Floor Plan Tutorial

This floor plan tutorial is provided to help you understand how to create a floor plan. The easiest way to design floor plan is to do it based on the Edraw templates and examples.

Start to Create a Floor Plan

Start to Create a Floor Plan

Open Edraw, on the start page find Floor Plans category and double click Floor Plan Template to get into the drawing page. All the required shapes and symbols will appear in the library bar on the left side. Click the following link to view the video tutorial: Video Tutorial - How to Create a Floor Plan

Basic Setting

1. Set the drawing scale.
Drawing scale determines how a distance on the page represents a distance in the real world. You may need to set a proper drawing scale before designing according to the real area size. Go to Floor Plan menu of the Ribbon, input a drawing scale value in the box and click Set Drawing Scale button.
2. Set wall thickness.
Go to Floor Plan menu of the Ribbon, input a wall thickness value in the box, and click Set Selected Wall Thickness button to set for a selected wall; click Set All Wall Thickness to set all the walls at one time.
3. Set unit and precision.
Go to Floor Plan menu of the Ribbon, click Unit and Precision buttons to set the unit and precision.
4. Display dimensions of the wall.
There are two options: 1. Display the dimensions when selected. 2. Always display the dimensions. If you want to print or export the floor plan without showing the dimensions, then choose the first option.

Set the drawing scale

Create the Basic Exterior Wall Structure

Basic Exterior Wall Structure
Edit Dimension
Glue Wall

You have two options:
1. Use Room shapes.
From Wall Shell and Structure library, drag and drop a room shape onto the drawing page.
To resize the room dimension, you can:
a. Drag the green endpoint.
b. Double click the dimension text to type the length or width value. And the size will change accordingly.
2. Use Wall shapes
From Wall Shell and Structure library, drag and drop wall shapes onto the drawing page. Resize the wall by dragging the green endpoints or changing the length value. Connect walls by dragging one wall to another, when the endpoint turns red, release the mouse and two walls will be glued. Intersections between two walls are cleaned up automatically.

Create the Interior Wall Structure

Create Interior Wall Structure

Drag wall shapes and position them inside the exterior structure.
Resize the walls by dragging the endpoints or changing the length value.
Drag an endpoint from one wall to another wall. The endpoints turn red when the walls are glued. Intersections between two walls are cleaned up automatically.

Add a Door

Add a Door
Glue Door
Door Opening Direction
Door Yellow Handle


There are plenty of door shapes in the Wall, Shell and Structure library.
Drag a door shape and approach it to the wall. When the wall turns to dark red, release the mouse, and the door will be automatically aligned and glued to the wall.
To set the opening direction, you can either right click the door shape and set Flip option in the context menu, or go to Home menu to click Rotate and Flip button and set.
Drag the yellow handle to change the door opening angle and direction.

Add a Window

Add A Window

There are various window shapes in the Wall, Shell and Structure library.
Drag a window shape and approach to the wall. When the wall turns to dark red, release the mouse, and the window will be automatically aligned and glued to the wall.

Add Furniture and Plants

Furniture Symbols
Add Furniture
Add Plants

There is a large collection of common used furniture symbols in the Furniture library.
Drag a furniture from the library and drop to the position you want.
All the furniture shapes are resizable, you can set the size by dragging the green endpoints or editing length and width value directly.
To change the furniture colors, first select a furniture, then go to Home menu, Fill button for setting. Read Fills, Shadows and Patterns to learn more about the fill function.
If you need plants for decoration, go to Plants library, there are plenty of plant images available.

Add Dimension Lines to Walls

Add Dimension Lines
Dimension Guides
Dimension Setting

Drag a dimension line from Dimensioning library to a wall.
To perfectly align with the edge of the wall, you can drag a smart guide from the ruler for alignment.
From the floating button, it's easy to set the unit, precision, angle and extension lines options.

Here are some complete examples of floor plans created by Edraw. You may start to design your own floor plans now! Download free floor plan templates.

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