Drawing a Floor Plan

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Drawing a Floor Plan

Assume you want to draw a floor plan for your apartment. You got a printout of a floor plan from the landlord, showing the walls, door and windows, and a few (but not all) measures.

If you did not get an electronic copy of the floor plan, the first step is to scan it. You will thus have a bitmap, and we will trace it into a vector image, but without using the automatic Trace feature of Inkscape.

  • Open up Inkscape, and create a new layer, let's call it "Background".
  • Import the bitmap floor plan into it, and rotate it so that most of the walls are horizontal and/or vertical. Lock the layer.
  • adjust scale!
  • (adjust document size)
  • draw walls, doors and windows in a new layer "Walls"
    • Turn down opacity to about 60% to be able to see features on the Background bitmap.
  • draw your furniture in a new layer "Furniture"
  • print to scale?

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