We’ve all heard the story of the awkward bathroom blunder at the dinner party. You know the one: you ask the host for the bathroom, only to open the door to find yourself in the middle of the living room, with everyone in attendance staring at you. It’s an all-too-common story that few would want to experience. This blog will discuss the importance of proper space planning and how it can prevent embarrassing moments like these.

IDG Interior Designer Rhon Royer states, “Space planning is the process of understanding how people will use a space, how they will move through it, and the experience they will have when they do.”  Here are four key aspects to consider when planning a space:

Ambient atmosphere at Door No.4.

Emotional Experience

At IDG, we understand the importance of an emotional experience when walking into a room; even if the space is functional, it can still provide a poor experience if it evokes negative emotions. We are therefore hyper-focused on our client’s experience to ensure they feel welcome, inspired, and relaxed when entering a room. An emotional response can be provoked by the colors, lighting and materials used.

Spacious reception at Broadhurst.


By understanding the space’s potential uses and needs, you can effectively plan for its success. Consider the intended user group, the new area’s purpose, and any special requirements the room may need such as seating, audio-visual equipment, and storage. Factor in the user’s capacity, age, height, and physical conditions to ensure everyone can use and benefit from the space. With these considerations in mind, you can create a comfortable and functional area for everyone.

Functional layout at Stone Island.


Measuring is often tedious, but it is a critical component of space planning. Accurate measurements are essential for an effective floor plan, enabling the proper selection of furniture that fits appropriately, aesthetically, and proportionately and allows for adequate space to move freely around the room.

Inviting open plan at Beachcomber.


Creating a cohesive look in your home, especially in an open-concept floor plan, is achievable by using similar materials, shapes, textures, and colorsthroughout the space. Use flooring, baseboards, interior doors, millwork, and furniture to create a visually connected home.

Space-saving nightstand in Solara.

Space-saving product tips

  1. Use an armless dining chair as a desk chair to save space. If you plan to rarely work at the desk briefly, an ottoman can be used as a substitute.
  2. Get an extendable dining table to easily adjust the size to suit your special occasion needs – great for larger dinner parties.
  3. Use an end or side table as a nightstand in the bedroom. Nightstands are typically 22″ or wider, so an end table is the way to go if you need something smaller.
  4. A flush mount fixture is an excellent alternative if you have low ceilings and a chandelier or pendant will hang too low.

Space planning is essential before starting any renovation, new build, or furniture package. With it, you can avoid making costly mistakes and wasting space, resulting in a better outcome. If you need help planning your space, contact the IDG award-winning team and book a complimentary consultation today.

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