How to Arrange Furniture on Paper

Have you every wanted to rearrange you furniture, but were afraid to waste all that time moving your furniture to hate the arrangement or have things not fit right?  Here is my simple and inexpensive solution:  arrange your furniture on graph paper.  All you need is graph paper, pencil/pen, and a tape measure.graph paper floor planMeasure you room and graph it onto the paper, on my example 2 squares equal one foot.  Don’t forget to mark the windows and doors.  I also like to mark electrical outlet, cable outlets and phone jacks.

Now you’ll need to measure and graph your furniture using the same scale as you room drawing, for this example: 2 squares equals one foot.  Cut that furniture out and start arranging! 

I have got a bit of a problem, my furniture is to big for my space.  New furniture is not in the budget and I have to get this stuff to fit.  I have three different options:

graph paper floor plan 1Option 1 – Sofa floating in the middle of living room and not really room for end tables.

graph paper floor plan 2  Option 2 – Flipping living room and dining room.  There are no outlets or cable outlets where I have put the entertainment center and I would have to run cords!  Living room is basically just leftover furniture storage.

graph paper floor plan 3 Option 3 – Entertainment center blocks half of French doors and one built in, plus cords would have to be run as there are, once again, no outlets.

The long term solution is to move the entertainment center and sofa to the basement, where we are planning to have a family room and buy new, smaller furniture for upstairs.  I am not ready to do that yet and I would like to have our TV on the main floor for now, what do you think would be the best way to arrange everything?  I don’t have to use all of the furniture, but we need to have places to sit.


Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I love how you did this-I'll be linking! We're getting ready to rearrange my office, I can't wait to give this a shot.

crafterella said...

Thanks Rachel, they make expensive products that are basically the same thing and this was free, I had everything on hand! I can also save the furniture pieces and floor plans for the next time I need to arrange furniture. It is also a good tool to take with you when you're shopping for furniture.

Pam said...

I really need to try this for my sad LR, which is more of a wide hallway from the front door to the back patio. No corners and only two places to park the sofa. *sigh*

Hopefully your graph paper suggestion will show an idea I haven't yet come up with!

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