The Floor Plan SmartPanel lets you quickly find and add floor plan symbols and pre-built structures, draw walls, and set preferences like scale and dimensions in your design.
Add symbols from the selected library by dragging-and-dropping them to your drawing area. You can also click and stamp them.
Search for Symbols
In most cases, you'll need more than one library of symbols to complete a floor plan. You can find additional libraries of symbols using the Search Symbols command.
Type in any word to search for new shapes and objects.
The results will be organized by the libraries symbols were found in.
To add a symbol to your drawing from this view, you can simply drag and drop any symbol to your page.
You can also save the results for later use. To pin just the symbols that matched your search from a particular library, click on the three dots next to the library's name and select "Add result".
You can also pin the entire library by clicking "Add library."
Import Visio Stencils or Create a Custom Library
To import Visio stencils, create a custom library, or import a library, click on the hamburger menu next to Symbols in the SmartPanel and choose the appropriate option.
Click on Add Single Wall in the SmartPanel and start drawing a wall in your drawing area. Click and drag your cursor to add a wall segment. At the end of the wall segment, let go of your mouse. Click again at the corner to add a wall segment in a different angle to create a room.
As long as you're in wall drawing mode, you can keep connecting and adding wall segments. When you're done drawing walls, click again on the button that now says Stop Adding Walls.
Change the Scale at Any Time
You don't have to pick and stick to a scale with SmartDraw. You can change the scale for your entire drawing at any time. Click on Units & Scale and choose from common Architectural, Metric, and Mechanical Engineering scales. You can also specify your own custom scale.
Add an annotation layer to your drawing using the Add Annotation Layer command on the SmartPanel. This annotation layer will automatically adjust its size and position as the drawing area (or paper size) changes. You can add the scale, author and other information about the design in this layer just like the "page view" in a traditional CAD program.
Adding a Corner
Click the Add Corner button to add a new corner to a room outline. Next, click on the spot on your existing wall where you want to add a new corner. SmartDraw will automatically add two new wall segments at right angles from the spot clicked to create a new corner going outward from the existing outline unless space doesn't permit it, in which case the corner will added going inwards.
The size of the initial "kick out" or "indentation" will be determined by your scale and room in your drawing. On the standard 1:4 scale used in our floor plan templates, the indentation will be one major scale unit or 4 feet. Again, as long as there's room for that in the drawing area. Subsequent corners may vary in size to keep a reasonable shape to the room. After adding a corner, you can always adjust its precise measurements.
Once a corner is added, you can fine tune its size and indentation using the wall adjustment tools. Just click on the arrows to drag the walls inward or outward as desired.
Add a Wall Opening
You can quickly add a standard wall opening using the Add Wall Opening button on the SmartPanel. Click the button and place the opening anywhere along your wall. You'll see an anchor symbol and black dot to indicate where the opening will be created. SmartDraw will also show you the distance from the corners to the wall opening for easier placement.
The Split Wall command on the SmartPanel lets you detach a wall in a closed room or building. You can open up a wall or completely remove it. Click the button in the SmartPanel then click on the wall you want to detach from the rest of the structure. You'll now be able to move that wall freely away from the rest of the floor plan.
The Show Dimensions option toggles showing dimension lines for walls and other objects on your floor plans on and off. You can set specific preferences for dimension settings by clicking on Dimensions in the Design tab. Learn more about showing dimensions here.
Click on the Measure Distance button to draw a line to measure any distance in your floor plan.
You can use the Measure Area button to draw a box to measure out an area in your floor plan.
Any floor plan symbol can have shape data associated with it. Data is basically a set of fields and associated values. These show in the data panel and in a tool tip on the shape itself.
To add data to a shape, you'll use the Data tab of the SmartPanel to the left of your work area.
Click Add Data Table to create a new table or import an existing table.
To read the full tutorial on making a floor plan with SmartDraw visit our floor plan how to guide: