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DIY Room Layout Design

DIY Room Layout Design

Dining room to living room view of a farmhouse
Written by Victoria Van Vlear

If you aren’t hiring a professional designer or architect for your room refresh or remodel, you’ll have to figure out the room layout yourself. Here’s how to do it.

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Draw the Room Layout

What You’ll Need:

  • Tape measure
  • Graph paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Sticky notes
  • Scissors
Countertop with graph paper and drawing and calculating tools for diy room layout
Gather the supplies you need, and then get drawing!

What You’ll Do:

1. Take your measurements. Measure the dimensions of the room, including items like windows and doors.

2. On your graph paper, draw out the room dimensions with the ruler. Use the boxes of the graph paper as a scale. For example, every box could represent 2 or 3 inches.

3. Sketch in items like the windows and doors. For doors, make sure you include and arc for the space the door takes to open and close. This will be your base.

4. To determine the room’s layout, use sticky notes to create the dimensions of pieces of furniture, such as a sofa, dining table or area rug. Use the same scale as the graph paper, but draw these furniture items on the sticky part of the sticky notes.

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A woman makes coffee in a modern farmhouse kitchen

5. Move the furniture pieces around on your graph paper to look at the room layout and make any changes you want. Is there enough room between the furniture for people to walk through to the next room? Do you need to choose a bigger (or smaller) area rug to work with your furniture arrangement? Changes like this will make the room layout work well functionally.

6. If you need to figure out other elements, such as a gallery wall, use the same graph paper method to draw a side view of the wall in question, then put in art, furniture, etc.


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