How To Spatial Plan Your Interior Rooms

What is spatial planning? It essentially means how you are organising your space so that it functions for you. While it may be fun to create a space that’s good to look at, if it doesn’t work in real life then it’s not going to be of any use! There are 2 main facets of spatial planning – function & measurements.

If we start with the function of the room consider what you are using the room for and what the key item is in that room. For example, in a bedroom, the key item will obviously be a bed; in a living room the sofa, in a dining room the dining table and in a study the desk and so on. Take this key item and figure out roughly what size it will be. For example, a king size mattress is 180 x 200 cm – use these measurements to place around the item. This way you’ll be able to figure out what other bits of furniture you can have in the room. Try using masking tape to lay out the items measurements on the floor to get a feel for the size in person.


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Moving onto measurements. This is referring to measurements between and around all your items and possessions. For example, what is sufficient distance for a walkway between pieces of furniture / furniture and walls? How much space does a door need to open? In general, we recommend about 60cm of space between pieces of furniture as enough room to use as a walkway. Keep this in mind as you begin to choose more furniture to design your room. Another important measurement to consider is the width of your door(s). Why? Well you’ll need to be aware of how wide they are so you can check that any furniture you order is able to fit through.

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You will want to avoid getting furniture hoisted through a window as it’s an unnecessary cost that can be avoided. Sofas in particular are the one to look out for. Measure the height of your sofa – if it’s less than the width of your door, you’ll be able to fit it on it’s side through the door, however do be aware of a sofa’s length and any tight corners you may have.


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