Right now, I’m starting to plan a major remodel of my kitchen. While I’m not planning to start work right away, the first step is just figuring out what I want to do and a budget for it. Especially for a project this big, but even for a smaller event like buying new furniture, drawing out a floorplan can really help visualize the space.
I’ve also found that it helps me see the space more objectively and find new solutions that I don’t see while looking at the actual room.
- Graph paper (.5″ squares) – several sheets
- Tape Measure
- Ruler or straight edge
- Fine point sharpie or other black marker
- Measure Room. I draw a rough outline of the room (not to scale) so I can easily fill in each wall as I go. Measure all permanent walls, windows, doors, etc. If considering current furniture, measure those too.
- With a pencil draw out the room per your measurements above. Standard floor plans use a scale of 1/2 inch = 1 foot. 1/2-inch square graph paper will make this easy. Start with one wall and go out from there. Hopefully everything will line up when you get to the other side of the room! (usually, I screw up somewhere and have to go remeasure something I either forgot or wrote down wrong!)
- With a pen, trace the permanent/outer walls and add measurements
- Optional step – scan floor plan with only outer walls into the computer. Then I can print and draw as many versions of my new kitchen as I want.
- Use a pencil to draw in your changes (for kitchens – counters are typically 24″ deep, and you need about 3′ for any walkway)
- If you are rearranging furniture, trace out furniture on separate piece of graph paper. Trace outline in black pen and label what it is. Cut out and use to move around room.