3 Reasons Why Floorplans are Fantastic (and 3 tips to make the most of them)

Once the preserve of new builds or stately homes, floorplans are an increasingly useful tool to help sell your house.


A simple diagrammatic representation of the footprint of your home’s main floors, the tool helps quickly and visually explain to the buyer what is on offer.

But to make them as useful as possible – and to drive more viewers to your property – it is worth remembering three key points:

  1. Include measurements. The plan should be to scale – and with modern laser measurement tools cheaply available there is no excuse for an estate agent not to have one. Prospective buyers can tell at a glance how much space a room has and even check if their furniture fits.
  2. Include a compass rose to show the orientation of the house – many buyers will be keen to seek that back garden in the south to catch evening sun.
  3. Total square footage of the property is a must – it allows easy comparison between properties and is a shorthand way for buyers to understand what they are getting. This is especially useful as modern houses tend to have more rooms but of smaller sizes than older properties. A modern four-bed home may only have the same space as an older three-bed property.

So now we know what we should put in a floorplan, we can look at the bigger question – why bother at all?

  1. The prospective viewer can tell at a glance if the house is suitable for their needs and not waste their – or your – time looking at something that was never going to work for them. Layout is important to meet people’s needs and tastes – could a room be a playroom, a study, a guest room, a hobby room?
  2. The floorplan is a quick visual reminder for the buyer after viewing. Especially if they have seen several properties in quick succession, it is easy to blur memories as to which house had what feature. The plan helps the buyer understand the home when making their decision – even helping with potential alteration thoughts such as making it open plan or installing an en-suite bathroom.
  3. Size matters – by seeing a floorplan, rooms that are not at their best to visually see can be seen in a new light. Your junk room that seemed really pokey and unused may easily be written off on a viewing but becomes an ideal crafting room on a floorplan.

Floorplans are an essential tool in today’s marketplace so make sure you not only have one but make sure it is clear and accurate and it becomes a great sales help.

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Upholster your headboard with woven canvas

After a year of waking up in the middle of the night because my 3-year-old had hit his head on his Fjellse headboard AGAIN, I decided to take matters into my own hands and fix the situation. Three rolls of autumn orange canvas, a staple gun, scissors and the IKEA Fjellse bed (Tarva would work as well) and voilà! This is a super easy project that anyone with an open wood headboard like the IKEA Fjellse, Neiden or Tarva can do.

Upholster your headboard with woven canvas

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What you’ll need:
  • IKEA Fjellse, Neiden or Tarva bed frame
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples (I used 3/8 inch but 5/16 would be fine as well)
  • Canvas rolls, your favorite width and color (I used 3 rolls of 1.25 inch in Autumn Orange)
  • Good scissors
  • Four 2-inch screws and a drill (optional)
What you’ll do:


(This is optional, but a good idea if you intend to make this a functional headboard and not just eye candy.) Pre-drill above or below the IKEA provided bolts and secure the top and bottom frame boards with screws so that the board won’t move when the canvas adds tension.

Upholster your headboard with woven canvas


Staple the end of the canvas to the back of the bottom board, pull over the top of the frame, tighten and staple to the back. Put a little body weight into it and use 2-3 staples on both the top and the bottom. Cut the canvas below the staples so that you can’t see the ends from the front of the bed. Repeat at even increments (I just eyeballed the spacing) all the way across until it looks like this:

Upholster your headboard with woven canvas


Start from the top left (or right if that’s your jam) and staple one end. You will need to pre-cut strips this time to weave the canvas. Pull the strip over and under all the way across. If you started under, make sure the next strip goes over first. Just think back to paper weaving in elementary school. Repeat until you are below where the mattress will sit.

Upholster your headboard with woven canvas


Admire your sweet new headboard!

Watch our video tutorial on the hack.

~ by Lara Wilhelm

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Food wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

I picked up the cookbook as a small gift for my wife, Clementine on a whim on an IKEA run, after she had previously pointed it out as “just way too adorable.” When I gave it to her, she pondered it for a few seconds and then started to rip the binding apart. Once I regained consciousness, she explained that we were going to turn it into beautiful wall art. The idea simply came to her. By the end of the weekend, with maybe 4-5 hours of total work, it was up on our walls, providing a vibrant pop to our home.

