How to Draw a Floor Plan as a Beginner

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When to Use a Floor Plan?

You may have dreamed up the perfect house/space for work or relaxation in your mind and maybe think of how to get this mental picture of your dream house into something tangible that you can physically see. 

This is where a floor plan comes in. A floor plan helps you physically visualize a house/space, enables you to check the dimensions and measurements that’ll go in each space in a building. Floor plans are not complicated. They are simply diagrams drawn to scale that show how a room or building would look when viewed from above. Floors are essential when designing a building as they show you where each space should go and what dimensions each space should take. 

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Basic Elements of a Floor Plan

Below are some key elements that must be included in a floor plan to make it a good tool for visualizing the different layouts of a building. 

  1. Dimensions: The dimensions refer to the measurements of the walls. Dimensions are essential because they show the separation between different parts of the building. Dimensions are represented by drawing lines of varying thickness.
  2. Scale: Drawing a floor plan to scale here means taking accurate measurements of spaces and reducing it to scale when drawing. Scaling correctly depicts a building’s layout and enables accuracy when a structure is finally built.
  3. Room parts: A good floor plan should specify the position of the windows, doors and immovable furniture such as the sink, bath and toilets.

How to Draw a Floor Plan

How do you draw a house plan online with no experience? No worries. Ditch the pencil and graph paper and get on the internet to create a floor plan online. With the EdrawMax Online software, creating a house plan online is a breezy walkover. EdrawMax Online tool lets you create a floor plan from premade templates or you can simply draw one from scratch. Follow the guide below to get started on creating your very own floor plan online right now.

Step 1: Sign up

Sign up on EdrawMax website ( with your email or social media account to get started. You can create floor plans for free or upgrade to premium to unlock more advanced features.

Step 2: Choose a template or start from scratch

Once signed up on the EdrawMax Online tool, click “New” to display a list of different diagram categories. Scroll down and select “Building Plan.” You can choose to create a floor plan from the many templates available or you could create one from scratch.

choose a template

Step 3: Choose a scale for drawing

Drawing your floor plan to scale requires that you present the real-life dimensions of a building/room in smaller proportions so that they fit into paper.

To set a scale for your drawing, locate and click the Floor plan icon on the right vertical bar. A small window pops up showing “Drawing scale”, “Unit” and “Precision”.

Select the “Drawing scale” and enter your scale inside the box. Refer to the screenshot below.

choose a scale

Step 4: Draw exterior walls

You can draw the exterior walls of a room/space by selecting a premade room structure layout or you could manually join individual walls together to define the exterior walls of a space.

Hover to “Wall Shell and Structure” on the left window and drag any premade external wall shapes onto your drawing work area.

draw exterior walls

To manually draw the exterior walls, from the “Wall Shell and Structure” section, select and join Vertical walls to Horizontal walls to create the external layout of your space. Drag the walls to increase or shorten their length or specify the length of each wall by entering a number of your choice.

manually draw wall

Step 5: Draw the interior walls

From the “Wall Shell and Structure” section, drag and drop the Vertical and Horizontal Inner walls inside your already drawn external wall structure.

The inner walls have a smaller thickness, and you can set them inside your drawing at whatever position you choose. Drag the inner walls to increase or shorten their length or specify your desired length by entering a number.

draw interior walls

Step 6: Draw doors

Right under the “Wall Shell and Structure” section is the “Door and Windows” section.

From the Doors and Windows list, select and drag any door shape of your choice onto your drawing area. Position the doors by attaching them to walls, either external or interior walls.

draw doors

You can flip the doors open or shut them by clicking and moving the rotate button on the door shape.

open or shut door

Step 7: Draw windows

Still in the “Doors and Windows” section, scroll through the list and select any window shape of your choice.

Once you find a window shape you’d like to use, drag it onto your drawing area and fix it up by placing it right onto any wall in your drawing. You can modify the window length by dragging it out or entering a specific length number.

draw windows

Step 8: Add moveable elements such as furniture or plants

You can give some personality to your floor plan by adding furniture and plant shapes. This helps you decide on the best spot to position furniture pieces and room plants in space.

On the left side of the EdrawMax screen, scroll down to find the “Bedroom” section. You’ll find lots of different furniture and plant shapes you can choose from.

Select the furniture and plant shapes you like, and drag and drop them onto the floor plan drawing. Rotate the furniture and plant shapes to find a position that suits your vision for space. Drag out or drag in to expand or shrink the size of the selected furniture and plant shapes.

add elements

Step 9: Set up dimension lines

Adding dimensions lines to the floor plan helps you take into account the accurate measurements of walls, spaces and corners.

To add the dimensions, locate the “Dimensioning” section on the left part of the screen and choose from different dimension icons available. Drag and drop your selected dimension line, positioning it close to a wall or whichever area you’d like to get measured.

Adjust dimension lines to fit the walls by stretching the line out or shrinking it in, depending on whether you want to lengthen or shorten the line.

set up dimension

You can add more detail to your dimension line by clicking the floating icon. Clicking the floating icon displays a list of options that you can choose hide units, specify precision and units, set angles and extension lines.

Floor Plan Examples

Below are some floor plan templates that you can draw using EdrawMax.

Apartment Floor Layout Template: Great for when you are looking at moving into an apartment. Apartment floor layouts help you visualize an apartment space, the proximity of rooms and is useful for deciding if a space can take up your things well.

apartment floor layout

Simple Home Floor Template: A great template for when you want to design a simple, dreamy home space.

simple home floor


Kids Bedroom Layout Template: An easily customizable template that lets you bring to life the perfect, cozy bedroom for the little ones.

kids bedroom layout

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