Create a Set of Indoor Floor Plan Shapes

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a set of indoor floor plan symbols and how to save them inside a shape library.

For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to use the canvas scale settings. Moving on you will learn how to take full advantage of the Snap to Grid feature and how to work with basic tools.

To ease the work and to speed up your process you will learn how to easily save colors and styles and how to use them throughout the tutorial. You will learn how to create dotted or perfect paths and how to align, adjust or cut objects.

Finally, you will learn how to create a new shape library, how to save your symbols and how to import existing shape libraries.

Step 1

Tap the plus button from the top, left corner of the screen, tap the the Create Document button and then choose the Grid document style.

Focus on the right side of the Titlebar and tap that ruler icon to open the  Properties panel. Open the Canvas pane and go to the Units & Scale pane.

We're about to create a ‘to-scale’ technical design using the canvas scale settings. First, make sure that the Base Unit is set to inches and then move to the bottom of the pane. Change the Display Unit from inches to feet and set one inch to stands for three feet. The actual paper size of the document will not change, only the displayed values and units are adjusted by this setting.

Once you're done return to the Canvas pane and set the Width and Height of your canvas to 56 in.

Next, you need to adjust your document's grid. Re-open the Properties panel and this time go to the Grid pane. Make sure that the Snap to Grid feature is enabled and keep in mind that this is where you should come whenever you wish to enable or disable the grid or the Snap to Grid.

Open the Grid Settings pane, enter 0.1 ft in both Spacing boxes and 0 lines in that one Subdivisions box.

Step 2

Focus on the Toolbar and notice that by default the Fill color is set to white while the Line color is set to black. Tap the Line color well and replace the existing color with R=54 G=65 B=80, and then tap the Fill color well and drag the Alpha slider to 0%, which will simply make the fill invisible.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on that Tool Options pane and drag the Radius slider to 8. Move to your canvas and create a 2.6 x 2.6 ft shape - the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Make sure that your shape stays selected and focus on the right side of your Titlebar. Tap the leftmost icon to open the Appearance panel and then go to the Effects pane. Tap the existing Stroke to expand it, drag the Width slider to 4 pt and then check the Round Cap, Round Join and Center Alignment buttons.

You should also save the stroke color used for this shape as you are about to use it throughout the entire tutorial. Simply tap the Stroke color well from the Effects panel (or the Line color well from your Toolbar), switch to the Color Palette, and then drag your active color to one of the palette slots.

Step 3

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected, open the Styles pane from the Appearance panel and simply tap that plus button to save the attributes used for your selected shape. Using this style, you will be able to quickly apply the appearance attributes of this rounded rectangle to other shapes.

Step 4

Reselect the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on the Tool Options pane and drag that Radius slider to 6. Move to your canvas, create a 2 x 2 ft shape and place it exactly as shown in the following image.

Make sure that this new shape stays selected, focus on the Effects pane and expand the existing Stroke. Drag the Width slider to 3 pt and then check the Round Cap, Round Join and Center Alignment buttons. Also, tap the color well of this Stroke and make sure that you're using your saved color.

With this new rounded rectangle still selected, move to the Styles pane and save a second style using that same plus button.

Step 5

Using the Line Tool, create two, 0.3 ft, vertical lines. Place them exactly as shown in the following image and simply apply your second style from the Styles panel.

Step 6

Go to your Toolbar, make the Line invisible and then select the Fill and apply your saved color.

Pick the Ellipse Tool, create a 0.2 ft circle and place it as shown in the following image. Tap and hold with a second finger while dragging to easily create a perfect circle.

Step 7

Go to your Toolbar, make the Fill invisible and then select the Line and apply your saved color.

Using the Line Tool, create the three lines shown in the following image. Tap and hold with a second finger while dragging to easily create a perfect, oblique or straight line.

For starters, apply your second style for these three paths. Pick the Path Selection Tool, focus on the Tool Options pane and activate the Add to Selection mode – this mode will allow you to easily select or add new shapes to an existing selection using simple taps. Select the three lines made in this step and go to the Effects pane. Drag the Width slider to 2 pt and then return to the Styles pane and save a third style using that same plus button.

Step 8

Focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap the rightmost icon to open the Layers panel. Add a second layer using the plus button located in the bottom of the panel. Make sure that your new layer stays selected, as the new shapes you are about to create will go here.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set the Radius to 8. Move to your canvas, create a new 2.6 x 2.6 ft shape and simply apply your first style from the Styles panel.

Make sure that the Rounded Rectangle Tool is still active, return to the Tool Options pane and lower the Radius attribute to 6. Create a 2 x 2 ft shape, place it as shown in the second image and apply your second style from the Styles panel.