IKEA items used:


Other materials tools:
  • A paper cutter for clean, measured cuts of individual pages
  • A utility knife for sizing the backdrop to the frame backing
  • Any reasonably sturdy all white paper for a backdrop
  • Double-sided tape to adhere pages to the backdrop

Cook up wall art with the HEMBAKAT

Carefully remove all pages in the book from its binding and cover. Do not rush this, as you may wind up tearing through a whole swath of pages, and keeping as many pages intact as possible is key to the rest of the process. The pages are bound together into sections of 20 or so pages with string which is adhered to the cover. Gradually pull the full collection pages from the cover until it is neatly separated, using scissors to snip the strings from the cover. Then, with scissors, begin to cut the string to separate the individual page sections.

Carefully isolate each page. Lay each page section flat facing downward, i.e. so that the fold in the middle is pointed upward. Gently, from top to bottom, pull each double page off of the loosely connected stack. In doing so, it will become easy to cut through the small connections of the double page to separate them into singular pages. Repeat this for each double page on each page section until all pages are isolated.

Decide on an arrangement of your choosing and organize! We knew we wanted to make 6 frames (which is about the max for frames of the size we chose, though we did have a half-dozen or so non-matching pages left over), 2 of which featured the neutral-toned baked goods and 4 of which featured color-coordinated ingredient spreads.

Related: How to make your own Swedish meatballs

Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

Keeping in mind that the backs of colored pages were neutral-toned and vice versa, we first identified those baked goods and ingredient spreads that looked like ones we wanted to display, so as not to wind up wanting to display items that were two sides of the same page. We then arranged the colored pages in a rainbow on the floor to better visualize the blocks of color available and then separated them into blocks which would be appealing and filling enough for a single frame. See pictures of our wall art arrangements on the ground for a better sense of what we were going for.

Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

Related: Using ALGOT frames for thread wall art. See the tutorial.

With 6 frames’ worth of pages identified, decide on how each frame will be laid out. Each FISKBO frame has a thin cardboard backing whose surface area is equal to the visible surface area once framed, assuming no window mat. This makes it straight-forward to determine an arrangement: lay the cardboard backing flat, place the uncut pages on the backing however you like as a test run, and determine where cuts need to be made. It is recommended to do this test run exercise on each frame before doing any actual cuts, as you will likely find that each frame will have similar cutting needs and making sure all frames are ready before cutting will avoid an annoyingly costly mistake.

Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

Make the actual cuts of the pages to get everything sized for the frame’s layout. In our case, we knew we wanted a clean grid of rectangular shots with small, equidistant horizontal and vertical spacing between individual pages. After toying with different ideas, we decided to go with two rows of 3-4 pictures each per frame. Because two pages vertically was slightly too large for the frame, we knew we’d need to vertically cut some of the pages, so we settled on ensuring the top row of each frame was slightly shorter than the bottom. We also cut each page by varying amounts horizontally, for some aesthetic diversity.

Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

For each frame, optionally apply a better backdrop. The thin cardboard backing with the FISKBO may work for you, and you may opt to completely cover it. But we wanted a thin white gap between all pages in our grids, so we used some not-too-thin, not-too-thick poster paper in white matte. To avoid slicing into the cardboard backing, we took the plastic “glass” of the frame, laid it flat (with its thin covering still protecting it) atop a healthy piece of the poster paper, and used a utility knife to carefully trace around the “glass” and create poster paper rectangles perfectly sized to the frame. There should be no need to actually adhere this to the backdrop. It’s all going to be pressed together when the frame is sealed.

Carefully assemble the layout of each frame. With the cardboard backing down flat and the precisely cut paper backdrop atop, adhere your cut pages to the backdrop as desired. There are surely better adhesion methodologies for this, but we wanted something cheap and easy, so we used thin double-sided tape. We have had these up on the wall for a year with nothing falling down and know sides starting to curl upward. Generally, we used six pieces of tape along the sides of each page. Take your time no matter your methodology. Depending on what you choose, you may not easily get a second change to adjust the page’s location or orientation.

