With accurate measurements of your room and furniture in hand, it’s time for the fun part: planning your layout!
One way to plan the layout is to get a piece of graph paper, with each square representing one square foot. Sketch an outline to indicate the walls of the room. Using another piece of graph paper, cut out shapes to represent the furniture. Lay those pieces over your room outline to see how well the furniture fits and how it looks in different positions. You can also use masking tape or another removable material, like stacks of books, in the room itself to demonstrate where you want to put each furniture item.
It may be tempting to buy your furniture first and then see how it fits in your living room. However, we recommend taking down the measurements of the pieces you want and then following the layout sketching or taping suggestions above to get a feel for how the furniture will fit in the room.
As you plan out your space and consider the furniture you want to include, keep in mind the following expert tips: