Adding windows in SketchUp is somewhat more complicated than adding doors, but using construction lines makes the process easier. You can even use tools such as the Pencil to create multiple small windows in one large window space. In this video tutorial you'll learn how to add windows into a wall in SketchUp.
Putting windows in a sketch up model is a little bit more complicated than doors. While floors show openings for doors and it's easy to draw transoms, windows have to be located in the wall both vertically and horizontally. In this example that we have here, we've got the start of where a window is supposed to go in. If you notice here, we have a construction line that's been put in. And this kind of defines the beginning of the window frame over here on the right-hand side.
So we're going to kind of zoom in a little bit, kind of rotate, so we can see a little bit better. We're going to use construction lines in order to frame out the window, rough opening, so we're going to use the Tape Measure tool. We're going to pick the bottom edge, and we're going to come up four feet. It's going to take, from this line here, and we're going to come over five feet ten inches. And then from this line, we're going to go up approximately three feet. Now what that does for us is it gives us the ability to frame out where our rough opening is going to be.
So our next step, basically, is to go ahead and make the opening. Now make sure that you're on the A Glaze layer. We'll come down to using the Rectangle tool, and we'll go ahead and define the rectangle in between those intersections there, like so. Then hit Select. So right now, we have a face that's been divided on this wall, and we need now to open it up, so we're going to come over to the Push Pull tool, pick it, and we're going to push through until you see, basically, on face.
See how that little bubble comes up that says On Face. That means it will push through to the face, and now I have an opening. If I went a little bit further, I have another rectangle to deal with, I'll go ahead and hit Select. Some cases, you might want multiple windows, let's suppose that in this opening, we want three windows to fit in here. So in order to do that, we're going to use another tool. We're going to pick up the Pencil tool. And I'm going to kind of zoom in a little bit and kind of rotate here a little bit.
And find the midpoint. And draw a line going all the way across. Now it recreates those faces. But I don't want the faces. So I'm going to go ahead and hit Delete. And what I have here is the line. So I'm going to pick on that line, and I'm going to right click. When I right click, you'll see Divide. I'm going to put that in, and down here where it says Segments, I can actually go ahead and put in three segments. And once I do that, it should provide me with basically three segments there, see that? Which now allows me to go back to the Tape Measure tool, and basically pick it and kind of divide it up into three sections.
I don't need the lining anymore, so I can come in here and just kind of get rid of these. Because what I have now is three equal divisions in that opening for my windows. So now we're ready to insert a window. Again, go to the Components panel and go down the list. And what we're looking for is a window that is 24 by 32. And we're going to click on that. And I'm going to place it right there for now.
And we're going to rotate it, so I'm going to come up here, just kind of rotate it to 90 degrees. And now we're just going to go ahead and place it into the wall. So I'll come over here and pick it. Now when you look at this, you'll see here that it's just a little bit short on a number of things. Number one, it doesn't need the top, and it's a little overrunning our equal here, too. So what we're going to do is come in and use Scale.
We're going to, first of all, kind of move this in, so it's right on the line. And we're going to wait until we see it there. And then in this case, we'll come up and make sure it's on the edge as well. So now we have a window that fits pretty nicely right in here. Now we're going to take it next, we're going to go ahead and click on Move, and we're going to hit Shift. We're just going to put it down here like so, and I gotta kind of move that over again.
We'll do Shift one more time, and there we go. Now we have three windows, all kind of lined up. Now you can go ahead and add in window trim and things like that around this window in order to fix it up. Also, while you're working with these components, it's also a very good idea to make sure that if they've been on Layer0, that they are now on the correct layer. These windows are currently on the A Glaze layer. However, if we go over to the door, you'll notice that it came in on Layer0.
This allows us to go ahead then and decide if we want to go ahead and place it on another layer. So in this case, I can come in and find the A Door layer, and that door now is on the correct layer. Windows have to be first located on a wall using the Tape Measure tool to determine both the vertical and horizontal distances. Using the Push Pull tools to define the window faces creates an opening. Make sure that the window component that you use has been customized to work within your own design.
- Drawing 2D floor plans in SketchUp
- Selecting the right template and tools
- Creating components
- Cleaning up walls and creating door and window openings
- Using x-ray views when adding doors and windows
- Using layers to manage your views effectively
- Capturing materials to use in your design
- Applying materials to components
- Exporting your drawing as an image