Scale drawings are created to allow you to plan the space and for others to know and understand your plan.
Contractors that may be working under your instruction need plans to understand where and how you want items placed. Clients will need to visualise the space and be confident that it’s going to work for them before committing to the proposed design and You as the designer, also need to be sure that your proposal is going to work. How embarrassing would it be to order a £15000 bed only to find it doesn’t fit the space!
As mentioned elsewhere on this site there are online tools to help you with the planning, but you will still need to ensure that the measurements you use are correct.
What is scale drawing?
For example if a drawing has a scale of “1:10”, anything drawn with the size of “1” would have a ‘real’ size of “10” in the real world, so a measurement of 150mm on the drawing would be 1500mm in the room.
Interior designers use 2 scale’s predominantly – the 1:50 scale and the 1:20 scale and we use a scale ruler to complete our drawings.
Other kinds of scale drawing
In addition to the floor plan there are other types of scale drawing. These are site plans, Elevations, Cross Sections, Isometric and Axonometric drawings. At this level of study however we only need to concern ourselves with the elevation drawings (cross sectional drawings).
Most of you will never have done any scale drawing in the past – so this is a new skill to be learned and will take time – do not become disheartened if it does not fall into place immediately – I will guide you through the process.