Feel like a room in your home isn’t quite fulfilling your needs? Perhaps your thoughts have turned to renovating the space. However before you make any decisions, it’s important to consider a number of key areas to ensure that you won’t come across issues at a later date.
Before buying any new furniture, it’s essential to know the room dimensions. Not only will this stop you purchasing disproportionate items but it may also determine your plans for the room. For example, too many large items will make a small area look cluttered and appear less roomy than it is, so mix it up with less bulky items.
With exact measurements of your room and its features, you’ll be better positioned to decide where each piece should go. It may be that some of their current spots are inconvenient. For example, the placement of your sofa may not allow for free movement or it could be blocking radiators so you can’t feel the full force of the heating.
A great tip for planning your room is to use graph paper to map out where each feature will be situated. Design software will also allow you to plan in 3D.
Don’t forget to consider your electrical items. Maybe the television’s location is proving awkward. Or the plug sockets are in a difficult-to-reach place, causing wires to be exposed around the room. It could be an idea to take your revamp one step further and install new electrical points in more conducive places. Whichever decisions you make with your feature positioning, ensure that they fit in with your lifestyle for the long run.
Have a look at lighting
Lighting is another key aspect to take into account, especially if you wish to maximise natural illumination. Consider how natural light enters the room and where the sun shines. This will help you decide where to position your items, such as a reading chair or the television. It will help you decide where additional lights are needed too.
Lighting will also influence your colour schemes. For example, if there’s not much authentic lighting, then you may wish to use paler shades so that any light is effectively reflected throughout the room.
Get a sense of storage
Revamping your home is the perfect time to install some dedicated space for storage. It could be that the current positioning of your furniture isn’t allowing for effective storage, and is in fact creating clutter.
You can minimise how much your storage takes up by incorporating fitted furniture. Items such as fitted wardrobes enable you to claw back space, giving you extra capacity in any room.
Planning how best to integrate bespoke furniture, along with all the other elements of a renovation, may prove to be a bit of a challenge. Therefore, it can a good idea to ask for professional creative and design advice.
Hartleys would be happy to help with this. We’ll ensure that every decision meets the room’s and your requirements. Call our team on 01756 700471, or request a design visit. You also can see our bespoke furniture by visiting our Yorkshire showroom.