Design Tip: Start With A Floor Plan

Earlier this year I started working for an Interior Designer. I was surprised to see that before any decisions about style, color palettes or accessories happened, the most important starting point with any client was the floor plan:

So often I start moving furniture around without really thinking about the big picture, I just want to see it in real life the way I'm picturing it. Having the patience to sit down and actually lay out a floorplan to see how things will fit is often out of my realm of possibility. But I've seen now, over and over how important it is in deciding what is actually needed. You can see quickly and easily: there's space for 4 chairs, not 5, the dining table will fit but not with the built in cabinets we were thinking of, the door will not be able to swing open if we buy the credenza we were thinking of.

So I've started mocking up my own, albeit more rudimentary versions to help myself along. Here are some tips and resources for making floorplans:

Online Floor Plan Tools
Floor Plan Software
9 Month Cure: The Floorplan
How To: Make A Floorplan
How To: Make a Pocket Sized Floorplan