Drawing a room layout to scale using an Architect's Triangle Ruler is a key ingredient to success, if you desire complete satisfaction with your new home and/or home décor project!
is a scale drawing? I
It's a replica drawing of a room or object, but at a uniform fraction of its original size. Having a "scale drawing" of a room benefits you in many ways:
never drawn a room before, is it difficult?
Using an Architect's Triangular Scale is also quite simple, once you get the hang of it, so don't let all those little lines and numbers intimidate you.
An Architect's Triangular Scale is the same length as a regular 12" ruler, but with three sides that exhibit different increments of measurements.
Using a Triangular Ruler
Hold the trianglular scale so that its length is horizontally in front of you, then rotate it backwards while noticing that each side has four sets of completely different measurements.
Let's take a look at the side where you see a large "1" on the far top left corner and a "½" on the far top right hand corner.
Now, set the ruler down in front of you so that you can view the entire length of it clearly.
Looking from the left to right you will see a series of small, narrow lines that are numbered from 9 to 0. These numbers indicate inches in the scale of one inch equals one foot (1"=1') with the lines spaced at ¼" increments.
The next line right of the "0", you will see is spaced further apart, which is a "20" and then following that to the right is a "1".
The numbers closest to the top of the ruler (20, 18, 16, 14, and so on) belong with the measurements that read from the right to left (in this case for a ½"=1' Scale) and the measurements located directly under (1, 2, 3, 4, and so on) belong to the 1"=1' Scale.
Let's take a 10 foot by 10 foot room and draw it down to scale. For example:
In ¼" Scale, a 10' x 10' room is drawn 2½" x 2½"
In ½" Scale, a 10' x 10' room is drawn 5" x 5"
Take a look at the example below of a ¼"=1' Scale drawing for a 10' x 10' room: