How to Plan & Draw a Room
Drawing a room layout to scale using an Architect's TriangleRuler is a key ingredient to success, if you desire completesatisfaction with your new home and/or home décor project!
Whatis a scale drawing? I
It'sa replicadrawing of a room or object, but at a uniform fraction of itsoriginal size. Having a "scale drawing" of a room benefitsyou in many ways:
Plan precise kitchen and bathroom cabinet, fixture and appliance layouts.
Achieve accurate bedroom, living room, dining room, and all other room arrangements.
Select appropriate sized furnishings and accessories for each room.
I'venever drawn a room before, is it difficult?
Actually,it's quite simple.If you know the room's exactdimensions and can draw a straight line, with the help of anArchitet's Triangular Ruler, drawing a room to scale will be a snap!
Usingan Architect's Triangular Scale is also quitesimple, once you get the hang of it, so don't let all those littlelines and numbers intimidate you.
AnArchitect's Triangular Scale is the samelength as a regular 12" ruler, but with threesides that exhibit differentincrements of measurements.
Usinga Triangular Ruler
Holdthe trianglular scale so that its length is horizontally in front ofyou, then rotate it backwardswhile noticing that each side has four sets of completely differentmeasurements.
Let'stake a look at the side where you see a large "1" on thefar top left corner and a "½" on the far top righthand corner.
Now,set the ruler down in front of you so that you can view the entirelength of it clearly.
Lookingfrom the left to right you will see a series of small, narrow linesthat are numbered from 9 to 0. These numbersindicate inches in the scale of oneinch equals one foot (1"=1') with the lines spaced at ¼"increments.
Thenext line right of the "0", you will see is spacedfurther apart, which is a "20" and then followingthat to the right is a "1".
Thenumbers closest to the top of the ruler (20, 18, 16, 14, and so on)belong with the measurements that read from the right to left (inthis case for a ½"=1' Scale) and the measurements locateddirectly under (1, 2, 3, 4, and so on) belong to the 1"=1'Scale.
Let'stake a 10 foot by 10 foot room and draw it down to scale. Forexample:
In¼" Scale, a 10' x 10' room is drawn 2½" x 2½"
In½" Scale, a 10' x 10' room is drawn 5" x 5"
Takea look at the example below of a ¼"=1' Scale drawing fora 10' x 10' room: