3 questions to ask when designing a space:
- How are you going to use this space? If it’s a living or dining room you want to make sure you’ve accounted for the right amount of seating or surfaces to place drinks, especially if you plan to entertain a lot. Is the TV really important to you and will you have the right viewing angles around the room? Do you need storage space or furniture? Knowing the primary function of the space will help you determine what type of furniture to buy and how many pieces.
- What kind of lighting do you need? This question follows closely after the first. How you use the space will also determine what type of lighting you need. Do you only need general overhead lighting? Do you need task lighting for reading or other activities? If so, do you have adequate space for floor lamps or the right furniture in the right place for putting table lamps on? If it is a bedroom are your nightstands and lamps tall enough to give you the right amount of light for reading in bed?
- What is the traffic flow of the room? Do you have major walkways that need to be left clear of furnishings and obstacles? Do you have to have access to doors, windows, or storage? Are many people coming and going frequently? Where are the high traffic areas? Identifying traffic patterns will help ensure you don’t end up placing furniture in high traffic areas or end up with furniture that is too large and sticks out in the wrong places or blocks walkways. If you ever find yourself bumping into furniture more often than not, reevaluate your room’s layout.
- Major walkways – 3 feet minimum but I like to maximize this whenever possible to give a more spacious feeling. Example of a major walkway is the entrance and exit to a room or the main path for crossing a room.
- Minor walkways – 2 feet. Examples of a minor walkway is the path to walk into a furniture grouping such as sofa and chairs or path around a dining table between the backs of chairs and the walls.
- Dining area – Ideally each person has about 2 feet of space at the table and 3 feet from the table to sit or push the chair back from the table.
- Living area – Distance between a sofa and coffee table is minimum 1 foot in order to pass through but maximum 1.5 feet to 2 feet so you can still reach the table to put down your drink.
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