We’ve all either been there or witnessed the scene unfold on television or in a movie. You understand, that scene when a household piles in the car ready for what appears to be always a trip of some length. As the car leaves the driveway someone turns to Dad (usually driving) and inquires about directions with their destination. In a voice just much more confident than Envelopes for gift cards is necessary the father figure replies they will not need to worry as he knows exactly how to get where they’re going. Sadly we all know that this scene usually ends with the household stranded in some dark and foreboding location with Dad still convinced he knows where he’s going.
Modern GPS technology has all but eliminated this archetypal scene from current film or television situations but the larger issue remains. In many very modern situations, GPS notwithstanding, making a real mess of things can still result when adequate planning is forgotten or ignored.
Such may be the case with DIY home decorating projects, the topic of my thoughts today. A quick stop by at a few of the growing industries hottest online chat and advice rooms will turn up a shockingly large quantity of questions which have regarding spacial layouts, furniture arrangement, room organization and scale, proportion and size questions. One pleading post simply said (after offering a photo of a small living room and a much too big sofa) “please, can anyone help me arrange my living room so that our new sofa will fit “.Sadly, in this instance, even a shoe-horn would not help.
So what’s a self-empowered, modern homeowner to do?
In a phrase I’d say’plan ‘, which in this instance means create a scaled floor plan of the room involved and, in similar fashion, measure any and all existing furniture pieces you intend to place in the room. If your situation requires the addition of new furniture to the room the same applies; measure first, purchase second. Only after understanding, written down, the ramifications of the over-sized sofa could you proceed with full confidence knowing so it will both fit and look attractive in a balanced and pleasing manner.
Many will protest that this type of floor-plan is for professionals and that mere mortals can’t aspire to aspire to such technically challenging tasks. To the I say phooey.
Listed here are three options (the first two are free) to place in the hands a floor plan you’ll need to begin your decorating project on solid ground:
1. Graph Paper and a Straight Edge. This old-fashioned method still works, if you are in a pinch. Graph paper is marked in quarter-inch increments. Have a measuring tape and walk the length and width of your room. Count boxes on the graph paper to coincide with the measurements recorded from your own measuring tape. A straightforward rectangle or square will suffice but provides you with documentation of the space you have. Smaller squares and rectangles will represent your existing furniture pieces and very quickly you may have an accurate representation of your room. Study this. Commit this to memory and make no plans or purchases without consulting your plan.