Beginners: How To Create The Best Home Floor Plan

Couple relaxing on a couchChoosing a floor plan for your new house or apartment is important because your decision will have an impact on your comfort level at home. Once you’ve selected a plan that works with your lifestyle, furnishing the space is the next challenge. If you are actively looking for a place to rent or buy, we suggest taking a weekend to research various options in plans and furnishings.

Here are some tips to consider when it comes to selecting a floor plan:

      • How much space do you need? Though single today, you might want to start a family in the next few years. Or perhaps you already have children. A floor plan should reflect the number of bedrooms and bathrooms needed, as well as the amount of space that will make everyone feel comfortable.
      • Personal style is key when it comes to choosing the right floor plan. Think about whether you like compartmentalized rooms or an open floor plan. Envision how your day-to-day activities around the house might impact your lifestyle.
      • Know that there is no perfect floor plan. There will be pros and cons for each option you consider, but decide which priorities you can live with or without.
      • Do not decide on a particular floor plan because the finishes blow you away. You can always buy a steel door or install nice countertops, but you cannot completely redo your floor plan without a substantial cost.
      • If you are planning to use some furniture you already have, envision how those pieces will work within a specific room.
      • As mentioned, while redoing a floor plan can add up, it is possible to make small modifications with a few basic power tools and materials.

Now that you have an idea of how to decide on a floor plan, let’s turn to tips on selecting furniture:

    • Before even considering designs, shapes, and colors, bear in mind that durable pieces are best if you do not want to switch out pieces often.
    • Choose a color scheme and use it across the room to maintain consistency in the overall look of the house.
    • Buy furniture in proportion to the size of the room instead of picking pieces and hoping that it will look good wherever you put it.
    • When furnishing a room that will be the center of social activities, such as a living room, opt for smaller pieces of furniture instead of a single large sofa. Smaller pieces can be moved around easily for various occasions.
    • Consider purchasing smaller pieces like coffee tables and side chairs in pairs to add uniformity to your space.
    • Pair a rug with a piece of furniture to add color and design, and give the room an extra boost of personality.