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Everything You Need to Know About 3D Floor Plans

Creating a 3D Floor Plan is fast becoming an absolute must in a wide range of property-based professions. They’re also incredibly useful for personal renovations and DIY projects.

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5 bedroom 3D floor plan
Sam Applegate

But if you’ve never drawn a 3D floor plan before, you might have a few questions. Read on, to learn why they’re so important and how you can easily create a floor plan for your project or business.

What is a 3D Floor Plan?

A 3D floor plan is an image that shows the structure (walls, doors, windows) and layout (fixtures, fittings, furniture) of a building, property, office, or home, in three dimensions. It’s usually in color and shown from a birds-eye view.

There are no strict rules about the required angle of the image, however, isometric and top-down floor plans are two common styles used.

isometric and top down 3D floor plans

Who Can Use a 3D Floor Plan?

3D floor plans can be used by any professional or individual that wants to convey detailed information about a property and its layout:

Why Create a Floor Plan in 3D?

You’ve probably heard of the well-known adage: “a picture paints a thousand words”. Well, 3D floor plans help people visualize ideas and designs quickly and more effectively than written descriptions, verbal instructions, or 2D Floor Plans.

Here are some more detailed reasons why you might want to create a 3D floor plan:

2D vs 3D House Plans

2D floor plans are much simpler than 3D plans, usually drawn in black and white, and often feature additional information such as dimensions or areas.

You might be wondering when you should use a 2D floor plan and what are the main advantages of a 3D floor plan? Well, it depends on your objectives and the specific information you want to convey.

Black and white 2D floor plan

2D floor plans are better when precision, detail, and facts are your top priority. For example, providing dimensions to a building contractor or submitting a building permit application. Due to their simplicity, they’re also faster to draw so work great as a first draft or starting point for a project.

However, they do little to convey the look and feel of a space so you may struggle to visualize the environment and get a sense of the atmosphere.

3D floor plan with orange branding profile

3D floor plans are the preferred option when technical details are less important but you need to bring the property to life. They allow you to instantly get a feel for a property, in terms of layout, color, design, and furniture.

3D plans are easy to digest at a glance so are great for selling an off-plan property or visualizing the incredible potential of an empty home.

Examples of 3D Floor Plans

Here are some stunning 3D floor plans to give you an idea of what’s possible:

Floor Plan for a House

This 3D floor plan shows a detached villa in a tropical setting. Complete with pool, garden, and even shadows, it truly brings the living space to life.

You instantly get an idea of how the interior colors work together and how the furniture layout feels comfortable and practical:

3D floor plan iaometric view

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3D Floor Plan for an Apartment

This 3D top-down apartment plan includes dimensions for anyone that wants more technical detail. From this higher angle, you can clearly see into every room, but unlike a 2D plan, there’s still enough perspective and color to convey the ambiance:

3D floor plan

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3D Office Floor Plan

People often spend more time in an office than in their own home, so it’s important to get the environment spot on. 3D office plans can help you visualize the surroundings, select the correct color scheme, and ensure plenty of light to maximize productivity:

3D floor plan office layout

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How To Create Your Own Floor Plans in 3D

3D floor plans might be more complex than their 2D counterparts, but the good news is, you don’t need a degree in graphic design to draw your own.

In fact, you can create beautiful 3D floor plans in minutes with our easy-to-use RoomSketcher App.

Click here to download the software and get started immediately with absolutely no commitment. Practice creating 2D plans or upgrade your account to unlock incredible features like 3D visualizations, 360-degree views, and Live 3D.

We even have a dedicated floor plan service that lets you order professional 2D and 3D floor plans from our experts.

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