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Floorplan rules: Optimizing room position

Creating an effective floor plan is both an art and a science, requiring careful consideration of various elements to ensure a functional and aesthetically pleasing space. Among the essential aspects to consider are flow, light, furniture placement, and storage. You can create a harmonious and efficient living environment by prioritising these four key elements. Design builders often excel in this, leveraging their expertise to craft spaces that perfectly balance form and function. 


Flow refers to the ease with which one can move through a space. A well-designed floor plan should facilitate a natural, unimpeded movement throughout the home, enhancing daily living and minimising stress.

  • Logical pathways: Ensure that main pathways are clear and direct, avoiding unnecessary turns and obstacles in custom-built homes. This is particularly important in high-traffic areas like the kitchen, living room, and hallways.

  • Zoning: Group rooms with similar functions together. For instance, place the kitchen, dining room, and living room close to create a seamless entertainment area. At the same time, bedrooms and bathrooms should be located to provide privacy and quiet.

Lighting every corner

Natural light significantly impacts the ambience and mood of a home. Strategic placement of windows and doors can maximise natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting and creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.

  • Window placement: When building new homes, position windows to capture the most sunlight, typically on the southern and eastern sides of the home. Consider the views from these windows as well, ensuring they frame pleasant outdoor scenes.

  • Room orientation: Place living spaces where they can benefit from the most natural light. For example, position the living room and kitchen on the south side to take advantage of sunlight throughout the day, while bedrooms can be on the east for morning light.

  • Interior design: Use light-coloured walls and reflective surfaces to amplify natural light. Avoid placing large, dark furniture near windows, as it can absorb light and create shadows.

Furniture placement

Furniture placement is critical in defining the use of space and ensuring comfort and functionality. Thoughtful arrangements can enhance the flow, make the most of natural light, and create inviting, practical areas.

  • Identify focal points in each room, such as a fireplace, a window with a view, or a piece of artwork. Arrange furniture to highlight these features and draw attention to them

  • Ensure furniture placement does not obstruct natural pathways. Leave enough space around furniture pieces to allow for easy movement.

  • Select furniture that matches the size of the room. Oversized furniture can make a space feel cramped, while too-small pieces can make it feel empty and uninviting.


Effective storage solutions are essential for maintaining an organised home. Proper storage planning can maximise space, and enhance the functionality of the home.

  • Incorporate built-in storage solutions, such as cabinets, shelves, and closets, to maximise space and keep clutter out of sight. 

  • Use furniture that doubles as storage, for example, ottomans with hidden compartments, beds with under-bed storage, and coffee tables with shelves or drawers.

Designing an effective floor plan requires a balance of practical considerations and aesthetic sensibilities. By focusing on flow, light, furniture placement, and storage, and by collaborating with licensed remodelling contractors, you can create a living space that is both functional and beautiful.

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