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It recently occurred to me that I could create display rooms of my furniture models in SketchUp. I’m not sure what benefits I can achieve by doing this, but it is fun to assemble furniture in the context of the rooms in the house. I suppose this was partly an experiment – how many furniture pieces could I include before SketchUp bogs down. (I never reached a point of noticeable degradation in performance. )
Yes, this creates big files, as these pieces of furniture are very detailed and full of complex surfaces. And I just scratched the surface, not applying textures, colors, and fancy room treatments.
Here is my redwood shed out back with included furniture. The shed – a timber frame construction – was designed in detail in SketchUp. I’ve included several pieces of Shaker furniture installed there – a garden bench, blanket chest, cupboard, table, and Windsor chair.
Here is our family room that includes, a corner cupboard, Maloof chairs, lowboy, entertainment center, breakfast table, Windsor chairs, mahogany bookcase, and sideboard.
This is so much fun, I may just assemble furniture in all rooms of the house.
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This is a great way to design rooms. I have my entire house modeled in SketchUp. When I want to make a new piece or remodel a room (old farmhouse), I first make the furniture/built-ins/etc. then finish the room with utilities and the whole nine. I can then present this model to my wife for final approval before wasting time, energy and money on building something we may be less than thrilled with at the end. It also allows me to see how a piece may fit into the flow and feel of a room. It really helps the imagination to see the idea more clearly.
The files get huge and clunky though...
Tim, I only wish I could use SketchUp this good. The layout and detail is fantastic. Great job.
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