Space planning, sometimes also called facilities planning, involves designing the layout of a particular space -- be it a room or building -- to increase its efficiency and comfort.
Generally, space planning is a function of commercial interior design. Space planning answers questions such as, Where will the furniture be placed? Will the space require new furniture? What will the flow of traffic be? Will it all meet code? What will it cost?
Space planners first identify the needs of a space, based on client input and requirements. They then develop a plan for layout and furnishings, prepare drawings, and use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create 2-D and 3-D room layout presentation drawings. Space planners may work as assistants to interior designers, or may function on their own in larger companies.
Space planners generally hold a bachelor's degree in interior design.