Julia's Floorplan: Designing the Dining Room

Julia's Floorplan: Designing the Dining Room

Julia Brenner
Aug 8, 2013

Dining Room Dimensions: 16'5" x 10'6"

My floor plan is pretty straightforward because our dining room is a basic rectangle and the room is quite empty right now. I used the floor plan to get a sense of what size rug to buy and where a hutch or bookshelf might work best. Pretty handy visual tool!

If you didn't see my "Before" pics from Monday's post, this is a shot of what the room looks like now — pretty barren. To make a floor plan of how I'd like the room to look post-redo, I found a very user-friendly app called House Design (*normally I'd just draw out a floor plan, but since I'm sharing it here and don't have a scanner, I went the hi-tech route). Ok! So the floor plan tool helped to map out a few key changes:

  • Rug size: Originally I thought a 5 x 7 was a possibility but that was way off. I reviewed our recent rug size post (via Emily Henderson) and that helped me check myself before I wrecked myself. The current plans show the dining room with a 7 x 11 sized rug, which looks like it will work nicely. The only downside is that 7 x 11 rugs are always SO much more expensive, but I'm pretty good at scouting obscure places and digging for sales, so hopefully there's a big, lonely marked-down rug out there that needs a home.    

  • Bookshelf/hutch. We definitely need another piece of accent furniture in the room, and a shelf will serve a functional and decorative purpose. Seeing it on the floor plan helped clarify the best placement, and was also helpful in thinking about shelf dimensions.

  • Extra chairs. While we don't have the dinner parties I imagined, we do have people over enough that we're regularly dragging out folding chairs. I'd like to have a couple proper extra chairs in the room, and I think if they're hip they would look nice flanking the radiator. 
Overall, the floor plan is getting me excited about visualizing a warm, inviting dining room. Back to treasure hunting on Ebay and Craigslist...

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