How To Plan the Perfect Home Layout
Moving into a new home is a stressful and emotional time; first you have to find the home of your dreams (or as close to it as physically possible), then you have to find the funds to buy it and then finally you have to move all of your worldly possessions from one place to another, taking special care not to leave anything behind or break anything. It’s no wonder so many people moving home either end up with splitting headaches or in tears in the corner.
Unfortunately, this article isn’t going to alleviate the stresses of moving home – in fact, it’s going to add one more stress on. Specifically, this stress is going to be efficiently planning the rooms in your home. It’s yet another stressful but important part of moving home that occasionally gets neglected – a neglect which leads to more work down the line.
Fear not, however, because we’re not just going to load a stress like that on you and leave you to it. Instead we’re going to talk you through some very quick tips on laying out each room for maximum comfort and efficiency, alleviating some of that stress and making your new home a much nicer place to be in the long run. In the meantime, grab a pen, notepad and a cup of tea…
One of the most important rooms in the house, getting the layout of your bedroom right is essential to getting decent rest and relaxation. The key to designing a good bedroom (and a common theme throughout these tips) is determining how much space you have to work with. Get an accurate measurement of the floorspace of the room and draw a rough sketch. From this, you can work with the various measurements of your furniture to determine what goes where.
Remember not to clutter too much as this can make a room look smaller and consider the essentials; a bed and storage such as a wardrobe and drawers. Anything else can be omitted if needs be. Also remember to keep any natural sources of light unblocked to maximise the room space!
The most practical room in the home, designing an ideal kitchen layout comes down to striking a fine balance between aesthetics and practicality. In general, you should adhere to the kitchen work triangle layout which dictates that the cooker, kitchen sink and fridge should be set out in a triangle formation for maximum efficiency. Work around this triangle to set out all your other appliances. Account for storage of cutlery, crockery and pans – if you don’t have enough cupboard space, consider on-wall hooks for a rustic twist!
Perhaps the most difficult room to set out because of it’s lack of a distinct purpose, getting the layout of a living room right is largely dependent on personal preference – as such, it’s usually the room that gets changed around most often! However, it’s still important to keep in mind the design basics; don’t over clutter the room as this will affect the perception of size, as will blocking natural light sources. Also make sure the room is easy to get around; it’s always a good idea to leave a big space in the middle for guests and ease of access.
So there you have it, a potted guide to planning some of the rooms in your home. Keep this tips in mind and you shouldn’t go far wrong when planning your new home. And remember, every problem you encounter has a practical solution – even if that solution is calling in a professionally qualified interior designer!