We know that houseplants have a special way of transforming your living space. Living plants not only look beautiful but also do double duty as air purifiers, improving the quality of the indoor air you breathe.
But how many plants should you use in a space? Too few, and they might not have the desired effect. Too many, and your plants may not be able to thrive.
Ever wonder whether you can calculate exactly how many plants you can fit into your room? Believe it or not, our plant calculator can calculate the exact number of plants for you.
And we’ve got a few helpful tips to help you understand the factors that go into choosing the plants for your room.
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Factors That Go Into Plant Choice
First, let’s look at some things to consider when choosing plants for your room.
- Room size. How big is the room you want to put your plants in? Of course, the bigger the room, the more you will be able to fit. Remember though, ceiling height also comes into play here. A room with smaller square footage but higher ceilings will accommodate more plants than one with low ceilings.
- Plant size. Your plants should not be too big for your room. If you’re selecting living plants, be sure to get them smaller than you would like since they are going to grow. Also be aware of how big your plants will get, so you can be sure to have enough room.
- Number of windows. If you want to have a lot of plants that need bright light, you’ll need to have plenty of windows for the sunshine to come in. Rooms with few or no windows will probably not be able to accommodate a large number of plants.
- Hours of daylight in the room. Even if a room has several big windows, there may not be much light coming in during the day. A large tree or building could be blocking the light from coming in, or the window may be situated on a side of the house that doesn’t get much sun. If this is the case, consider getting plants that require medium to low light rather than plants that need direct sun for several hours a day.
- Type of plants you desire – floor plants, shelf plants, hanging plants, or combination. If you have a room with a sunny windowsill or shelf, it makes sense to have lots of sun-loving small plants around.
If you love indoor trees or large potted plants, make sure you have a room large enough to accommodate them. If plants are too crowded, they may lack sufficient airflow to thrive.
Hanging plants can add a wonderful sense of texture and dimension to a room, but make sure you can hang them where they won’t be in the way of people or pets.
Calculating the Size of Your Room
Before you plan which plants to get and how many, you’ll need to know how to calculate room size. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a degree in advanced math to do this, just a tape measure and a notepad.
Before measuring, make sure you can stretch the tape measure from one end of the room to the other without running into anything. If this isn’t possible, clear out any furniture that gets in the way, so you can get an accurate measurement. You’ll need to get wall to wall measurements on both sides.
Now it’s time to get your numbers. Secure your tape measure against the wall, keeping it flush and even. It’s best to do this down on the floor rather than in the middle of the wall.
Stretch your tape straight across to the opposite wall and record the measurement that is on the tape once it touches the wall. Repeat this process for the other set of walls in the room.
You should have two numbers written down, one for length and one for width. The numbers may or may not be the same.
Once you’ve got your numbers, simply multiply them together. Length x Width= area of the room (usually calculated in square feet or square meters). For example, if your room is 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, your total area will be 100 square feet.
This method works for square or rectangular rooms. For irregularly shaped rooms, you may need to take a few sets of measurements and add them together. An L-shaped room, for example, is really just two rectangles, so measure accordingly.
Using Our Plant Calculator For Your Room Size
We hope you’ve benefited from reading about how to choose plants and that our calculator has helped you figure out the right number of plants for your room. If you have any questions or additional tips or feedback, feel free to comment below!