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Module 5: Space Planning

Module 5

Space Planning

Space planning in interior design is another essential skill that contributes to the creation of functional, practical interiors. This module presents thorough knowledge of the concepts behind space planning, from efficient use of space to the placement of fixtures and furnishings to best effect.

Designing an interior space requires a careful application of human anthropometrics. The use of anthropometric data is integral for interior designers to understand the relationship between the end-user and the given space. The variable physical characteristics of individuals and/or groups are valuable tools to identify multifaceted qualities pertaining to form, economy, and society. The layout needs to increase human engagements a bit deeper so that interactions and solutions are more personalized, leading to the main foundation and purpose of space planning. A combination of technical and interpersonal skills allows designers to optimize spatial configurations as per various project types like residential, commercial, health, retail, or hospitality. Once the purpose and use of spaces is better defined, other elements come into play.

This module also introduces you the translation of design ideas into a tangible plan that clearly expresses your design intent and communicates it to others. It teaches an in-depth analysis of how the space is used, the relationship between them and identifies the flow of movement or traffic from one space to another. Designers need to propose space-saving configurations by means of which interior spaces are maximized and unnecessary configurations are eliminated. Accommodating various project requirements is an important part of the interior design services. Apart from convenience, style, and security, interior designers need to account for the end user's budget to propose a feasible prospective plan.

As an interior designer, you will also need the skills to present your interior schemes to clients, from initial sketches to floor plans, mood boards to display your color and material selections, and perspective drawings that clearly convey your design intent. The use of technical drawing and other visual aids will also allow you to record and further develop your schemes as they progress. These help you to communicate with other professionals and tradespeople involved in the project, as well as your clients. Good design is all about keeping a sense of balance and earning the clients respect.

As well as traditional visual presentation methods, this module also covers the techniques in which a detailed scaled drawing is considered complete with concepts, construction details, and information in a clear and universal way. Therefore, it is easily deciphered by designers and building professionals around the world, regardless of language, origin, or style.

Interior design influencer content

In our space planning module, renowned interior designer, Nina Takesh offers professional insights on the following:

  • What is space planning in interior design?
  • Importance of Anthropometrics and ergonomics in design?
  • What are the components required to create a space plan and visual presentation methods to represent the planning?

Module Outline

  1. Human Anthropometrics and Ergonomics
    • Definition
    • Anthropometrics in Architecture
    • Anthropometrics in Interior Design
    • Anthropometrics in Furniture Design
  2. Anthropometric Practices in Space Planning
    • Principles, Criteria ad Constraints
    • Types of Measurement
    • Anthropometric Variation Factors
    • Handicapped Mobility
    • Project Type Planning
  3. Space Planning in Interior Design
    • Anthropometric Application and Principles in Space Planning
    • Planning Methods
    • Building Shell and Major Systems
    • Codes, Regulations and Considerations
    • Spatial Quality from Rough to Refined Plans
  4. Scaled Drawings
    • Process, Construction and Presentation Drawings
    • Drafting Standards and Symbols
    • Types of Plans