Switch to the Line Tool and create two, 0.3 ft, vertical paths. Place these new lines as shown in the second image and apply your second style from the Styles panel. Using that same tool, create the four oblique paths shown in the fourth image and apply your third style from the Styles panel.

Finally, pick the Ellipse Tool. Create a 0.2 ft circle, place it as shown in the fifth image and fill it with your saved color.

Step 9

Move to the Layers panel, add a third layer and make sure that it stays selected.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on the Tool Options pane and drag the Radius slider to 4. Create a 2.6 x 2.6 ft shape and fill it with a random yellow. Switch to the Rectangle Tool, create a 1.5 ft square, fill it with a random blue and place it exactly as shown in the second image.

Select both shapes made in this step, open the Combine pane from the Properties panel and simply tap the Subtract command. In the end your resulting yellow shape should look like in the fourth image.

Step 10

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on the Tool Options pane and drag the Radius slider to 30. Move to your canvas, create a 2.6 x 2.6 ft shape and place it above your yellow shape as shown below.

Select this new shape along with the yellow one, return to the Combine pane and tap the Union command. Make sure that the resulting shape is selected and simply apply your first style from the Styles panel.

Step 11

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set the Radius slider to 4. Create a 2 x 2 ft shape and fill it with a random yellow. Switch to the Rectangle Tool, create a 1.2 ft square, fill it with a random blue and place it exactly as shown in the second image.

Pick the Path Selection Tool and activate the Add to Selection mode. Simply tap the two shapes made in this step to select them, go to the Combine pane and tap the Subtract command. In the end your resulting yellow shape should look like in the fourth image.

Step 12

Pick the Ellipse Tool, create a 2 ft circle and place it above the yellow shape as shown below. Select this circle along with the yellow shape, return to the Combine pane and tap the Union command. Make sure that the resulting shape is selected and simply apply your second style from the Styles panel.

Step 13

Using the Line Tool, add the three line segments shown in the first image and apply your second style from the Styles panel.

Switch to the Ellipse Tool, create a 0.2 ft circle, place it as shown in the second image and don't forget to fill it with your saved color.

Reselect the Line Tool, add the three line segments shown in the third image and apply your third style from the Styles panel.

Step 14

Open the Layers panel, add a fourth layer and make sure that it stays selected.

Using the Ellipse Tool, create a 1.1 x 1.6 ft shape and apply your first style from the Styles panel. Focus on the top side of this oval shape, pick the Path Selection Tool and activate the Convert mode. Simply tap that top anchor point and drag those direction handles as shown in the second image. Once again, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Switch to the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set that Radius slider to 5. Create a 1.5 x 0.5 ft shape, place it as shown in the third image and don't forget to apply your first style from the Styles panel.

Step 15

Using the Ellipse Tool, create a 0.7 x 1.2 ft shape, place it as shown in the first image and apply your second style. Keep focusing on this oval shape, pick the Path Selection Tool, select the top anchor point and drag it 0.2 ft down.

Reselect the Ellipse Tool, create a 0.3 x 0.6 ft shape, place it as shown in the third image and apply your second style. Switch to the Path Selection Tool, select the top anchor point and drag it 0.1 ft down.

Step 16

Using the Ellipse Tool, create a 0.7 x 0.4 shape, place it as shown in the first image and don't forget to apply your second style from the Styles panel.

Switch to the Rounded Rectangle Tool, create a 0.3 x 0.1 ft shape, place it as shown in the second image and fill it with your saved color.

Step 17

Focus on the Layers panel, make sure that your top layer is selected, tap it and go to Duplicate. Select the newly added layer and use the Move Tool to select all its content. Move to your canvas and simply drag the selected shapes to the right, roughly as shown in the first image.

Select the two shapes highlighted in the first image and remove them using the X button from the left side of your Titlebar.

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, set the Radius to 3 and create a 0.7 x 0.3 ft shape. Place it as shown in the second image, apply your second style from the Styles panel, and then switch to the Ellipse Tool. Create two, 0.1 ft circles, place them exactly as shown in the third image and don't forget to fill these tiny, new shapes with your color.

Step 18

Move to the Layers panel, add a new layer and make sure that it stays selected.

Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool, create a 3 x 0.2 ft shape and apply your first style from the Styles panel. Make three copies of this new rounded rectangle and spread them as shown in the first image.

Using the Line Tool, create a 5.8 ft, horizontal path and apply that same style from the Styles panel. Make a new copy of the rounded rectangle created in this step and place it as shown in the third image.

Reselect the Line Tool and this time create a 0.2 ft, horizontal path. Place it as shown in the third image and don't forget to apply your first style from the Styles panel.

Step 19

Keep focusing on the shapes made in the previous step. Select the rounded rectangle and the tiny, horizontal path made in the finale of the previous step and Group them using the Group command from the Properties panel. Make sure that this group stays selected and simply tap and hold to open that context menu. Use the Copy and the Paste commands to duplicate your selected group.

