Accurately Measure
and Draw Floor Plans to Scale

Pro tips to help you measure and draw floor plans faster than ever.

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Draw Floor Plans to Scale with Cedreo

Drawing a floor plan to scale is an important skill for designers and builders to master. Whether you’re a contractor planning a new home design or a designer creating a furniture layout, accurate floor plans are a must. However, traditional methods for creating floor plans are often time-consuming, overly complicated, or less than accurate. Software like Cedreo helps you create professional floor plans with ease.

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Start with Accurate Measurements

Before you start to draw a floor plan, you first need the measurements. If you have a current floor plan, you can upload it, trace and add the existing measurements. If you’re starting from scratch, its time to get out your measuring tape and a notepad. The idea is to make a rough sketch with measurements that you can then refer to as you draw the floor plan in Cedreo.

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How Detailed Should Your Measurements Be?

The degree of accuracy will depend on your project. If you’re drawing a plan to help layout furniture, you can get away with being accurate down to the nearest inch. If your project includes installing kitchen cabinets or bathroom fixtures, then you need to be as accurate as possible (down to the nearest ¼” or ⅛”).

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Render Floor Plans in Minutes

Once you have created accurate floor plans to scale you can transform them into photorealistic 3D images with just one click. Five minutes later you have a stunning 3D rendering that brings your plans to life that you can share with colleagues and clients. With the Enterprise plan you can share plans online with team members where they can access and edit them.

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How to Accurately Measure Floor Plan Dimensions

Now that you have sketched a layout and measured the dimensions, it’s time to draw the final floor plan to scale so it can be shared with your team and clients.
You could use a CAD program for this step, but modern home design programs like Cedreo make it so much faster.

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Measure the room or building perimeter

Begin by measuring the perimeter, starting with the longest wall. As you measure, start drawing a rough sketch of the space and add notes with the dimensions. If you’re running your tape measure along the floor, be sure to account for any baseboard trim. This could affect your measurement by ¾” or more.

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Measure interior and exterior walls

Now, continue measuring the remaining interior and/or exterior walls. Don’t worry about door and window openings at this point. As you measure, add the walls and accompanying measurements to your sketch.

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Measure doors and windows

When measuring an opening, start by measuring from the nearest corner to the inside of the door or window jamb. Then measure the width between each side of the door or window jamb. Don’t forget to measure the height of each window or door, as well as how many inches it is from the floor (in the case of the windows).

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Measure any exisitng or new built-in fixtures

Next, you’ll want to measure any existing built-in fixtures such as built in cabinets, bookshelves, entertainment centers, or murphy beds. This will come in handy later when creating the 3D plans.

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Measure wall elevations

Mark the height of the walls. If needed, you can make an elevation sketch that is basically a view of a wall as if you were looking straight at it. An elevation sketch is a good place to mark the height of windows, cabinets, and other fixtures.

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Take note of room layout and dimensions

Review your notes and complete your sketch of the space. Double-check what you’ve measured and make sure you’re not missing anything. A complete set of dimensions will streamline the drawing process once you’re ready to create the floor plans to scale.

Examples of Floor Plans with Measurements

Create stunning 2D & 3D floor plans to scale online with ease with Cedreo.

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2D Floor Plan with Dimensions

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2D Kitchen Floor Plan

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2D Bathroom Floor Plan

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Commercial Floor Plan

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Site Plan to Scale

Floor Plans to Scale FAQs

What are the main types of scales used for drafting?

There are four main scales used based off of the intention of the floor plan – mechanical engineer’s scale, civil engineer’s scale, architect’s scale, and the metric scale.

What is the best scale for a floor plan?

For almost any plan – site plans, elevation plans, and interior floor plans – the scale used is 1:500 or 1:100. This means the real measurements are 100 times longer than they are on the plan.

Should I create floor plans to scale online?

Most professionals have moved to online floor plan software to create their designs. Most software offer a free project or trial to test the software to see if it’s right for you.

Should I label each room on my plan?

If the floor plan includes multiple rooms, it’s helpful to label each (kitchen, living room, master bedroom, etc.). This is especially helpful for clients because it makes the 2D plans easier to understand. And once you’re finished, you’ll be able to see the surface area calculations for each room type.

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