Floor plans may seem unnecessary, but in my opinion they're a little work upfront in order to prevent a ton of hassle (think about the logistics of returning a 350 lb. dining room table) in the long run.
Here's what you'll find in there, and how you can start playing around with floor plans today:
Slide 1: Basic Room
This basic layout represents a room with the dimensions 11 ft x 14 ft. In order to scale the room onto a powerpoint page (of 8.5 inches x 11 inches), I divided by a factor of 20. To do that, I took the dimensions in inches: 132 inches x 168 inches. I then divided each by 20 to get 6.6 inches x 8.4 inches, which could fit on a powerpoint page. I plugged those numbers in for the dimensions of the main room box, and now I have my basic room!
If your room dimensions are different, do the math, and adjust the size of your rectangle in powerpoint.
Slide 2: Rugs
Just like the room, I took the standard rug sizes, converted them to inches, and then divided by 20 to scale them to the floor plan I created. Depending on your own room, a dividing factor of 20 may not work. If that's the case, the important thing to remember is that the dividing factor (whether it be 20 or 28 or 14) must be used for all items in that room.
Test out different rug sizes by copying and pasting these rugs into your sample room.
Slide 3: Beds
Ever wonder how crammed your bedroom would be if you upgraded to a king sized bed? Wonder no more. Here are placeholders for each standard bed size so you can visualize your room with each bed option.
Slide 4: Living Room
There's a large range in actual dimensions for living room furniture. But for the sake of creating a template, I pulled in some average sizes. But before you buy any furniture, double check dimensions and adjust the furniture in this floor plan accordingly.
Slide 5: Dining Room
As with living room furniture, dining room tables also vary considerably. The number of people who can sit around the table comfortably will also be impacted by the legs of the table and size of the chairs. Look up the dimensions of furniture you're interested in, and plug in your numbers!
Slides 6-8: Sample Rooms
In case you're still not seeing quite how to put all these items together, the next three slides show you how to combine the basic room with rugs and furniture to see a completed room. But I encourage you to play around with the floor plans and make them your own!
Keep in mind, some of these items may need to be rotated in order to fit in your room. That's easy to do in powerpoint. Just find the little green circle when you hover over a shape, click and hold while you rotate the piece appropriately.
And as always, if you have any questions or need any help, send me an email! I'd be happy to put something together for you if you send me dimensions. Happy planning :)