Interior design

Define the best flow paths in your home

The flow path from room to room depends on the door and window openings; it is important to correctly define these areas

Practical guide - 29 May 2015

Tip 1

Top view

Circulation within your apartment depends on the layout. Check  your floor plan for the best flow path between each room.

Tip 2

In order

Define your priorities. Where is there the most traffic? Which paths do you want to give priority to and which one do you want to free? Then you’ll know where to start!

Tip 3

Change

Inside your rooms, you can easily change your furniture’s position to get the best circulation. You can also decide to get rid of some furniture.

Tip 4

Modularity

Modular furniture is really trendy these days. It can be combined in different ways to optimize space and facilitate circulation. The most common example is the sofa-bed. Similarly, you can use a bookcase-desk or a wardrobe-staircase.

Tip 5

Moving walls

This modularity can be applied to walls in living areas which can disappear during the day. Sliding doors can isolate some spaces and also give more freedom to circulation.

Tip 6

Reconstructions

If you want to go further, you can also decide to give priority to space and to circulation by getting rid of some walls or rooms.

Tip 7

Secondary paths

It’s better for a family to have several choices in terms of circulation. Plan your secondary paths well.

Tip 8

Hidden furniture

Built-in furniture is a great way to facilitate circulation. Think about it before planning any big remodeling or if you’re building a home.

Tip 9

Starting point

Circulation starts where your openings are. Make sure to correctly define these spaces.

Tip 10

Experimentation

As time goes by, don’t hesitate to modify your furniture’s organization if your circulation plans are not efficient enough.

In a nutshell

Don’t hesitate to review your plan every now and then, even for your furniture. You’ll have a more realistic vision of the changes that need to take place. It’s not always easy to have a new vision of your own home. This plan will help you take some distance from it all.

It’s up to you to find the right balance between a full space and an empty one. Example: for some of us, a corridor is a useful passage that links two rooms. On the contrary, for others, it’s a dividing area. Depending on your vision of space, you’ll find the best circulation to enjoy your home.

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