Decorating & Design

April 13, 2011

Room Layout Planner

Taking the time to properly lay out a room is so crucial to the design and decorating process. Too often my friends, family (and, sadly, myself) get excited over a furniture find only to bring it home and realize the item is too big, too small, or simply not “just right.” When I stumbled upon The Urban Barn Make Room Planner, I knew I had to share it with you all.

This free web program lets you create floor plans using their premade layouts, or start from scratch using your own room dimensions. Then, you can drop in chairs, beds, dressers, dining tables, rugs and more, and change the size of each object. You can also rotate an item, give it height, colour, and link it to a webpage. So cool!

Even better, you can include structural items like outlets, windows and doors, along with kitchen appliances and workout equipment. You can drop in Urban Barn furniture, too.

As you can see here, you get to include inspiration photos in the background. I quickly put in my bedroom dimensions and a few of the main items I’d like to include to test out the program — and yes, I have a lot of doors in there.

So, go on and give it a try — it’s an easy way to discover all the neat options for your space, and it’ll make room planning that much easier. Save, print and export your file when you’re finished. Don’t forget to bring along your measuring tape and room plans when you go out, too. You never know when you’ll stumble upon something that could work in your home.

For more design and decorating tools, visit our DIY & Home Improvement section.

Photo credits:
Urban Barn