How to Present Your Interior Design Plans to Clients

When all your ideas for a given project begin to come together and you feel you are ready to move on from the planning stage, you must have a series of specific technical drawings that reflect this. These will be what you show to the client to let them visualise with some accuracy what the final result will be. They will also want to help you to make decisions about changing the plans. Creating accurate drawings using computer generation will help to highlight and refine areas of your plan that are in need of improvement.

Plans and Sections

Initially, there is no need for overly specific details, such as finishing touches. It is vital, however, to draw everything precisely and to scale. If you do this properly you will have all the information you require to use the space that is left over to meet your concept’s demands.

Below is the plan and elevation of an exhibition stand. They are fairly simple but show accurately the scale of the design in relation to human proportions.

3D Models

Creating 3D models, both on a computer and physically, is useful for analysing spaces. This method also allows you to describe the project to the client more effectively. If you still need to make changes, don’t complete all your drawings and models. For client satisfaction you must, however, convey as much information as you can.

At this stage it is also important to keep an eye on the clock. Losing track of time in the planning stages often has a knock-on effect for the remainder of the project.

Shown below are a series of computer generated sketches which enhance the information given in the plan above. By making the space easier to understand, there is almost enough information to progress to the final stages of designing and presenting to the client.

Technical Details

It is vital that you have a full understanding of the technical aspects of your design. An example of this is lighting, you need to know how the lighting fits into the ceiling. Below are drawing which demonstrate the communication of lighting within a ceiling.

The lighting legend, shown on the left, describes the meanings of the lighting icons on the ceiling plan.

If you design furniture, a sectional drawing is a useful way to describe to the client how the furniture will be constructed. The drawing below details how the fixings for a shelf are hidden and how LED lighting is recessed into the top face.

Architecture fixings drawing

This next drawing, a section through a sink unit, clearly describes all of the finishes used throughout.

Samples

Choosing materials and furniture is an important part of the process. Selecting tangible items enhances your design concept and makes it easier to imagine as if it were completed. Do not, however, complete sample boards until you are confident with your final selection.

It’s a good idea to collect samples of a range of materials, from showrooms, catalogues, suppliers and trade shows and create a scrapbook you will build upon throughout your career.

below are a few examples of what your work should look like as you progress.


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