Once you have defined where the door openings are in your 2D layout, you can then create the doors in your floor plan. These movable parts of your floor plan are called dynamic components, which are only available in the Pro version of the software. This video tutorial teaches you how to Create 2D door components with SketchUp for Interior Design.
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You may already be familiar with Sketch Up components that come from the 3D Warehouse. There are basically two types of components, one that can be created from drawn geometry, and the other which is called a dynamic component. A dynamic component can only be created if you have Sketch Up Pro. If you have the free version, you won't be able to do them. Dynamic components differ in that you can manipulate the geometry and you can have attributes along with it. In our example, we're going to create a simple 2D door component and then we're going to create a window dynamic component.
And we'll also at the end create a library so these components can be reused in other projects. Let's go ahead and take a look at what we need to do for creating a door component. First of all, let's make sure that we are on the doors layer. The other thing you'll note here in the floorplan, that the floors are currently off. I'm going to kind of stay away from the floorplan a little bit. I'm going to kind of zoom in over here so I have some drawing space. And what I'm going to do first is draw a rectangle, we'll start off with that first.
We'll come over here and pick the rectangle, and the rectangle we're going to make of a certain size. We're going to make it the size of a door, so I'm going to put in 1.75 inches, and then I'm going to have a comma here. We're going to make it 36. We now have a rectangle, I'll come over here and hit Select, that represents our door. Next, I'm going to pick up the Circle command and I'm going to be very careful as far as how I make the circle. I'm going to use the lower left-hand corner of this rectangle as my center, and then I'm going to pull up and I'm going to pick the door edge on the upper right hand corner like so.
And I'm going to hit Select, and I'm going to come out, and you'll notice here that I now have a circle with a small narrow cut out. I'm going to finish by picking up the pencil tool. And then coming over here and drawing a line straight across. And if I've done this right, what I should do is have like little pie pieces in here. See that? And what I'm going to do is I'm going to delete this one. And I'm going to take the circle out portion. And also this portion too. So now what I have is basically the beginnings of a door with the arc that shows the swing.
I'm going to add in just a bit of color, so I'm going to come over here to the Materials panel and I'm going to go to Colors and I'm going to find a nice kind of brown color for it, so I'll just pick up this one. Bring it in. There we go. So now we have a door that has some brown color to it. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to come in and I'm going to make a window around it. Either a window starting from left to right, or right to left. But I want to make sure that I select all the objects in there. Once I've done that, kind of hover within one of the objects, right-click and come down the right-click menu to Make Component.
We're going to give this a name, so we're going to call it 2D, door, 36 wide. There's other portions to this dialogue box that we might want to look at. We can set up alignments, if we need to. Alignments mean that, if you want to have it set to none, which in this case, we will do. The door will be actually able to move and do anything we want with it. If we pick any of these other selections, then it gets sticky. What I mean by that is it's going to be looking for places to go ahead and park itself.
You can also set up the access for the components. If you notice, it's pretty much the same. And I'm going to click there. Just kind of follow along. There we have it all set up in the same axis. And we're going to leave the rest of this stuff kind of the way it is. And we're just going to hit Create. So now we have, basically, a component. I'm going to pick up the Move tool, and I pick it up, and I'm going to drag it over here and just kind of park it somewhere in space. Then we're going to come in. The orientation is not correct, so we're going to come over here and click on the component.
We're going to rotate it. You know, just pick a point, rotate it, kind of in place. And then pick Move. And move it into place. So now we have one door, that's been set up. So what we're going to do is we're going to basically, copy, this door. Let's go ahead and select the door. We can come up here to Edit and do Copy and Paste, or we can come in and click on the door, select Move, hold down the Shift key, and just make another copy.
It's a little bit easier to go ahead and do it that way. Now the only problem is is that if you notice here, the orientation for the door swing is wrong. So I'm going to come over here and click on the Select in order to get the Move off, and I'm going to right-click. And I'm going to do Flip Along. And on the Flip Along, I'm going to change it back to the red. So it's going to just kind of flip over into place and you'll see there that I now have it set up. So that's basically how you set up the doors.
- 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