2. Get precise measurements. While some may yawn over a designer's range of measurements, they're critical. Accuracy is vital when planning a space, particularly when you're drawing up an initial plan, so get your measurements right. Draw a floor plan of your existing space, carefully measuring each detail. According to Hebson, designers often work within a defined range of measurements for furniture and fixtures, because those can help prevent potential problems that come with searching for the ideal product. "By having a parameter, you can widen your search to find the perfect fit both proportionately and aesthetically," Hebson says. "Measurements are extremely important to ensure a space is functional and efficient," says designer Susan Lund. "They need to be especially precise when planning kitchens, bathrooms and dining rooms
, where you need to have adequate clearance between furniture, cabinetry, appliances and plumbing fixtures.""If you don't allocate the right amount for walking, working or storage, you're left with a beautiful space that functions horribly," says designer Robin Rigby Fisher. Pay attention to the minimums and maximums that your space provides, and how they will enable the room's assigned functions.