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Arrange Furniture More Easily: Create a scale drawing with movable furniture!

 I absolutely hate arranging and rearranging furniture.  I don't hate the end result of an attractive and functional living space, but I hate trying to figure it out the traditional way - you know, moving everything around over and over again, just to see how a different arrangement will look or work?  Yeah, I hate that.  And I hate the fact that sometimes I will just accept a half-baked or not very attractive or useful arrangement, simply because I'm tired of dragging stuff around.  But I don't want to be a hater - so let me tell you something I love!

I have discovered a relatively easy way to decide where to put my furniture - to experiment with different arrangements, to see how a particular arrangement will flow, work, and look - without having to call up a bunch of friends to help me (or drag the sofa back and forth by myself)!

Creating a scale drawing of the room you plan to rearrange (as well as scale cutouts of the furniture you will be arranging) takes a little time up front, but is worth it in the long run.

I have also used this technique upon first moving into an apartment, to decide where the furniture goes in the first place.  It is easier to measure the rooms before I have all my crap in them, in any case.  :-)

Okay - are you totally pumped for this?  Let's begin with Step 1 - Gathering Necessary Tools And Materials.  All right, let's move!
 
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This is how I arranged my whole apartment including the small stuff like the toaster.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who does this. Now I feel a little more sane. LOL!
pfred22 years ago
I've done the graph paper thing with the cut outs. This is better:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Design-a-workshop/

2D lets you fib too much.
kjeff30004 years ago
 I used to do models like this. I still have paper layouts that I did 15 years ago. It's definitely helpful, but if you have access to a computer, you really ought to try Google Sketchup. It allows you to do the same thing, but in more detail and in 3D. Good luck finding the perfect design!
not to mention for free :D
I use Sketchup for this a lot too
Great to see others do the same thing i"ve been doing years ago. I measured the top view of all my furniture and made blocks of it in AutoCAD. Of course i also measured the house up front and drafted that and then printed it all in scale. The nicest part of moving is handing the wife the drawings and telling her to knock herself out :-)
rimar20004 years ago
Sorry, but I just remembered an important detail: when doing the map of the room, don't forget to include, in addition to the openings, all electrical outlets, air conditioning equipment, fixed stoves, ceiling fans and anything else that might affect someone close to it or even the transit.
rimar20004 years ago
I have applied this method 37años ago, and I saw that on paper the distances are apparently smaller than in reality. In other words, something that seems impractical in the plane, in reality it is perfectly possible

Good instructable!
Yasonyacky (author)  rimar20004 years ago
 Thank you!  It was definitely a blast to make, and it's always been beneficial to me to use these.  Hope it is helpful to someone!

I think I will add language to this effect in Step 10, because you are right - it took me some getting used to the way the spacing appears on the page and the way it actually turns out in the room!  Thanks for the tip and reminder.
jtobako4 years ago
Don't forget to make a cutout of your, well, size and use it to check for spacing.  'Walk' your shape threw and see where problems might be-like the corner of a chair that you might keep hitting on the way in or out...
Yasonyacky (author)  jtobako4 years ago
 Hmmm... since it's a bird's eye view, where should one measure one's own circumference?  I'm guessing hips, but I don't have anything in my living room much taller than that.  What do you think?  I haven't thought this through yet...
Hips.  Where your feet go, your legs go and your hips follow.  Best would be an oval with your hips as the minor axis and your step length (or about half your height) as the major axis.
Yasonyacky (author)  jtobako4 years ago
 Ooh!  I like that idea!  I had never thought of that.  I will add that to step 9!  Thanks!  :-)
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