How to Make Apartment Floor Plan Designs to Ready Your NYC Real Estate for Selling

It is helpful to make apartment floor plan designs in preparation of selling your home. This way you will be able to know where to move furnishings in order to stage the real estate to sell quickly. Making a floor plan is not difficult.

It is helpful to make apartment floor plan designs in preparation of selling your NYC home. This way you will be able to know where to move furnishings in order to stage the real estate to sell quickly. Making a floor plan is not difficult. Simply measure and then follow the graph paper boxes with a pencil to create apartment floor plan designs or use a convenient app.

Measure the Way

Floor plans are scaled down versions of rooms that allow you to see how to place furniture and accessories where they will look their best. Before measuring, you will want to do a very rough drawing, not to scale, on a piece of scrap paper of your space. You will roughly draw the walls and openings for doors, windows, and fireplaces. Also note any columns and built-in cabinetry that are in the room as well.

Take out the measuring tape and begin measuring a room, writing down each measurement on your rough drawing. Begin by just measuring the length and width of your room and note the measurements on your rough sketch. You will also want to measure the width and depth of any furnishings that you may be using.

Get into the rhythm of measuring by working your way around the room. Starting in one corner, measure from corner to inside the door or window frame. Then measure the door or window width. Measure from the other side of the door or window along the wall to the next opening. Again measure the width of the door or window. Continue measuring until the measurements on each of the room’s wall have been completely written on the rough drawing. Measure column widths and where they are exactly placed in the room by measuring from perpendicular walls to the column.

Following the Boxes

Graph paper is made for making floor plans. One quarter-inch square on the graph paper equals one foot. Estimate inches within each square. Using the length and width measurements, draw the basic room perimeter to scale onto the graph paper. Draw in your doors, windows, etc., to scale beginning from the same corner that you measured them in the room.

Make a few copies of the scaled plan and then have fun designing the room for several apartment floor plan designs as if playing with furniture in a dollhouse. Draw scaled furnishings in the plan in simple squares, rectangles, and circles to show sofas, tables, chairs, and beds, or cut out your paper furnishings so you may move them around freely in your floor plan.

App Your Plan

More into using tech then a pencil? Take advantage of apps available to make up your room floor plans for you.

STANLEY Floor Plan is free in iTunes and Android. This app will measure and draw a floor plan by simply snapping a photo. It then allows you to add objects inside once it is mapped.

RoomScan is $4.99 and claims to work easily with your IOS device, drawing floor plans simply by touching your device to the walls. The app scans flat vertical surfaces as they are touched and recognizes door and window frames with a tap to continue measuring.

MagicPlan by Sensopia is free for iTunes and Android. Like the STANLEY app, MagicPlan uses your device’s camera to take pictures in order to create floor plans that you can add objects to.

Keep Open Space

Potential buyers will want to see potential for space without clutter. Remove unnecessary chairs and chests in order to show an open plan. Take away personal photos to entice buyers to picture their own photos in the space that could be their family home. Remove dust collecting knick-knacks. Keep the room clean and pillows fluffed with simple art on the walls and fresh flowers in a pretty vase or a bowl of fruit. Your aim is to make the space enticing and staged so that your buyers will picture themselves living there the moment they enter.


Carol Ruth Weber writes on interests relevant to today's dwellers in society from decor to health, beauty and fashion as well as green living and DIY. Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. Along the way Carol honed her skills as both an Interior Designer and Life Designer.Carol has been taken into service by individuals and businesses to assist clients with the daily battles to find enough time in every day to do all that is needed to do in order to enjoy their life and to be happy with their surroundings providing subjects for her many published pieces. Carol is known for her thoughtful and insightful views as well as being an on-air expert for eHow and SFGate.Read Carol's many articles focusing on Decorating, Fashion, Beauty, Art, Pets, Lifestyle and General News published on Her talented approach to life through writing can also be seen on statewide sites as well as for a number of other publications including Yahoo and Enjoy following Carol's blog for her insightful look at the world. Carol's mission through her writing is to dance people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! Carol Ruth Weber may be contacted at

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