Join Scott Onstott for an in-depth discussion in this video Arranging furniture in enclosed rooms, part of AutoCAD 2013: Space Planning.
In this lesson you will arrange furniture groups in an open office plan. I'm going to lay them out in my own way. But you are welcome to arrange the furniture differently. There are many potential arraignments and space planning is about experimentation. To discover which arraignment works best in the space. In any case observe how I approached the process. Then perform similar steps yourself. Open the furniture four project file to begin. I think I'll start in the reception area, down here.
Let's move this sofa and coffee table group into the area. I'll click the group, select its grip, press the spacebar a couple of times, and rotate it. Notice the rubber band line connecting the cursor with the grip. I'll make it more or less perpendicular to the red wall, to rotate it. Then I'll move this back, a little bit, and I don't want to snap their, so hold down Shift right-click, and choose none.
This will override the running object snap temporarily. Press Escape to deselect. The receptionist will need a chair. Let's take one from this mangers office. Toggle off group selection, copy the arm chair, and place it over here. Toggle group selection back on, and then rotate this chair. Move it into position.
Now let's see up here we have these little corner areas. These might be good for this easel seating arraignments with the stools. Let's move one of these into that area. That looks good as it is. I'll copy that, and place it down here. Maybe I'll just rotate this, so it doesn't look like such a literal copy. We'll just go ahead, and rotate it about like that. Okay, now what do we have left? Two big open spaces on either side of the plan.
Let's move this big workstation group, in here, and place it right about here. I'll make a copy of it down below, but I'd like that to have equal distance from this center column, so instead of copying, I will use the mirror command.
I'll click this center point, turn on ortho, click a point over here and press enter. That works, although there's kind of a large space over here that's wasted. Let's move these objects over, to make a narrower corridor over here, and then we have a space over here that we might take advantage of. I'll copy one of these cafe tables over here, turn off ortho, and place it right about here. Then let's mirror that, about the center line again. And then just to mix things up let me rotate this, 45 degrees, Escape. Now down here we could put perhaps another workstation group. I'll copy this, down into this area, turn off ortho, and let's see. I'll put it over here, and then let's click on this, and rotate it approximately like that, Escape.
This looks like that this might be made to fit this, window, let's try that. Let's move this over from it's midpoint to the midpoint here. That looks good. Now we have these other spaces on either side. Perhaps we'll use one of these, space divider furniture groups, over here. And then down here, I think perhaps we can use another cafe table arrangement.
Now let's see what would happen if we mirrored, these things up, on the other side, use ortho. That looks good, except we have a big space up here that we're not really using. I'm going to get rid of this, seating group right here, and then let's copy, one of these, up without using ortho, right about here. That looks pretty good. Now I'll go ahead and copy this over here, in this area, something like this. Notice that all of these people are facing the windows, and that's nice. But to over here, these people are facing the wrong direction. So let's either mirror or rotate this group.
I'll select it's grip, press spacebar, spacebar, spacebar, spacebar to get to the mirror prompt. And then turn on ortho, and click down here, press Escape. I've succeeded in flipping it over. Now I'm going to make a few copies. Copy this object from some arbitrary point, and lets make an array. Maybe four of these will fit.
Let's try it. Four Enter, and then I'll use the fit option. This will allow me to click the total distance, and it will distribute the distance between the objects equally. I'll click right about, here, Enter. And then let's move them up so it looks like they are more or less centered, like that. I will copy one of these space divider groups over here.
I'll turn off ortho. And just zoom in here and place it down. Now let's see, that should be probably rotated to make better use of the space. Something like this perhaps. I'll move it up little bit, and now we have this area here which isn't being used. I could fill that with a cafe table arrangement, right like that.
And likewise over here or perhaps up here, you can place more areas where people can have conversations. And let's see up here this might be symmetric so, we'll use mirror. And select some of these things, and mirror them about the center of this column. I need to use ortho to make sure that goes up perfectly.
So there you have it, that's one potential arrangement for this space. So we've practiced laying out furniture groups in an open office plan. In the process you have gained experience working with groups and the modification commands.
- Making furniture blocks
- Creating groups where it makes sense
- Arranging furniture in enclosed rooms
- Arranging furniture in open office spaces