Space and floor planning is an important phase in the process of interior design. You risk generating a design that is not ideal without sufficient space planning and does not function effectively for your customer.
The key to good design work begins with the objective of space design. It is your role, as a professional, to ask all the proper questions and to acquire all the information necessary to design the functional space for your customer.
You may build a well-balanced, easily navigated, and lovely area by thorough analysis together with fundamental design concepts.
Effective space planning strategies for designing more efficient areas are given below:
1. Identification and definition of zones
First things – you must identify zones according to the function of space even before you start creating. Ask your customer about the main purposes of the area. For example, when you design a kitchen, you ask your customers how many times they cook, how many people do cook, whether they usually cook together, whether they have children, whether they prefer to eat in the kitchens, or whether they prefer a dedicated dining area, the type of shelter they need, the equipment they need, etc.
Asking these questions helps you understand the main function of the room and makes defining individual areas easier for you.
2. Avoid space blockage
Easy circulation in a home is (or ought to be) a priority and a fundamental component of designing space. If it is difficult to navigate, a room cannot be deemed functional. As a designer, you have to ensure that there are no impediments to passageways and that the space between structures is sufficiently pleasant to stroll or work.
When creating a kitchen, for instance, you must follow particular measuring criteria to provide a flawless experience. Before your design is carried out, the distance between countertops, appliances, and the sink must be assessed for best outcomes.
3. Better lighting
The maximization of light in the area is another part of efficient space planning. You may achieve this by adding or changing windows or just by ensuring that the area has enough artificial light. When you add windows, please ensure that they are in the appropriate direction to allow as much sunshine as possible (unless the client prefers indirect sunlight). Make sure you lay it to the proper brightness if you add artificial light.
4. Strategic placement
Strategic placement is crucial for outlets and switches. When you create your design, you need to consider how many gadgets, lighting, and other devices may be connected. Asking your customers what space they utilise can help them calculate how many outlets and switches your design needs. You can create your plans and set the power and cable connectors halfway across the wall if you create a living room and your customer has planned to install its TV on the wall. Your customer will therefore not have to bother about pushing a hole in the wall to fish the wires.
5. Using a software
A floor plan software is the most simple and precise technique to build a project design. You may generate full-floor layouts including electrical layouts using advanced tools for space planning. You can also see your ideas in 3D and present them to your customers before going further to envision their space better and tell them if they wish to make adjustments.