Video: Create a floor plan

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Begin your floor plan with a template that includes shapes for walls, doors, electrical outlets, and more.

Open a floor plan template

  1. Choose File > New.
  1. Pick Templates > Maps and Floor Plans.
  1. Click your desired floor plan and choose Create.

Change the drawing scale

  1. Click Design.
  1. In the Page Setup group, choose the More arrow.

Screenshot of Page Set toolbar up with Auto Size selected

  1. Press Pre-defined scale, and select a pre-defined architectural, metric, or engineering scale.

Tip: To apply a custom drawing scale, choose Custom Scale and type your own scale ratio.

  1. Decide a page size.
  1. Press OK.

Add floor plan shapes

  1. Choose the Walls, Doors, and Windows stencil.
  1. Drag a room shape onto the drawing page.
  1. To adjust the room’s size, drag the control handles.
  1. Drag door and window shapes onto the wall of the room.

Note: Doors and windows rotate automatically to align with the room’s walls. They also acquire the wall’s thickness and move with the room.

  1. Drag furnishings, equipment, and accessories onto the page from the Office FurnitureOffice Equipment, and Office Accessories stencils.

Tip: Pick More Shapes > Maps and Floor Plans > Building Plan to discover extra floor plan stencils.

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Whether it’s a simple room layout or a comprehensive office floor diagram like this one, creating detailed, precise floor plans is easier than you think.

With a template, I have everything at my fingertips, from layout to electrical to furnishings.

To find one, I go to File, select New, and select Templates.

I’m going to create a basic private office plan for a new space so I’ll select the Maps and Floor Plans category.

The Office Layout template looks good.

I’ll select it, and then select Create.

Because rooms are much larger than we can comfortably see on a screen, this template opens with a drawing scale of one-half inch to a foot, so an 11-inch page represents 22 feet of floor space.

I only need 11 feet, so I’ll change the scale.

I go to Design, select the More arrow in the Page Setup group, select Drawing Scale, and choose a Pre-defined scale of one inch to one foot.

I’ll also change the Page size (in measurement units) to 12 feet by 10 feet, and then select OK.

The first thing I need for my office plan is—an office!

I’ll drag the Room shape onto the page.

This office is 8 by 10 feet—just right.

Next, I drag a Door shape onto the Room shape.

It’s 30 inches, which is just the right size.

I’m ready for furniture.

I’ll select the Office Furniture stencil for that.

Every office has the same basic furniture.

I’ll drag each piece onto the page: a Corner surface, a Drawer unit, and a Private office chair.

Each employee gets a phone, a laptop, and a trash can.

I drag them onto the page from the Office Equipment and Office Accessories stencils.

To make the layout look a little more realistic before I present it to the team, I’ll add a potted plant and an employee.

And I’ll save my drawing.

Now I have a plan for a basic office to present to our staff as we prepare to move into our new office space.

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