with you.
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Step 1 - Create a list of the must haves in your bedroom
When you start the process of creating a sanctuary for yourself (a bedroom should always be a sanctuary to you) start with the basics. First thing, you will need to make it comfortable. Make a short list of the must have furniture. Think of the practical things that make or break your ideal bedroom. Do you have a closet? Will you need a bench? What about nightstands? Can the bed be big? Or does it need to be more compact? Are you giving yourself a spot for comfortable reading? Do you have the space?
Sometimes, we get lost in all the pretty things we want to have in our bedroom and forget to plan for the practical things. So the best bet is to start with the practical part of the process so you can then let creativity flow. Make that list and start there.
Step 2 - Draw a basic floor plan of your room
Once you've gotten the list of pieces that you would like to include in the bedroom get a measuring tape out. This is most important step in the practical process. Never go out shopping without first measuring your space. What happens if you go to a store, find the perfect set and fall in love. IT is awesome, so you buy it. Oh-Oooh...
The day comes when it's delivered, you're ready to sit on your new bed, the nightstands are so elegant! You feel like a legend. The delivery truck arrives, you open the door and they start unloading things. First comes the bed, the guys take it out and start assembling. Hmm, I wonder and then the stands etc. As things are crowding your space: you realize they're too big! You didn't measure the space ahead of time and thought you had a good eyeball idea of what would fit. Yikes not good. Hopefully the company you bought it from has an easy and cheap return policy.
When I worked for a couple of different designer furniture stores (long story random knowledge that helps.) I knew who was ready. How you would ask? They'd have a measuring tape in hand. Some would sit, try the firmness, check out the style and fall in love...after they measured it.
The single best way to get started. Want to have a no mess process that's easy to do? Get that measuring tape out. It's simple to make a basic drawing of what the room looks like, measure the width of each wall and record it on your drawing (floor plan). Next note where you have your windows and doors. If you can add their sizes and positions on the wall.
You're done. Some stores require sales people to help you make a floor plan to help you visualize and buy. Have your own plan made and even make a point of noting on the side the list of items you're looking for. That way they will know what you need. Now if they suggest items to the list, consider and decide. Don't let them crowd the room. You're looking to do up your room and have comfort; not to make their paycheck.
Step 3 - Painters Tape is your friend - tape your floor
But wait! There's more! Once done with the measurements and before you go shopping, you should have a map that can tell you the maximum sizes you can accommodate in the room. That's it you've done it. Now you can start shopping. Well not quite, so you've done the floor plan great. Just one more thing: get some painters tape now.
The idea of the painters tape is to give yourself a visual range of what fits and what doesn't in your space. Sometimes, we all become card carrying members of the show me state. We may need to see what can be included to understand our limitations. If you have all the furniture in your list already in the room great, measure each piece so you have an idea of what is the largest range you can go.
Painters tape is the best method if you don't have all the pieces already in the room. Think of where you would like things to go (I'll make a quick tutorial on effective furniture placement soon). Since you know the measurements and of your furniture placement it should be easy. Now just place basic squares and rectangles and even circles around your room. If it's empty of course it's better but if it's not just mark corners around the room to have an idea.
You know why this is important? You can study flow of the room. Does the size you have right now give you enough wiggle room? Enough space to stretch out? To move around pieces? If the answer is NO to any of these. You can reduce the size of your existing pieces on the floor plan. That way you will have that space once replaced.
You know whats even better? These are simple suggestions that can be repeated until you have the right sizes and furniture config that best suits your lifestyle (#floorplan, #coordinate, #homedecor) next comes the decor to go with the furniture.
As a designer it's easy to see sometimes what is missing in a person's home. Knowing that, I also understand that it's not that simple for someone without proper background or prep. So I am trying to put together a few tips to make it happen. My home? It's about the art. Your next step is to figure what makes your home all about you?
The decor you choose should reflect that. The aesthetic that is you. Let's roll.
Cheers ~ Jezli
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