Floor Plan Options and How to Work With Them


Posted by Kia Crawford on June 27th, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

At Dogwood Forest, we offer a few different floor plans to our residents. Each one is designed with comfort and navigability in mind. Though they are spacious, they are much smaller than, say, the house you may have owned the past 30 years. That does not mean, however, that there is not room for personalization. You can easily make your room uniquely yours, a small taste of the home you moved from.

Here are a few examples of floor plans available at Dogwood Forest:

The Georgian: 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, 1071 square feet

The Bainbridge: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 691 square feet

The Franklin: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 790 square feet

The Darien: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, den, 1100 square feet

Though these are standard floor plans, how you make it your own is up to you. Here are a few ideas:

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One of the most important things in any small space is lighting. Having ample light, especially if it’s
natural, can make a room seem much bigger. If you have drapes on your windows, make sure they open completely to let the light in during the day. You can also use glass and mirrors, such as a glass coffee table to reflect light around the room.

When you can, minimize the floor space taken up by furniture. Combine and organize your belongings, and sell or donate the stuff you don’t need. If possible, get hanging shelves and a TV mount to avoid cabinets and other bulky items taking up space. If not, go vertical. A narrow but tall shelf can save a lot of room — just don’t forget the stepladder! You can also use art on the walls to draw the eyes up, making the room seem bigger.

The Living Room and Den

shutterstock_311562431When you have guests visit your new apartment, you want the environment to be warm and inviting. A nice centerpiece can be the answer. Your favorite comfortable sofa and/or armchair can fill that role. A small space doesn’t mean small furniture. A few big, bold pieces can make a room seem much bigger than a bunch of smaller pieces.


Some experts will say to avoid bold patterns and other distracting elements in a room. But your favorite paisley sofa could let you bring the comfort of an old home with you. The same goes for an heirloom piece of furniture, like an entertainment center. But if you are buying new pieces for your place, go for streamlined furniture that makes the room seem much more expansive. And as the old adage goes, a nice rug can really tie the whole room together!

The Bedrooms

The main point of your bedroom is, of course, the bed. Now may be the perfect time to buy a new mattress, especially if yours is more than a decade old. There are many great options for older people, including memory foam and others. While you can keep your old bed frame, you may also consider buying a new one that’s easier to move into your new apartment. To make your bedroom seem more spacious, place your headboard against the wall opposite the door so you can see the entire bed when shutterstock_113325019you walk in.

When it comes to your furniture, try to minimize. A small nightstand to hold your glasses, pictures, a
lamp and other belongings may be the perfect way to keep your dailies within arm’s reach. If you’re bringing your favorite dresser with you, make sure your nightstand matches. Finally, optimize your storage by utilizing the area under the bed and using plastic bins to keep all of your knick knacks together.

These are just some of the many ways you can personalize your new apartment and optimize the space. If you feel stumped or at a loss for ideas, consider peeking into your new neighbors’ apartments and how they put it together. For more helpful hints, check out Dogwood Forest’s exclusive interview with downsizing specialist, Bonnie Deriso.

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