HOW TO DRAW A FLOOR PLAN
As a Design Consultant, there have been occasions where my clients have had to provide the measurements of their space to me either because the location was not local or it was eDesign project.
Here is a handy guideline to follow when taking measurement for your next design project.
To get started a quick sketch does the trick if you do not have printed floor plans of your space! All of this information will help to create a design with pieces that fit perfectly into your space.
Room Measurement Basics
Be sure your metal tape measure is at least 25 ft. Fifty feet is better. And it's always a good idea to have a friend help you measure. The measurement will be more accurate when two can hold the tape straight. You can also use a laser measure tool but you will need the tape measure for shorter areas as well.
1. Step one is to draw a sketch on graph or blank paper of all architectural details of your space. This includes windows, doorways, fireplace, openings, etc.
2. Using a tape measure, measure along the baseboard the length of one wall, from one corner of the room to another.
3. Measure the remaining walls the same way you measured the first. Most rooms have four walls, but if you’re measuring an L-shaped room, you have more to measure. Be sure to include every wall in your sketch!
4. Measure the room’s doorways and other entries. Note whether the door opens into or out of the room. Don’t forget to measure the distances of all openings to hallways and open archways!
5. Measure the height of the room from floor to ceiling, and include heights of key openings too if they will affect the layout.
6. Determine the size of the windows by measuring the window frame from outside edge to outside edge. Be sure to include the measurement from the window (on each side) to the corner of the wall (or next window or opening).
7. Measure any and all architectural features, including fireplaces, brackets, shelves, and any other built-in features.
8. Note where heat and air conditioning ducts, radiators, coverings for electric wires and plumbing pipes, and exposed pipes are located. (This step is optional, but encouraged if there are any “obstacles” that could affect the design.)
9. Take a photo of the measurement floor plan or scan it and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE is a link to the ICOVIA image above if you’d like to input your floor plan in there.
Icovia Code: 38c3232214817b5ee
• NOTE: Any furniture you buy should have some clearance around it and should be at least 4 inches less than the passage measurements. This will allow you or the furniture delivery people to move it easily.
This is a basic guide to get you started in your design planning stage.
If you are local to the Wantagh area and are in need of assistance with your next design project reach out to us HERE. We’d love to help you get started!