Graph paper is available in different sizes, which can make planning easier.
When planning, designing or decorating a space, a scale model can be extremely helpful. Graph paper, with its built-in grid system, is a tool that will help you create a scale model of a space. By making use of the rooms true measurements and the papers grid, you can create a scale model of each area of the room you are working on.
Measure the perimeter of the room you are decorating. Get the exact length and width, and be sure to include any jogs, bump-outs or closets.
Tape together a few sheets of graph paper; depending on the size of the room, you may need more or less paper to create the design.
Designate a scale key for the graph paper. This can vary from room to room and project to project, depending on the size. Smaller rooms can work with smaller numbers, while larger rooms need larger numbers. Assign one number to be the number of square inches per square of paper. For example, you may decide that the scale for a large room should be 10 inches per square, while a smaller room needs 5 inches per square. This key will help you keep the room and all its contents in proportion with one another.
Draw the perimeter of the room on the graph paper using your scale. If your room is 100 inches long and you have designated a scale of 5 inches per square, you will draw a room that is 20 squares long. Include any jogs or bump-outs to the best of your ability.
Measure each wall of the room. Take into account any windows, wall sconces and wall outlets. Map out each room on the graph paper using the same scale as the floor plan. Include the locations of the windows, sconces and outlets. If this is a kitchen or bathroom, include the locations of any fixtures, such as cabinets, sinks and toilets.
Measure your furnishings, or get the measurements of furnishings you intend to purchase. Sketch them to scale on a spare piece of graph paper and cut them out. Tape the edges of each model to help preserve them.
Place your scale furnishings on the scale models of the rooms. You can move them around, change their orientation and position them to help you get a better sense of how they will sit in the space.
Plan out details like floor and wall tile by drawing the patterns to scale on the floor and wall layouts of the graph paper. Locate the position of any lights on the ceilings of the room and note their position on the floor plan. If you know the location of the switches, you can draw a line from the light fixture to the switches to make a light plan for the room as well.
Graph paper can be easily colored if you need additional visual cues. You can also shrink photographs to fit your scale and cut out pictures of furnishings, rugs and tile patterns and tape them into place if you need additional visual help.
Sarabeth Asaff has worked in and has written about the home improvement industry since 1995. She has written numerous articles on art, interior design and home improvements, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design. A member in good standing with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Asaff has working knowledge of all areas of home design.
Asaff, Sarabeth. How to Design Your Own Room on Graph Paper.
Asaff, Sarabeth. (n.d.). How to Design Your Own Room on Graph Paper.
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