How to Create a Master Plan for Decorating a Bedroom

October 26th, 2012
Furniture Design
How to Create a Master Plan for Decorating a Bedroom 6

Construction (and other industry) Project Managers often use a technique called the “Critical Path Method” or CPM. Simplified, the CPM method means doing what needs to be done first – done first. For example, you need to prep and repair walls for painting before they can be painted. You need to measure the room and all the furniture you want to go into the room before you go out and buy furniture that isn’t going to fit in the room.

You are going to need a few things in order to create your master plan. So, first let’s give you the materials list of what you will need to create your “How to Decorate a Bedroom” master plan :

– One 3 ring loose-leaf binder

– Pocket 3 ring binder dividers

– Graph paper 1/ 4″

– Blank paper

– 3 hole punch

– Large file box

– One metal measuring tape

– One flexible measuring tape

– Digital camera

– Calendar

– 3 hole punch

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Carpenters live by the euphemism “Measure twice, cut once.” The very first thing that will go into your binder will be measurements.

Take out your steel tape measure and measure out the width and length of the bedroom.

Now go back and measure all doors and closets length and width. Measure from the corners of the room exactly where they are located. Keep a list of each. For example: Window on right of closet 54″ wide 60″ long.

The next step is to measure the width and length of all windows. Once again, measure from the corners of the room exactly where each window is located.

Go back one more time and measure from the corners of the wall all electrical outlets and their distance from each other.

You will make two types of sketches – one using your graph paper, one a rough 3-D (or as close as you can get to that) sketch of the room.

Using one box per foot, draw out box/ rectangle of the bedroom measurements onto a piece of graph paper.

Again, using one box per foot, mark the approximate location of all doors, windows, closets, and electrical outlets.

Pull out a piece of blank paper and draw a rough 3-dimensional picture of the bedroom using your graphed outline as a reference. Some people may find this too difficult. If this is the case, simple make 4 sketches of each wall in one dimension.

Congratulations, you have created the basic foundation of the master plan for how to decorate your bedroom. The graph provides the most exact measurements, as does your listing of the measurements of all door, closets, windows, and distance between electrical outlets per wall.

Your graphed room measurements also provide you with another excellent tool. You can measure the furniture that will, or that you hope will, go into the room and then make cut outs in scale with the graph paper. If you are using 1/ 4″ graph paper that means every box is equal to 12 inches. If you have a 24″ X 24″ inch end table, you would cut out 4 squares to represent the end table.

The rough sketch provides you with a three dimensional map of the space. This will help you create a three dimensional “picture” in your mind which, in turn, will assist you when making decisions regarding placement of three dimensional objects in the room.

A Little of this, A Little of That

As you read this section many of you might be thinking “Finally, some fun stuff!” – and this part is definitely a lot more fun than taking measurements and learning about color theory.

Now is the time to break out those magazines and start cutting out photographs of anything that reflects the style and design elements that please you. Get on the Internet as well for images. At first just copy and save the photos that you like – you can sort them out later and decide which ones you want to print out for your master plan binder.

Don’t limit the photos you collect to entire room designs. Collect pictures of accessories, fabrics, window treatments, and furniture – any “ingredient” that suits your fancy. At first don’t worry about whether or not the pictures you choose “go together.” Simply place them in a folder for later reference.

You will also want to use your camera to take advantage of the “free” professional design services at local retail, furniture, and home decorating centers. Keep your camera with you – you never know when you will run into an accessory or element that inspires you or that want to re-create in your bedroom décor.





Some stores may provide samples at no cost, or little cost. If they don’t, and you are very interested in a particular sample, go ahead and purchase a small amount. For example, an eighth of a yard of fabric. In some instances stores will “lend” you samples based on a small deposit. You can also check out a store’s return policies and, if appropriate, make the purchase, see if it works in the room, and bring it back if necessary. Most samples will be small enough to fit into your large master file box.

As you are collecting be sure to include any product (such as measurements for a piece of furniture) and pricing information available. If not printed on the image, write it down and tape it to the back – or use the information as the description for images you keep on your computer.

When do you stop collecting samples? One of the most important functions of collecting samples is that, as you do so, you will consciously or unconsciously be “placing” them on your graphed and rough sketches.

With each visualization you come closer to knowing you are ready to start making actual decisions and choices as to how you will decorate your bedroom. For some this may take weeks – even months. Others know they are ready to get at after only a few days of collecting.

Once you are finished, start sorting through your samples. Rather than collect, now is the time to throw away which is usually a pretty easy thing to do because, in the process of collecting, you got a clearer image of exactly what you do want versus what you thought you might like.

Categorize all “keeper” samples under their appropriate headings, such as “furniture”, “window treatments”, and “accessories.” Label binder dividers and file each photo where they belong.

Article From : Kline, Annie (2012-01-11). How To Decorate A Bedroom.

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