Room Layouts: How to Make the Most of Your Space

September 20, 2017

Designing the layout of a room is an incredibly fun prospect. Looking at your space and seeing the endless possibilities, however, can be daunting. Even more so if you know you’ll be spending most of your time in the room or often hosting guests there. That being said, it’s important to have great room layouts that turn all the rooms of your home into something that will elevate your mood.

Here are a few steps to help you make the most of your space and build a great room layout:

1. Measure Your Space

The most basic first step, though easily forgotten, is taking measurements. Math isn’t fun for everyone, but in this scenario, it is essential! You need to know how much space is available in the room. Make sure to write down the dimensions of the room you are designing: length, width, and height. After you’ve gotten your measurements, then you can begin with layout design

You wouldn’t want to become attached to a design only to realize that you won’t be able to fit everything! This is especially likely when you have to fit all your furniture and equipment into one space.

But, with some careful measurements and planning, you can pull it off. You’ll be able to create a comfortable room where everything you need is within reach!

2. Stick to One or Two Focal Points

Decide on one or two focal points. The focal points are like centerpieces of the room – they catch the eye. A fireplace, for example, is a good focal point. It will help to have a fixed point to work around instead of chaotically dropping furniture wherever it fits.

3. Consider Traffic Flow

Consider the flow of traffic. How often will people be moving through the room? Where do they enter/exit? Take your doors and windows into account, and set your furniture accordingly. Make sure you and your guests can move across the room without barriers.

4. Allow for Floating Furniture

Pushing all of your furniture against the wall creates a lot of central emptiness. This works well in a playroom or another room where you need a lot of open space in the middle. However, it can make the room look very barren. By allowing for floating furniture, that which is not pushed up against a wall and is positioned around a focal point, you can create a more dynamic and interesting space.

5. Use Zones to Your Advantage

Create zones to keep everything neat and organized. Zones make a big difference in a room, especially if it is large enough to encompass multiple uses or is considered a “great room”. Great Rooms encompass an open floor plan to combine the living room, dining room, and sometimes even the kitchen into one “room”.

In situations like this, compartmentalizing your furniture into zones is even more important in creating an attractive, and functional, room layout. This is something to consider when evaluating including a breakfast room vs formal dining room, or both, for your custom home design.

It can be a daunting task to plan the room layouts in your custom home, especially if you’re dealing with very little or a lot of space. With patience, and the proper eye, you will find many ways to make the most of your space.