A floor plan helps you decide what to take when moving. Moving isn’t simply taking your bedroom set from your old home and relocating it to the new one. Drawing a floor plan early in your moving process can save you frustration because you will ensure the furniture you take with you fits in the new space.
A floor plan also helps movers stay organized and on schedule on moving day. You can hand the plan to your professional movers, who will follow it.
Here are some tips for preparing a floor plan.
Carefully measure each room in the new home. Also, note the position of each room’s windows, doors, electrical outlets, and lighting.
Create the Floor Plan
Draw a skeleton diagram of your new home.
You can draw a plan manually or use floor plan software. If you draw it out manually, determine the scale you’ll use first. For example, you might choose the scale of one inch equals five feet. Next, draw the walls, then add architectural features and appliances. Finally, label the rooms and begin to add furniture.
If you opt to use floor plan software, you’re in luck. Many software platforms allow you to see your floor plans in three dimensions. Some can also enable you to see features such as lighting. In addition, many platforms are free or have free trial periods that extend long enough for you to draw the floor plan you need.
Consider Your Furniture
Consider your current furniture and how it will fit in each room. Measurements are essential, but the flow is also critical. You want to avoid repeatedly bumping into furniture as you cross the room.
Realize that some furniture may go in different rooms in your new house than in the old one. For example, consider a move from a three-bedroom home that has a large primary suite into a home with four smaller bedrooms, including a smaller primary suite. You might want to put some items from the primary bedroom into a nearby bedroom and create a sitting room or a dressing room.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Your lifestyle affects the ideal layout of your rooms. For example, you’ll want to place your home office in a well-lighted area if you work from home. You’ll want a smooth flow from the kitchen into the great room or dining room if you entertain regularly. If you exercise at home, you’ll want an open space equipped with weights, a treadmill, or a bike.
Families with small children will want to prioritize child safety. For example, consider anchoring furniture to the walls to prevent tip-overs and mounting your flat-screen TV.
Remember Other Items
Although furniture comprises most of the room, other items are also part of your floor plan. For example, consider where to put items such as plants, artwork, mirrors, and pet beds. Also, consider area rugs. The more detailed your plan is, the easier your moving day will be.
Pro Mover Assistance
To help ensure your move is as easy and stress-free as possible, contact us as soon as possible. We can advise you as you develop your floor plans and determine which furniture items will make the move.