Floor Plans - Types, Symbols & Examples
Everything you need to know about floor plans. From different types and how to create one, to useful floor plan symbols and examples.
What Is a Floor Plan?
A floor plan is a type of drawing that shows you the layout of a home or property from above. Floor plans typically illustrate the location of walls, windows, doors, and stairs, as well as fixed installations such as bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinetry, and appliances. Floor plans are usually drawn to scale and will indicate room types, room sizes, and wall lengths. They may also show furniture layouts and include outdoor areas.
Why Are Floor Plans Important?
According to research by Zillow, 81% of home buyers say they are more likely to view a home if the listing includes a floor plan they like.
Floor plans are an essential part of real estate marketing, as well as home building, interior design, and architecture projects.
Floor plans show the relationship between rooms and spaces, furniture layout, and communicate how one can move through a property.
Types of Floor Plans
2D Floor Plans
A 2D floor plan is a type of diagram that shows the layout of a space from above including the walls and rooms. 2D means that the floor plan is a “flat” drawing, without perspective or depth. A 2D floor plan can be a sketch, a blueprint, or computer drawing.
3D Floor Plans
A 3D floor plan is a type of diagram that shows the layout of a home or property in 3D. 3D means that the floor plan shows both perspective and height. Unlike a 2D Floor Plan, a 3D Floor Plan has more details and makes it easier to understand the space.
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Floor Plans for Real Estate
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Floor Plans for Interior Design
Illustrate the interior with a furniture layout plan, so you know exactly what should go where.
Floor Plans for Office Planning
Plan where the employees should sit, cubicles or open seating, and where the reception desk should go.
How to Create Floor Plans
There are two easy ways to create floor plans. Either use a DIY floor plan software or order floor plans from a redraw service.
Draw Yourself With a Floor Plan Creator
You can easily draw floor plans yourself using a floor plan software. Even non-professionals can create high-quality floor plans. Often, all you need to do is invest 10 minutes of your time in learning the software, and then you will be drawing floor plans in no time.
Order From a Redraw Service
If you have an existing blueprint or sketch of the home, you can use a redraw service to get a professional floor plan. Just send in the sketch, and the floor plan will be ready the next business day. The best services offer a solution where you can easily edit the final plan as well.
How to Read Floor Plan Symbols
Here are some common symbols you will find on a floor plan:
Doors are represented with a curved line showing which way the door swings.
Windows are indicated on floor plans as a double-lined gap.
Stairs have an arrow pointing to the highest point of the stair.
The compass symbol quickly shows you which direction North is.
Furniture symbols will resemble the furniture they are representing - this one is a sofa with a coffee table.
Multiple kitchen appliances to indicate freezer, the cooking stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher.