Using an Apartment Floor Plan to Decorate Your Apartment

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Using an Apartment Floor Plan to Decorate Your Apartment

Jordan Gaither · Jan 16, 2010

You can save yourself an unbelievable amount of hassle by using your apartment floorplan to decide how you’re going to decorate your place before you even move in. Without one of these, you’ll spend the majority of your move-in day deciding where all your furniture will go, on which wall, how far into the room, at what angle to the windows, etc, etc. Do yourself a favor, obtain a copy of your floor plan from your apartment manager and mark on it where everything will go before the big day.

Big Furniture – Couches, Armchairs, etc.

Analyze the floor plan for places to put your biggest pieces of furniture first, and draw out your intended destinations for them on a copy of the floor plan itself. Beds, couches, love seats, armchairs and dining tables all take up a significant amount of floor space, and so you should spend some time choosing wisely where to put them. Take into account any lamps or other electric appliances you’d like near these large pieces of furniture; aligning them against a wall will allow you to use a nearby wall socket discretely, whereas putting them in the middle of a room will necessitate ugly cords trailing across the ground.

Take things like where guests will sit and your daily routine into account when deciding how and where to place furniture. If you expect lots of house guests, plan on having lots of sitting room that is friendly and encourages conversation. If you have an entertainment center, be sure to situate your large sitting furniture around it in a way that works best for your lifestyle. For example, if you often have people over, having the furniture face the entertainment center directly might discourage conversation, whereas having it at too wide an angle will distort the picture of your TV. Careful placement will guarantee enjoyment for all, without sacrificing either picture quality or the ease of interpersonal exchange.

Medium FurnitureBookshelves, End Tables, etc.

Once your big furniture is situated, draw in the locations of your smaller pieces of urban decoration, like bookshelves and end tables. While these still take up space in your apartment, they’re not nearly as encroaching as the larger pieces, and are generally much easier to move around if you don’t like where they ended up. Again, take into account the position of electrical sockets near these pieces, as they apply to any lights or other electrical devices you need powered without exposing the cords more than you have to.

Small Furniture – Rugs, Garbage Cans, etc.

Finally, for maximum move-in efficiency, you can use your floor plan to sketch out the placement of area rugs, doormats, bathroom rugs, computers, non-central TVs, garbage cans and other small, lightweight items.

With your completed floor plan of furniture placement, you can approach your move-in day in confidence, knowing that every stick of furniture has a defined destination. If you’re using movers, you can show them the floor plan, and they will take your furniture to exactly where you’d like it to be.

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Jordan Gaither: I’m a Communications major by trade, an artist by choice, a welder by day and a dancer by night (Okay, I made that last part up). Having lived in a succession of cramped, oddly-shaped apartments, I have a wealth of personal experience in apartment living, as well as arranging and decorating to maximize effect and livable space.

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