Select the newly made group, place it as shown in the first image and then flip it horizontally using the Flip Horizontally button from the Geometry pane.

Step 20

Keep focusing on the two groups made in the previous step. Select the right one and pick the Rotate Tool. Use a simple tap to place the reference point in the top, right corner of your selected group and then tap and drag to rotate your selection 30 degrees. Tap and hold with a second finger while dragging to constrain the rotation to 15 degrees increments.

Step 21

Duplicate the shapes that make up your double door. Select the copies and drag them down about as shown in the first image. Focus on these copies, select the left group of shapes and pick the Rotate Tool. Place the reference point in the top, left corner and then rotate your selection -30 degress as shown below.

Step 22

Pick the Arc Tool and create a perfect, 3 ft arc. Tap and hold with a second finger while dragging to easily create a perfect arc. Apply your color for the Stroke color and then open the Stroke pane from the Appearance panel. Set the Width to 3 pt and then open the Line Style popup menu and simply select the line style that can be seen in the following image.

Step 23

Make a new copy of the group that makes up your door, rotate it and place it next to the dotted path as shown in the first image. Select this group along with the dotted path and Group them using that same Group command from the Properties panel. Flip or rotate this group however you want.

Step 24

Move to the Layers panel, add a new layer and make sure that it stays selected.

Using the Ellipse Tool, create a 1.6 ft circle and fill it with a random yellow. Switch to the Path Selection Tool and keep focusing on this new shape. Select the top anchor point and drag it 1 ft up.

Pick the Rectangle Tool, create a 1. 6 x 1.4 ft shape, fill it with a random blue and place it as shown in the third image. Select both shapes made in this step, go to the Combine pane and tap the Subtract command. Make sure that the resulting shape is selected and simply apply your first style from the Styles panel.

Step 25

Using the Ellipse Tool, create a 1 x 0.7 ft shape, place it as shown in the first image and apply your second style. Create two, 0.1 ft circle, place them as shown in the first image and fill both shapes with your saved color.

Add a third, 0.1 ft circle, fill it with the same color and place it as shown in the third image. Select this tiny, new circle along with the oval shape made in the beginning of the step, go to the Align pane from the Properties panel and simply tap the Vertical command.

Step 26

Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool, create a 0.2 x 0.1 ft shape, place it as shown in the first image and fill it with your color. Switch to the Line Tool, create a 0.3 ft, vertical path, place it as shown in the second image and simply apply your second style.

Open the Layers panel and duplicate your top layer. Select all the shapes from your newly added layer and drag them down, about as shown in the third image.

Step 27

Make sure that your top layer is still selected and focus on the main shape. Pick Path Selection Tool and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select the three anchor points highlighted in the first image and simply drag them 0.4 ft down as shown in the second image.

Step 28

Use that same X button from the left side of your Titlebar to delete the oval shape that lies inside your active layer. Pick the Ellipse Tool, create a 1 ft circle and place it as shown in the first image. Don't forget to apply the second style for this new shape.

Focus on the top side of this new circle and pick the Path Selection Tool. Select that anchor point and simply drag it 0.1 ft up as shown in the second image.

Select that tiny, 0.1 ft circle and move it down as shown in the second image.

Using the tools, techniques and styles mentioned in the previous step you can create a variety of sink symbols as shown in the following image.

Step 29

Using the same tool, techniques and styles mentioned in the previous step you can create pieces of a sofa and combine them to create bigger sofas.

Or, you can create pieces of a closet and combine them to create bigger closets.

Or, you can create any of the symbols shown below.

Step 30

Finally, let's learn how to save your symbols inside a shape library. First, open the Shape Libraries panel using the button from the right side of your Titlebar.

Tap the plus button from the top, right corner of the panel to create a new shape library and then tap that Edit button from the left corner. Tap your newly added shape library, rename it as you wish and then tap the Done button.

Step 31

Open the Layers panel and select your bottom layer. Select all the shapes from this layer and group them using the Group command from the Properties panel.

Make sure that your group remains selected, open the Shape Libraries panel and tap your newest shape library to open it. Next, tap the Edit button from the top, right corner which will allow you to add new shape inside your active shape library. Finally, simply tap the plus button from the bottom, right corner of the panel and your selected group will be immediately saved inside your active shape library. Once you're done, tap the Done button.

Your shape libraries and their content are always available, so you can easily use them inside any new document. You can also import shape libraries using the import commands that are available whenever you tap that New Document button.

Finally, feel free to add the rest of the symbols created so far and don't forget to Group the shapes and paths before you tap that plus button.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Hope you've enjoyed learning some of the techniques and processes presented in these steps. As always, feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own.

Graphic File: furnitureshapes-indoor.idraw