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I take you on a tour of SketchUp and discuss the most common drawing tools used to create floor plans.

What are the learning outcomes for this course?

  • Choose the correct drawing template
  • Set up a tray system to help organise various SketchUp tools
  • Have a better understanding of the SketchUp interface
  • Become familiar with the basic drawing tools in SketchUp

Who is the Target Audience?

  • This introductory course is for anyone who would like to get a better understanding of the SketchUp interface.
  • This course is aimed at Interior Designers, Interior Design students, Interior Decorators, Interior Architects, Interior Stylists and Home Staging professionals, with no previous (or very limited) knowledge of SketchUp.
  • When you register with the Hub, you’ll also receive a free eBook on our expert tips when producing accurate, professional and creative floor plans.


  • Includes downloadable files.
  • Once you purchase this course, you’ll be entitled to unlimited access and dedicated one-to-one support for the duration of your course (and in many cases long after you have completed it!)  Use this support to get additional help when navigating the online learning platform, or to request assistance when learning SketchUp.  Don’t forget to check out the discussion forums, where you will find additional sources of support!
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  • Bundle students are entitled to 10% off our CAD and 3D Visualisation services.

CPD Accredited

This course has been given CPD accreditation by the British Institute of Interior Design.  Learn more here.


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Course Reviews


79 ratings
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  • 4 stars8
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  1. Organized and Professional


    Having been in construction most of my life, I am able to recognize a professional instantly. In just a few videos Anita had my SketchUp workspace organized with Layer/Styles/Component trays. Thanks Anita. I look forward to more videos.

  2. Interior Design student review


    I have just completed the free course. I am competent in both autocad and sketchup and can create 3D models etc but I always like to advance my skills and learning, especially from a professional, which is why I enrolled. There is always more to learn. Even very tiny details that I didn’t know, are important or handy, like how Anita shows you to hide the default tray and change the camera settings to top view. Splitting the tutorials is a great idea as always easy to go back and refer to if needed. Everything is explained so you can understand well and the tutorials are clear and sound perfect. Well done Anita, look forward to what’s to come! x

  3. Great beginnings


    There are no other courses that show you in such a clear way, how to set everything up from the very beginning.

  4. Perfect start


    Perfectly paced for me, a complete novice! can’t wait to learn more! Kim

  5. Excellent Instruction


    Excellent instruction. Explained simply and easy to understand.

  6. Clear, simple and easy to follow!


    This was a great introduction to SketchUp, helping to familiarise you with its seemingly complicated tool bars and menus. Anita’s instructions were clear, simple and easy to follow. I also appreciated her advice to not be afraid of the software; very important for moving on to the next step! The only thing to bare in mind is that some of the information about trays is different for Mac users compared to Windows PC users, but this didn’t create too much difficulty for me as the software is quite intuitive, so a quick scroll through all the available Mac toolbars helped me to find the equivalent page to the one Anita was describing on her PC. I’m now excited to begin the “Creating a Basic Floor Plan” tutorial. Thank you Anita for your help!

  7. The Sketchup Interface


    I use Sketchup on a daily basis to create 3D models of interior of the spaces that I design. I recall how daunting the interface was when I first attempted to learn it! I am considering Anita Brown’s courses as I would like to create quick and accurate floor plans without having to learn another, more complicated software such as AutoCad. In this introductory course, Anita has simplified the Sketchup interface and has highlighted the most useful features. I’m especially grateful for the advice on organizing the default tray as it was always an issue for me. Thank you Anita!

  8. Concise and Effective


    Love it!

  9. #1 The SketchUp Interface


    I found it very easy, clear and understandable. I am really encouraged to complete the other courses as I am sure they are going to be useful for my future interior design business and my studies.

  10. 5

    Anita takes all the confusion out of what could be a daunting start. Brilliantly and simply explained first video. Thank you so much, excited to progress and learn, learn, learn! Leigh-Anne Power, Interior Designer.

  11. A good foundation


    This was a very clear and easy to understand tutorial. Although I have used SketchUp before, it was really useful to learn the ‘proper’ way to be doing things, and to feel confident that my controls were all set up properly.

  12. Course #1


    Excellent! Very thorough and easy to understand. I have taken a SketchUp course previously but I want to incorporate renderings, floor plans and ideas for my interior decorating clients.

  13. Course #1


    Excellent course showing the basics, really helpful and easy to understand the walk through. Can’t wait to get started on the other courses now 🙂

  14. Sketchup Interface - handy reminder of key features


    This was a handy reminder of the basics of Sketchup. I learnt one new thing and that was how to take perspective off and to add parallel projection. I didn’t know that – and I should have done as it’s quite basic.

  15. Thank you!


    I think I am going to get a lot out of this set of courses. I can’t wait to start the next one!

  16. Sketchup for Interiors


    Great tutorial, easy to follow. Looking forward to the other courses.

  17. Thank you!


    Great course giving a detailed intro into the SketchUp Interface!

  18. Good Intro!


    As a Mac user, with a few differences to the PC version, this is a really easy to follow tutorial, a good introduction and refresher into the sketchup interface.

  19. User Friendly


    Thanks Anita, after completing core subjects with the Interior Design Institute, I realised to obtain a job in the Design industry you need Autocad and Sketchup, so I am excited to start this course and become familiar with Sketchup. Easy to follow and great tips.

  20. Sketchup User Friendly


    What a user friendly program this seems to be. Grateful to have chosen it, also so appreciative of Anita’s totally prompt assistance and guidance. Very happy to be plugging away through these teachings offered.

