The floorplan scale feature in Lucidchart, explained below, allows you to create to-scale floorplans for your home, office, and event venues by using our shapes or importing your own drawing and matching up the scale.
Let’s take a look at some of the key features you can use to design a beautiful floor plan:
- The Floor Plan Shape Library: To use this library, choose the "+ Shapes" button at the bottom of the Toolbox, select Floor Plans, and choose “Use Selected Shapes.” The library will now be saved to your Toolbox so all you have to do is drag and drop shapes onto the canvas. Make sure to check out the measurement shape. It will reflect the changes you've made in the scale and help with creating consistent floor plans.
- Floor Plan Template: You can access Lucidchart floor plan templates by clicking on the Templates tab in your documents page, by selecting "+ New Document" from the File menu of an existing document, or by pressing M on your keypad to open the Workspace Manager while in an existing document. Open the Floor plan section, then click on a thumbnail to preview a template. To create an editable copy of a template, click “Create Document.”
- Scale Tool: Open the scale tool by clicking the gear icon that appears in the bottom left corner of the canvas when you open a floor plan template or save the Floor Plan shape library. You can use it to change the scale units and proportions.
- Page Settings: To access your page settings, click Settings from the Dock (located on the right side of the editor). From here, you can adjust the page size, fit the content to the page, change units of measurement, and much more.
The scale tool, accessed by clicking the gear icon on the bottom left corner of the canvas, allows you to set the default unit as meters or feet for your scale. You can then set your scale to the appropriate proportions in those units. In the image below, the scale indicates that 1 inch of the canvas page equals 5 feet.
This scale allows me to properly adjust my walls to be the correct length.
I can use the measurement object and place it on the canvas to verify the size of the wall or simply to have as a reference point for the scale if I export my document. You'll see below that the measurement object, below the 10' wall, tells you what proportion the scale is in and also gives you a visual reference.
The Page Settings panel is accessed from the Dock and allows you to adjust the canvas grid and the content scale.
- The Grid: The grid boxes that you see in the background of your canvas are a useful visual guide for floor plans, especially if you match them up with your scale. Adjust the grid size under Grid in the Page Settings panel. Below, you'll notice that the scale is set to 1 in = 5 ft, and the grid size is set to 0.5 in. The 10' wall above makes it easy to see that there are 4 grid boxes for 10 inches, matching the scale.
- Content Scale: When building a floor plan, we recommend using the scale tool to set your scale rather than using the content scale. However, under “Page” in the Page Settings panel, you can use the “Fit” button if you're simply trying to scale something to fit a single page for printing purposes.
Note: If you're importing a floorplan from another program as an image, make sure to re-size the image to fit the scale on the document or vice versa.
In this example, you can see that the imported image has a wall from Lucidchart pulled out next to it. By assuring that the measurement of one of Lucidchart's walls matches the wall of the imported image, your scale should be set up properly.