How to Create a Floor Plan on a Visio With Microsoft Office Online

by Stephen Lukas

Among the drawing program Microsoft Visio's many shapes, stencils, and templates are those designed for creating a floor plan for the home or office. Visio contains templates for drawing walls, plumbing, HVAC equipment, furniture, outdoor features, electrical systems, and even sporting equipment. Each one of these templates is available in either metric or U.S. measurement systems.

Open a New Drawing

Highlight "New" under the "File" menu on Visio's menu bar, and select "Choose Drawing Type."

Select the type of plan that you want from the list of templates. For example, if you want to design a floor plan for your home, you would select "Home Plan (U.S. units)." A drawing page and all related stencils will be opened.

Select "Save As" under the "File" menu and enter the name of the file, then click "Save."

Page Setup

Select "Page Setup" under the "File" menu.

Select the "Drawing Scale" tab and select the appropriate scale. Click "OK."

Select the "Page Size" tab. Define the page size to your requirements and click "Apply."

Select the "Print Setup" tab. Select the paper size and paper orientation, then click "Apply."

Draw the Floor Plan

Use the stencils on the right of the Visio screen to draw your floor plan.

Close any unnecessary stencils by putting the mouse pointer on the title of the stencil and clicking the right mouse button.

Open a new stencil, if necessary, by highlighting "Shapes" under the file menu. Highlight "Building Plan" and select the stencil that you want to open.

About the Author

Stephen Lukas has been a professional technical writer since 1997. He also taught college English and middle school math. Lukas has been writing for Demand Studios since 2009, and has published several articles for eHow and Answerbag. He has a Master of Arts in experimental psychology from New York University, and a Master of Science in software development management from the University of Maryland.

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