Design a room

How to design a room in Microsoft Visio

Using Microsoft Visio makes designing a room easy and simple. The first step is to create the room shape. Once the outside dimensions are added, add doors and windows. Electrical sockets and furniture are added next. Make sure the furniture measurements are correct, this can be done using the shape size and position window.


Once the room design is complete, or most of the basic elements are in place, it makes good sense to create a layer and lock that layer. Once a layer is locked, no shape can be moved. Additional shapes can still be added, and additional layers created. Layers do really help when designing a room.


All the dimensions for walls, doors and windows only display if they are selected. To display measurements that will print off, you need to add measurement tools to the shapes. These are available in the stencil.


Microsoft Visio courses are available here

Online courses are available here

Plan a room in Visio

If you plan a room for use by a builder, make sure you tell them that your diagram is a rough outline and not a perfect plan. Otherwise, they may use your design and measurements, which may not be accurate. A Visio design created by a novice is a useful starting point for a designer or builder but should only be a guide.

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