SketchUp for Interior Designers - Creating a Floorplan

A step-by-step guide on building a floor plan from start to finish using SketchUp.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

It is essential for interior designers to be able to convey ideas clearly to their clients. SketchUp is a great tool for creating floorplans, elevation drawings and 3D renderings. It's compatible with many other programs and is free to get started! With a few lessons and a little practice, SketchUp can be a part of your daily design practice.

In this class we will be creating a floor plan. Whether you've been a designer for 30 years, or you are just getting started, this class will be give you a great foundation in SketchUp. By the end we will have a floor plan including furniture, you'll feel confident to start drawing your own designs, and you'll know how to put your own creative spin on the project!

What are the requirements?

  • Download the latest version of SketchUp Make (free)
  • No previous instruction necessary

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Draw a floorplan from start to finish using SketchUp
  • Move walls and furniture easily around their design
  • Add their own personal style to each drawing

What is the target audience?

  • Interior designers who want to convey their designs to clients.
  • New designers and expert designers alike will benefit from using SketchUp

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Getting Started

Welcome! I'm so happy you are here!

Learning SketchUp is a great way to expand you design toolbox and I'm excited to teach it to you. In this class we'll be drawing a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom floorplan together and then you can put your own creative spin on it! By the end you will feel confident in creating you own floorplans to present to clients.

You may find it easiest to take small notes and duplicate each action while pausing throughout the lesson. Try to stick to the floor plan that we draw together as much as possible, and there will be options to add your own creativity throughout, especially in the end.


Once you have downloaded the latest free version of SketchUp, it will ask you to select a template. You can change it later, but you will need to consider what you want to use it for. Personally, I like to use construction documentation feet and inches. To change it later go to SketchUp > Preferences > Template.

Disclaimer: you can download a free version of sketch up for you to learn on. If you begin to use it in your professional practice, you'll need to download SketchUp Pro. They also offer a free 30-day trial for SketchUp Pro. For the purpose of this course through, we will be using SketchUp Make (the free version).


Before we get into drawing the floor plan from start to finish, I'll show you the basic commands that you'll need to know for a good foundation. If you don't remember them right away, not to worry! I'll have captions throughout every video as a reminder for the shortcut to each action.

4 questions

Can you remember the keyboard shortcuts for the basic commands?

Section 2: Floor Plan Start-to-Finish
Intro to Section 2

In this lesson we'll be drawing 10" exterior walls using the Offset tool. The Offset tool allows you to draw lines parallel and at equal distances from the original line. For example, a large square with a smaller square inside. Or a circle with a larger circle around it. I find this tool helpful for drawing interior and exterior walls quickly.


We will measure and add bedroom walls with basic commands/actions. The tape measure tool is our friend! The interior walls will be 5" thick. We also get to practice using the Rectangle, Line and Eraser tools.


Adding doors is quick and easy with the Arc tool. More practice with the Tape Measure, Rectangle and Eraser tools. You can take a some creative liberty with how you choose to draw in your doorways. (Width, thickness, door swing.)


The Group tool is perhaps the most valuable lesson for beginners. Not knowing this tool makes many newbies quit using SketchUp because they get frustrated with their lines going wonky. This tool, will save you from pulling your hair our. I'll show you how.


Using tools we have already learned, we'll convey sliding and pocket doors.


Putting the tape measure to good use! Let's add a front patio and a fireplace.


Creating furniture and moving it around. Practice with the Group action and the Move tool.


During your presentation to clients, you'll often want to know right away what the dimensions are of certain pieces or call out certain items. This lesson is all about text and dimensions.


Changing the scale of an object (making it bigger or smaller) and adding more detail using the tape measure and line tools.


This is a fun lesson! You get to use a lot of creativity and make decisions about the style of your drawing. You can invert colors, make it sketchy and even make it look like watercolor paper. Also, how to export your drawing to use in a presentation.

4 questions

Let's go over more keyboard shortcuts.

Section 3: Wrap Up

You did it! Please don't forgot to rate the course. Hope you learned a lot, please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

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Instructor Biography

Tammy Cody, Interior Designer

I'm a full time interior designer based in beautiful San Luis Obispo California. I have a degree in Interior Design and I'm a LEED Associated Professional with a specialty in homes. My favorite tool that I have is SketchUp and I'm excited to teach it to other designers (and non-designers) as well. It's easy to get started and with a few lessons and a little practice I know you will love it too!

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