The 7 deadly sins of Interior Design, by the Barcelona Chair. SLOTH.

What happens when you follow the basic recommendations to have a successful renovation of your space?

What happens if you forget to measure properly your room?

You are facing some risks, and maybe you are sinning SLOTH.

Following our series of The 7 Sins of Interior Design, let’s talk about a little, to assure your Barcelona Chair has the place it deserves.

Thou Shall Measure

Purchasing new furniture just trusting your own instincts can be considered an extreme sport. You need to be cautious. 

Why Should I Measure before buying furniture? 

For starters, you need to know how your new furniture will get in.

Depending on the specific item you buy, maybe you need to get it in through your your door in a box, or…Through your window with a grip. Do you live in apartment? Do you know how much can you get into the load elevator?

So keep in mind that you need to know the measures of your furniture and box or packages, too. 

Once inside, another measurement is crucial. Does your brand new sofa fit well in the place you reserved for it in your imagination?. The most recommendable thing to do before you find yourself in the middle of the living room scratching your head and wondering what happened here? is make something very simple: A floor plan.

What’s a floor plan? 

A floor plan is a plane where you make a scale representation of your room, signaling the most significant elements of decor, and the elements of architecture that can modify our perception of decor. For decor, we assume that elements like the current furniture that will stay (tables, sofas, center tables, floor lamps, TV bases); when it comes to architecture, columns, levels, stairs, among others, are the elements to consider, because they can interfere with our planned setup. 

What kind of floor plans we have? 

There are scale floor plans (just like a architectural plane), or schematic floor plans, with a approximate representation of the elements of the room.

But in either case, some numbers have to be present: long and wide of the total area is a must; rooms and entries are useful too. 

Distance between columns, walls, and semi-permanent objects of the rooms is necessary, for example, if you have a piano in your living room. 

What do you gain with a Floor Plan?

Security. You know where to place your furniture with accuracy. 
Comfort. You have one tool to guarantee the correct distance between the elements of your room and be able to move comfortably and free. Keep always in mind that you must aim to provide between 3.5′ and 10′ between seating options to help the conversation flow without crowding a room.

A map for further works. Keep in mind that your floor map will help you now and on further occasions. Keep it close!. 

So, if you don’t want to commit the sin of SLOTH, be proactive and measure your room!, and trust in Manhattan Home Design to provide you with the best renditions in Mid Century Modern Designs, as the Barcelona Chair