Create a floor plan – Visio

Start a new floor plan

  1. In the Categories list, click the Maps and Floor Plans category.


  2. Click Floor Plan, and then click Create.



Turn on gridlines to help with scale and precision

You may want to have gridlines visible on your drawing canvas to help you lay out and scale objects carefully:


A fixed grid can beĀ useful in floor plans and maps, where you always want grid lines to show the same measurement. To make the grid fixed:

  1. On the toolbar ribbon, select View.


  2. In right corner of the Show group, select the “More” arrow
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  3. In the dialog box, enterĀ the minimum spacing required between lines for each axis, and the grid will retain a fixed perspective throughout your design process, regardless of zoom level.



Create the exterior wall structure

Using room shapes

  1. From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag one of the room shapes onto the drawing page.


  2. Resize the room shape by dragging the control and selection handles on individual walls.



Using wall shapes

  1. From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag Exterior wall shapes onto the drawing page.


  2. Continue to draw the exterior by using these options:

    • Resize walls by dragging an endpoint.

    • Right-click wall shapes to set options.

    • Drag an endpoint of one wall to another wall.

    The endpoints are highlighted when the walls are glued. Intersections between two walls are cleaned up automatically.




Create the interior wall structure

  1. From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag wall shapes onto the drawing page, positioning them inside the exterior structure.


  2. Continue to draw the interior by using these options:

    • Resize walls by dragging an endpoint.

    • Right-click a wall to set options.

    • Drag an endpoint of one wall to another wall.



Add doors and windows


Doors and windows automatically rotate to align with and glue to the wall. They also acquire the wall’s thickness and move with walls when you reposition them.


Add other structural elements

  • From the Walls, Shell and Structure stencil, drag structural shapes, such as columns, onto the drawing page.

  • From the Building Core stencil, drag building core shapes, such as stairs, onto the drawing page.


Add electrical symbols and dimension lines

Electrical symbols

  1. From the Electrical and Telecom stencil, drag wall switches, outlets, and other wall fixtures onto wall shapes. Release the

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