How to Create a Floor Plan

In search of some home decorating tips? We have many, but here’s one you need to know before you buy furniture: measure, measure, measure!

There’s nothing more disappointing than having new furniture delivered to your home only to realize it doesn’t quite work as you had imagined, or it simply doesn’t fit. Ensure your new furniture is the right size and scale by measuring the space before you shop.

Use our helpful floor plan grid and scaled furniture cutouts to mock up a layout of your room. Mark off windows and doorways, and remember to measure your doorways to ensure your furniture can fit through the door. Also, consider how you want to arrange the main pieces of furniture around the room’s focal point, such as a fireplace. Create balance with a mix of heavy and light pieces around the room and keep major traffic areas open.

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