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Open plan vs closed plan - what’s the difference?
Open plan vs closed plan - what’s the difference?
Open plan vs closed plan - what’s the difference?

In one word - Yes.


While there is really no right answer when it comes to what’s better, both open and closed plans have their own pros and cons. This means, deciding between them really comes down to what fits your needs and lifestyle the best. 


So how do you decide?


We’re here to help with a simple guide that will help you weigh the pros and cons yourself so you can choose the right floor plan for your home. 

But before that, we’re sure some of you are wondering what the is difference between the two. It’s fairly simple. 


In an open floor plan, walls and dividers separating rooms are minimised, creating larger living spaces that flow into each other easily. Closed floor plans are the traditional home layouts, where designated areas in a house are closed off with walls. 


See. Simple!


Now let’s get into it. We’ve taken a look at both open and closed floor plans under four main criteria - Aesthetics, Space, Social and Cleanliness



An open floor plan creates a large, uninterrupted space in your home, which means the decoration and furnishing needs to be cohesive across the entire space. This could make it harder to design your home as you try to create distinct spaces. 


At the same time, because a closed floor plan has areas separated by walls, it is relatively easier to give each room an individual style or theme. 


However, if you want to maximise the usage of natural light, an open floor plan is your best bet. 



It goes without saying that an open floor plan makes your home more spacious, allowing you to make the most of every square meter that is available. Another great benefit that comes from having more space is that you could decorate it the way you want and there will be minimal risk of your home looking cluttered and disorganized. 


At the same time, while walls in a closed floor plan chop up your home and make the spaces seem smaller, it can also have the effect of making rooms feel warm and cozy. 



If you love to entertain, an open floor plan is just what you need. Because there are no walls to break up the flow of the room, it is easier for people to move around and socialize. Another great benefit is that the conversations can always keep flowing, even if you’re in the kitchen getting your guests a drink or a bite to eat. 


Needless to say, in a closed floor plan, the ease of conversation is relatively lesser. However, it does provide for more privacy, restricting your guests to the areas you want them to explore and experience.




An open floor plan generally allows for faster cleaning as the spaces flow into each other uninterrupted. However, if you detest the smell of cooking filtering through your home, you might want to stay away from such a plan as it makes the kitchen open to the other living areas, allowing for smells to permeate across the home. 


And if you think your home looks cluttered, it is a lot easier to close off certain rooms when guests come if you have a closed floor plan. You don’t have that option in an open floor plan.

We’re sure we’ve given you a lot to think about. 


Remember - the idea is to make the best use of available space to meet your requirements. This means if there is a room you don’t really use, maybe it’s time to open it up. But if you live in a large house with a lot of space, maybe it’s not worth the time and effort to convert it into an open plan space. 


If you’re still finding it hard to decide, why not get in touch with one of our Furban Representatives here? They would love to help you out!


Happy decorating!