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Behind the Scenes: Space Planning a Children's Boutique


If you're just joining in, we've been talking about our design process for a new children's consignment boutique in NW Portland. We've looked at inspiration images and photos of the suite in its current state (what we call 'as-builts.') Now it's space plan time!

Inspiration Photo: Mapamundi Shop

Before Photos of Cloverdilly Kids Space

Where should everything go? This is a fun puzzle we've all played: from your childhood bedroom to first apartment, we've all shoved furniture around the room trying to find that 'perfect' spot. We'll let you in on a trade secret: there is no *perfect* spot. Everything has benefits and disadvantages and the options in between are endless. As designers, we research and study your lifestyle, habits, hobbies, likes and dislikes to find the 'perfect' that works best for you.

For the record, this is how designers 'push furniture around the room:'

We use pages and pages (and pages!) of trace paper to diagram/map out/plan spaces. We look at:

  • Lighting: how intense will the sun be/not be through those huge windows? What direction is the store facing? What sorts of lighting are needed? Task? Ambient?

  • Adjacencies: where can the play area go that is safely removed from the front door? Where should the display vs. the counter be located in terms of the front door?

  • Square footage: how big/small does each area need to be?

  • Circulation: can you easily walk around the store from zone to zone? Can an employee easily move behind the counter? What about two employees? Can they both work and move behind the counter together?

Our client had a few items that were coming to the space with her. We had to plan for these as well:

Mannequins are perfect for a table-top display of merchandise!

Here's that awesome DIY spirit! Our client was in the process of repainting this dresser herself when she sent this photo. Check out the sweet ladybug knobs!

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