I love home decorating. I’ve always loved it, ever since I was a little girl. I remember that, when we moved into our first apartment together, my husband and I would spend hours planning out the space and then shopping for furniture together. It was so much fun! As we got busier with jobs and school, however, we stopped doing that as much—and it makes sense: there’s only so much time in the day! But over time, we realized something: while it might be less fun than it used to be now that we have less free time (and more stuff), having a home that looks nice is still important and useful. So here are some tips on how to make your space planning simpler:
Avoid the urge to buy things before you’re sure they’ll fit in your space.
When you’re trying to find a spot for your new sofa or bed, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying new furniture. But before you do, make sure that the piece will actually fit where you want it to go. If not, there are some options:
- You could move the piece around until it works out perfectly; however, this can be difficult if there isn’t much room in your house and/or if furniture pieces are heavy or awkward. Plus, moving things around constantly may cause wear-and-tear on both flooring and walls (especially if they aren’t well padded).
- You could sell or donate the item instead of storing it somewhere else because neither option is ideal either–and don’t forget about delivery costs!
Make a list of what you need and what you want, but be realistic with each item on your list.
When you’re making a list of what you need and what you want, be realistic with each item on your list. Don’t forget about ergonomics! If a chair or sofa is too large for the space, it won’t fit right when it’s delivered. Make sure to measure before shopping for furniture so that everything fits into your home comfortably.
And don’t forget about floor plans! It’s important to lay out all of the furniture before buying anything so that there aren’t any surprises when it comes time to move in–or worse yet, pay extra money because something didn’t fit through an unexpected doorway or narrow hallway (true story).
Take measurements and create a floor plan before you go shopping.
Before you go shopping, take measurements and create a floor plan. If you’re like me, this is the most dreaded part of furniture shopping. But it doesn’t have to be!
The first thing I do when I’m making my way around the store is to measure each room to figure out how much space I have available for furniture placement and then draw up a rough sketch of what kind of layout will work best with my space constraints. You may not know exactly which pieces will look best together until after seeing them in person (and sometimes even then), but at least having some sort of idea helps narrow down your options before heading into the showroom so that when something catches your eye there’s no hesitation or second-guessing in buying it because “it might fit.”
Be prepared to use furniture that’s in good condition that you already have in your home.
- Don’t be afraid to use your existing furniture that’s in good condition.
- Don’t get rid of furniture just because it’s old or doesn’t match the new space. If you have a table that is made from solid wood, don’t throw it out because it doesn’t match the color scheme of your new living room. You’ll never find another table like this one again!
Don’t forget about ergonomics when making your plans.
Ergonomics is the study of how people interact with their environment. It’s a field that has been around since 1857, but it wasn’t until 1960 that it became defined as “the science and art of designing equipment, devices and systems for human use.”
Ergonomic furniture can help you be more productive in your home office and prevent back pain. There are several types of chairs available on the market: executive office chairs, mesh task chair (or mesh chair), rolling desk chair and more!
Space planning doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you follow some simple steps before you start looking at furniture.
Before you go shopping, make a list of what you need and what you want. Then take measurements and create a floor plan. This way, when it comes time to buy furniture, everything will fit perfectly into your space.
Be prepared to use furniture that’s in good condition that you already have in your home or can borrow from friends or family members. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t exactly what you had planned on getting–the point is being able to move into your new place!
Don’t forget about ergonomics when making your plans; for example: does the couch face away from the TV so everyone can see? Is there enough lighting throughout the room?
There you have it! We hope that this article has given you some ideas on how to make your next space planning session easier and less stressful. Remember not to rush into buying things before you’ve taken the time to plan out what will fit in your home and how much room they’ll take up. Also remember that if all else fails, there are plenty of websites out there with helpful tools like ours that can help guide you through this process step by step!