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Some people think that when you create a model in Sketchup, it needs to be a big complex monster model in order for it to be anything of value. But a lot of times I find I can use Sketchup to solve little problems very quickly and effectively.

For example, I recently installed new flooring in my house, and I needed to calculate the square footage of the rooms I needed flooring in. In a typical room this is fairly easy. You measure the width and length of the room, and multiply them together to get the area.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for But in my case, I needed to calculate the area of my living room that is open to my kitchen so I had a lot of funny corners and cabinets to measure around. Then the task of figuring out the area meant trying to split up the dimensions into logical squares so I could easily calculate the square footage; It was starting to look like a homework assignment from back in high school. Instead, I turned to Sketchup to draw my floor plan.

Use Sketchup to Create a Floor Plan

Sketchup is a great tool for creating a floor plan, especially if you are just looking to calculate the area of the floor. But before you open up Sketchup, you’re going to want to go and measure the room. Take as many measurements as possible. It’s better to have more information than not enough.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Step 1 – Measure the Room

So just grab a piece of paper, a tape measure and maybe a helper to hold the other end of the tape. On the piece of paper, draw a rough outline of the room. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just try to draw each of the corners of the walls as you see them. You’ll probably notice that you don’t get the proportions just right, and that’s OK! Sketchup will take care of that later.

Measure each length of wall and write down the measurement. I would measure to the nearest half inch. Go around the room until you have measured each wall.

You can see from the image to the right how complex this layout would have been to calculate the area. Granted, I could’ve just over estimated instead of trying to be so detailed, but I didn’t want to have to buy more flooring than I needed. Plus I knew it would be easy to figure it out in Sketchup, so that’s what I did.

Once you’ve created your sketch and have collected all of your dimensions, go ahead and open up Sketchup.

Step 2 – Recreate the Floor Plan in Sketchup

QUICK TIP: One thing I like to do every time I open Sketchup is just create one big rectangle group to create a “floor”. This makes it easier to orbit when you have something solid to reference from. It also makes it easier for the inference system to know what you are trying to draw. Try it out and see if you like it.

In this case, a rectangle about 50′ x 40′ will be plenty big enough for what I need. I like to create it a little bigger than the model I need to create. So after creating a big rectangle group to give me a surface to reference, I start drawing an outline of the walls. Now, I don’t care about the wall thickness or anything. I just want to know the area so we’re not going to get fancy at all. This will strictly be a 2D flat drawing.

So just start at one corner of your model with the line tool and start drawing. Click once to start the line, then drag your mouse over until you lock into the axis you want. To start your floor plan, you would do this:

  1. Start the line tool action by clicking once.
  2. Drag the mouse toward the general direction you want to go.
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