June 21, 2016 20:01
How do I change the floorplan scale and use the measurement tools?
June 21, 2016 20:10
Hi Pam! Great question.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.
The key elements to designing your floorplan are:
Using the scale tool:
The scale tool, accessed on the bottom left of the canvas, allows you to set your default unit as meters or feet for your scale. Then, using the proportions on the right side of the bar, you can set the scale in those units. Here, you'll see that I have set the scale to be 1 inch of the canvas page = 5 feet.
This scale allows me to properly adjust my walls to be the correct length.
Using the measurement object:
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.
Using the Page Settings panel:
The Page Settings panel, shown above on the right, allows you to set options for the grid in the background of your document as well as for the scale.
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.