Finish each frame! Remove the thin covering protecting the glass of the frame and place it atop your pages. Slide the frame atop and around the glass until it is snugly in place, and then flip the entire thing over to expose the back. Push the metal tabs down to seal the backing to the frame, et voila! It’s done!

Mount however you’d like. The FISKBO has a simple mount on the back that is lightweight enough to be held with a single nail, screw, etc. while laying more or less flat to the wall.

Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

Including the frames and the book, our wall art cost $88 total. We had the few other materials and tools required already on hand.

Our favorite part of the hack was the layout design phase (see step 3 above). Having all of these gorgeously photographed, vibrant little pieces of art to work with really stimulated our creativity.

Related: How to make wall art standout mounts for KORT art cards.

The hardest part of the hack was then taking those layouts and getting all of the pages cut just so to ensure that both a) each individual frame had a neat and linear grid, and b) all frames were consistent enough to one another. Having a paper cutter with guides that can be set is a lifesaver here, because if each frame has the same size requirements, you can ensure consistent cuts across all pages.

Cook up wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

In the year since we created the wall art, they have been a consistent conversation piece. New guests are immediately attracted to the combination of Scandinavian, severe geometry and delectable looking baked goods (which is a fairly good representation of our own personalities). We, of course, love to then humble brag that we made them ourselves for less than $90.

~ by Clementine Jacoby and Joshua Essex

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The Average Living Costs in Colorado Springs

Living Costs in Colorado Springs

If you’re planning on moving to Colorado Springs, CO, it’s important to first find out what the cost of living is and whether you can afford it. Located approximately 60 miles south of Denver and 85 miles south of Boulder, Colorado Springs is surrounded by nature but includes all the benefits of a major city. […]

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What to do when you just aren’t getting any viewings at all

I spoke to a gentleman this week who has had his house on the market for three years.  And in that time, he has only had three viewings.  Really. He sounded utterly despondent, and no wonder!

So what can you do when you just aren’t getting any viewings at all? Here’s my action list to help you to address the problems, and improve your situation – cut out and keep it!

Presentation – ask a friend to walk round your house with you, and write down all those little jobs you’ve been meaning to get round to doing.  Ask her to point out any area that is particularly personal, like name plaques on doors or a photo gallery.  De-clutter, de-personalise and add shine through dressing and accessories.

Photography – get in a pro! If neither you nor your agent can afford it, then read my Six Secrets to Fabulous Property Photography and get the best shots you possibly can – including some lifestyle images – to make your house look like a magazine shoot.

Description – brainstorm with your family and come up with the best descriptive words to describe your home. Use emotion and feeling to really get across the essence of your home.

Rightmove ad – keep the text in your summary advert short and sweet.  Write a snappy headline of no more than a line, to encourage clicks. Pick the best ‘lifestyle’ image that represents your home and ask your agent to use it as the main shot on your advert.

Estate Agent – is your agent fully on board? If not, get another! Newer agents are often hungry, with something to prove.  Offer them a great commission to incentivise them to sell your house quickly; this is not the time to scrimp on fee!

Prepared? – have a plan that you stick up on the inside of a kitchen cupboard so that as soon as a viewing is booked, the whole family can spring into action.  Whether it’s moving the cars off the driveway, taking the dog out for a walk, or having freshly laundered bedding ready to pop over the top of the beds, having a plan will make sure you have a professional approach to your viewings when they do happen, which they will!

If you aren’t getting viewings, perhaps it’s time to call in an expert – me!

If you’d like my help to sell your home more effectively, please answer a few short questions here and if I think I can help you, I’ll be in touch.

What to do when you just aren't getting any viewings at all

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The Best Neighborhoods in Cincinnati

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There’s no city quite like Cincinnati, with its bustling metropolitan area, its friendly, midwestern residents, and its die-hard sports fans. But if you’re planning on moving there from out-of-state, deciding which Cincinnati neighborhood to live in can be challenging. After all, there are over 50 neighborhoods, so where should you begin? Right here. We’ve done […]

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