How to Create a Floor Plan in Visio

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Floor Plans are the very first architectural drawing that is submitted to the client to get their approval. In this article, we will compare the steps you need to follow to create the Visio floor plan in MS Visio and EdrawMax.

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What is a floor plan? Floor Plans are the very first architectural drawing that is submitted to the client to get their approval. A typical floor plan includes the basic layout of the entire property, including the positioning of furniture, the location of different bedrooms, measurements, labels, exterior details, and more. A Visio floor plan is a 2D representation of the house created using Microsoft Visio. In a general sense, a floor plan indicates the layout of the property, as seen from the top. In this article, we will compare the steps you need to follow to create the Visio floor plan in MS Visio and EdrawMax. We will also help you compare floor plan makers by providing you with some of the amazing features that EdrawMax offers.

We will also help you understand how by creating a Visio floor plan in EdrawMax, you enable multiple rounds of revisions that not only help create the perfect floor plan but ensures that you work on the diagrams without losing on important details.

Create a floor plan in Visio

1. How to Create a Floor Plan in Visio

  • Plan the Design and Open the Visio:
  • If you are going to design a floor plan, Visio and its extensive library can be helpful for that. Before you start working on your Visio floor plan, you should make an outline plan of the floor. If you know how to create a floor plan, it becomes easier to work on your floor plan Visio. To start with the floor plan, open the tool on your device. Then you need to go to the File menu and click on New to get the floor plan templates.

    Create a floor plan in Visio

  • Setup the Scale:
  • After you select the template, set the scale correctly by opening the page setup dialog box of the Design tab. Change the floor plan dimension to maintain accuracy. After you define the scale and add value, click on OK. Maintain the shape dimensions while placing them. It will help you make a well-planned and accurate floor plan.

    Create a floor plan in Visio

  • Place the furniture & Add Texts:
  • Floor plans are incomplete without the furniture or equipment. If you are doing an office floor plan, you should position the office equipment. Visio library comes with several shapes and symbols. It will help you represent the furniture by allowing you to set its dimensions. You can take shapes from the Shape Pane. You can see the list of commonly used office equipment in the shape pane if you check the Office Furniture sub-menu. You can keep the Shape Data pane visible, which will help to adjust the dimension of the shapes. Once you have placed the furniture, you can add other details and texts to your floor plan. Click on the Insert tab and take Text Boxes for that. You can add a scale in the text box to give the reader the information and compare it with their original size.

    Create a floor plan in Visio

  • Save the Floor Plan:
  • You can add page titles and backgrounds from the Design Tab. You may apply a theme to make it look more professional than ever. After you are satisfied with your Visio Floor Plan, you can save the file. Floor plans are extremely important for a building's construction phase. As you saw here, creating a floor plan in Visio might require certain technical expertise, and the lack of templates also serves no good to the new users. Check out the next section, where we have outlined the easiest way to create and share floor plans in Visio format.

    Create a floor plan in Visio

How to Create a floor plan in Visio:
  • Plan the Design and Open the Visio;
  • Setup the Scale;
  • Place the Furniture & Add Texts;
  • Save the Floor Plan;

2. How to Create a Floor Plan in EdrawMax

EdrawMax is a diagramming tool, well equipped with all the required features to create a floor plan. Follow the steps below and start creating the floor plan that you can later export in multiple formats.

Step1 Open EdrawMax & Login

The very first step that you need to follow is to install EdrawMax in your system. Go to EdrawMax Download and download the floor plan maker software depending upon your operating system. If you need remote collaboration with your office team, head to EdrawMax Online and log in using your registered email address.

Create a floor plan in EdrawMax

Step2 Select a Template

EdrawMax has over 1,200 templates that you can use. Head to the 'Templates' section and search for 'Floor Plan.' Once you find a desired floor plan template, import it to the EdrawMax canvas and start customizing it.

Create a floor plan in EdrawMax

Step3 Create From Scratch

If you plan to create a floor plan from scratch, go to 'Building Plan' that you will find under the 'Engineering' diagram type and click on 'Floor Plan.' Upon clicking, you can either select from pre-built templates or click on the '+' sign. Once you are on the EdrawMax canvas board, you will find several floor plan symbols on the left and customizing options on the top and right toolbar. Start placing the floor's outline first, followed by the interior and exterior walls, windows, etc.

Create a floor plan in EdrawMax

Step4 Add Symbols & Components

You can add different floor plan components in your drawing, like kitchen and dining symbols, doors & windows symbols, wall shell & structure, etc. Arrange them to the best of your knowledge. If you have imported the Visio floor plan, you can start customizing it as per your requirements. From changing the dimension to updating the components, you can fully customize this Visio floor plan template.

Create a floor plan in EdrawMax

Step5 Export & Share

Once you are satisfied with your floor plan design, you can export it into multiple formats, like JPEG, PNG, PDF, HTML, and more. You can further share your floor plan in VSDX format and also on different social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Line.

Create a floor plan in EdrawMax

Basically, it is simple to create a floor plan in EdrawMax. Just grab a template, keep customizing, drag and drop professional floor plan symbols to make your drawings better. If you are still confused about how to draw a floor plan in EdrawMax, just check the video below.

