How to Grid a Room


Rearranging a room or purchasing new furniture is a daunting task when you don't know if certain pieces fit. Professional designers and many do-it-yourself types rely on room grids to plan out a project. Room grids give an exact, scaled-down measurement of the project room. Scaled-down furniture allows you to place objects in different locations and determine the best placement for items. Room grids are three-dimensional, making it easier to find the best location for furniture and other room items.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Grid paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Print a grid template and furniture templates from your computer. Copenhagen, Simpler Pleasures and Community Playthings all offer several furniture templates to use when designing or arranging your rooms. When printing the grid template, ensure your margins are set to 1/4 inch or smaller and print the page as 100 percent.

  • Draw doors, windows and permanent objects on the grid. Most room grids use a key or lines to represent the square footage. On the Simpler Pleasures grid, dark or red lines indicate four-foot sections. The light or yellow lines indicate half-foot sections. Measure the permanent objects before drawing them on the grid for accurate representation. On the Copenhagen Furniture grid, 1/4 of each square indicates one foot.

  • Cut out the different furniture templates you need to position in the room. Arrange the pieces until you are satisfied with how the room looks. Using furniture pieces gives the room grid a three-dimensional feel, and allows you to view several arrangement options.

  • Tape or glue the pieces in their final locations. Securing the furniture pieces to the paper keeps the items in place while you are moving furniture and other items into place. It also keeps the pieces in place in case the grid is dropped.

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