3. EdrawMax vs. Visio

Some of the most common comparison factors between Visio and EdrawMax are:

  • Visio has limitations when it comes to providing its users with free templates and resources. In EdrawMax, you can find templates ranging from floor plans to network diagrams, science diagrams, marketing diagrams, project management diagrams, and more.
  • Floor plan designs require you to connect two or more objects. Visio requires technical expertise to use how to connect two objects or points properly and easily. EdrawMax provides a seemingly easy way that allows you to connect two or more objects easily.
  • The user interface of MS Visio looks very complicated and clumsy for those who have just started out. EdrawMax's interface is user-friendly as it looks a lot like MS Word.

In order to create professional floor plans, you will require the assistance of symbols. EdrawMax has over 26,000 symbols that are available in the symbol library. Head to the Symbol Library and click on Predefined Symbols; you will find thousands of symbols grouped as per the diagram type. Click on Floor Plan to access all the building symbols that are available at EdrawMax. Some of the most common floor plan symbols are:

  • Doors & Windows: Window, open Window, Glider Window, Door, Double Hang Door.
  • Wall Shell & Structure: Room, L-Shaped Room, T-Shaped Room, Vertical Outer Wall, Curved Outer Wall.
  • Kitchen & Dining Room: Basin, Refrigerator, Lamp, Saucepan, Dining Table.

In addition to this, EdrawMax has an amazing Templates Community of over 25 million registered users. These users are constantly updating the template section to inspire other users. Some of the most common floor plan templates that you can instantly duplicate are the Floor Plan for the first floor, the 2-floor hotel floor plan, The flat floor plan for the first floor, The restaurant floor plan, the Bedroom floor plan, the Double floor restaurant floor plan, and more.

Comparison of Floor Plan Features

Essentials

Visio

Edraw

Free or not

1-month trial

Freemium

Diagram Types

42+

280+

Symbols

5,000+

26,000+

Examples & Templates

20+

1,500+

Languages

98

11 (English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese)

Pricing

$309.99 (one-time Standard); $579.99 (one-time Professional)

$245 (one-time); $312 (one-time, bundled with EdrawMind and EdrawInfo)

Runs On

Win and Web

Win, Mac, Linux, and Web

Diagrams, Templates, and Symbols

Visio

Edraw

floor plan

Org Chart

Network Diagram

Process Flow Diagram

floor plan and floor plan Diagram

Mind Map

Office Layout

Floor Plan

Only Professional Available

HVAC Plan

Only Professional Available

Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID)

Only Professional Available

Rack Diagram

Only Professional Available

Azure and AWS Diagram

Only Professional Available

Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN)

Only Professional Available

Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD) and UML Diagram

Only Professional Available

Concept Map

Infographic

Emergency Exit Plan

Presentation

Template Community (A user-generated platform for creating & discovering templates)

Symbol Library (Create your own symbols and import symbols from external sources)

Features

Visio

Edraw

Infinite canvas and Multipage documents

Shape drawing & text tools

Position, alignment, and formatting tools

Custom diagram theme

Insert pictures, hyperlinks, notes, comments, and attachments

Custom diagram watermark

Insert QR codes

Area auto-calculation (floor plan)

Cloud Storage

Formula editor

Encrypt files

Auto formatting

Focus mode

Custom Shortcut keys

Version History

File Recovery

Import & Export

Visio

Edraw

Import from Visio and Visio Stencils

Import from SVG

Export to Visio

Export to PDF, SVG, HTML, and Graphic Files

Export to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Export to EPS

4. Free Floor Plan Maker

When you create a floor plan, you need a tool that is equipped with all the diagramming features. EdrawMax is trusted by over 25 million users and notable brands and has some amazing features, like:

  • With this free floor plan maker, you can create reflected ceiling plans, elevation plans, HVAC layouts, garden/landscape plans, and kitchen plans.
  • With EdrawMax, you get an architect's scale that assures that the floor plan that you make is technically correct for the real world.
  • This entire free floor plan software is built on vectors, which means that you can add minute-to-minute components to your floor plan and still gather the information it possesses.
  • With EdrawMax, you can easily export and share your floor plan designs in multiple formats, like JPEG, PNG, PDF, HTML, and more. This free floor plan software also helps in importing and exporting Visio floor plans.
  • By using EdrawMax, you can also share your floor plan designs on multiple social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Line.
edrawmax logoEdrawMax Desktop
Create over 280 types of diagrams
Windows, Mac, Linux (runs in all environments)
Professional inbuilt resources and templates
On-premises software for business
Enterprise-level data security
edrawmax logoEdrawMax Online
Create over 280 types of diagrams online
Access diagrams anywhere, anytime
Templates Community
Team management and collaboration
Personal Cloud and Dropbox Integration

5. Final Thoughts

As we saw in the illustrated guide to creating a floor plan in Visio and other tools, floor plans are the most important drawing of any building's architecture. It is the first drawing the builders created to help visualize the final construction of the house or the building. EdrawMax is one such floor plan maker that lets you create all types of building diagrams. From reflected ceiling plans to elevation plans, you can create different types of floor plans right on one canvas board.

With EdrawMax, you do not have to worry about adding third-party add-ons, as everything you require to create a floor plan can easily be found within the system. Download EdrawMax today and start creating amazing floor plans for your building that you can later share in VSDX and other formats.

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