  21. Eased my anxiety!


    I was anxious to start this and felt overwhelmed. Once I started this tutorial I felt much better about the commitment. Anita has been very attentive and organized so far! This course was easy to follow!

  22. Awesome Class!


    I love your style of teaching (the perfect pace for me), and I really appreciated the additional download for us Mac users. 🙂

  23. Easy to understand. All good so far...


    I’m doing this on a mac and it’s going ok so far. On to #2…

  24. Course #1 - Very Helpful start


    For someone that has not used Sketchup at all … this was an extremely helpful step 1. Just opening the software and seeing the screen is very daunting – so to know what the screen is and the basics made it less scary for lack a of better word.

  25. Great tutorial video


    This video tutorial is very good. I was anxious and nervous at the same time to start this course. The video tutorial makes the application very easy to understand and comprehend the SketchUp interface. Anita makes it very easy which is great as a new user of SketchUp.

  26. The Beginning


    Really enjoyed my first course. Gave me a good taste of things to come. Still navigating my way around the site, and trying to pick up as much info as possible. Looking forward to the next courses. Thanks for your help so far Anita.

  27. 4

    Good introductory course. The lessons are short, concise and easy to understand.

  28. The SketchUp Interface


    Great way to start!

  29. Much less scared now!


    Thanks Anita! I was rather intimidated by the SketchUp interface but your simple videos demystify it all. Thank you! Looking forward to doing more courses now.

  30. #1 Right on the Money!


    Thanks for this! Had searched online and played around with SketchUp with much frustration…This tutorial answered my basic questions right away-saved the day!

  31. Very informative


    A great introduction to Sketchup for a first time user!

  32. Really helpful


    Thanks for such a good tutorial. It makes sense?

  33. The SketchUp Interface


    Great introduction to the SketchUp Interface

  34. The Sketchup Interface


    A really useful introduction to Sketchup thank you. I highly recommend to anyone that is not familiar with the Sketchup Interface.

  35. Sketch Hub


    Absolutely fantastic program, the narrator was very helpful in understanding the difference between Windows and Mac softwares. Love this program!

  36. Perfect Intro!


    This course has made the daunting task of learning this new program actually easy and enjoyable!

  37. 5

    Very easy to understand!!!!!!

  38. Excited to Orbit!!!


    Once I figured out (with the help of Anita!) how to navigate through the website and download Sketchup, this was awesome! I’m excited to go onto Course #2 and beyond. Hope I can find my way back here to where I left off!

  39. Free Introduction Course


    Having used, CAD packages for years I tried to jump straight in and use SketchUp without having watched these videos initially. Thankyou Anita for creating such useful clips. They have now given me the knowledge of where to go for the correct tools / actions.

  40. The Sketch Up Interface


    This is a very clear and easy to understand tutorial. I have used SketchUp before but only the very basics so it is really useful to know that going forward I will be using it properly and to it’s full potential. I am so happy that I now have the template set up correctly and am ready to go!

  41. Great tips!


    Lots of great simplified easy to understand information and some good tips.

  42. 5

    Very clearly explained and easy to follow instructions. Looking forward to using SketchUp!

  43. The SketchUp interface - review


    Well so far so good. Everything was clearly explained and one really great thing is the focus on the tools that we will be needing for the rest of the course and that we’ll need to know as interior designers. PS I love your accent too. 🙂

  44. Novice and Excited!!!


    My initial thought was this course would be intimidating and much to my surprise it was easy to follow!! I look forward to completing the program.

  45. Fabulous Introduction!


    Very clear and easy to follow – thank you Anita!

  46. Amazing


    Anita you are amazing!
    Thank you for your help and support.
    I am excited to be using SketchUp.

  47. Very helpful


    Thank you that was very helpful.

  48. 4

    Great basic guideline Thanks

  49. A perfect introduction


    Instantly helped me get to grips with the basics of SketchUp and made me feel less daunted by the software! Anita is very clear and thorough in her explanations. Looking forward to taking more courses.

  50. Great introduction to SketchUp


    Such a clear and easy to understand introduction to SketchUp

  51. sketchup Hub introductory course review


    I really enjoyed the way the interface was explained in very simple terms.

  52. Good Start!


    Anita is very eloquent and she takes time to explain everything in a simple and understandable way. She literally demystify it. It’s a good start and I’m looking forward to the next modules.

  53. Sketch up interface


    very clear and straight forward

  54. The Sketch Up Interface


    Very clear and concise instruction on the basics.

  55. great


    Great beginners course. Very clear and concise.

  56. Sketch Up Interface


    Detailed & well explained. Very useful.

  57. Very informative


    Very useful clear information directly to the point, saves time when you want to learn quickly.

  58. Clear and Informative


    Short, clear videos – very informative and simple.

  59. Great to understand the Basics


    Very beneficial to understand how to use the basic tools. So excited to get started on creating floorplans!

  60. Great introduction to SketchUp


    Very clear, concise and easily managed course.

  61. Starting out


    I had started using SketchUp on my own and had drawn a floor plan for the IDI course with ALOT of trial and error. I wish I had seen this first course as there are some simple tips that would have made a huge difference to me. I definitely think I am going to start the floor plan again. Thank you.

  62. BEST EVER !!!


    Easy to understand, thank you Anita!

  63. First two courses


    The directions were very easy to understand and clear. I love the short videos breaking up the different topics in case I need to go back for review.

  64. Just excellent!


    I have just joined today and have completed the first course. I am so happy to have found Anita’s Sketchup Hub. As a newbie who is looking to learn all about Sketchup I have found this introductory video to be just wonderfully explained. This step by step guide for absolute beginner level has been perfect to confirm that I want to continue to learn more and I am looking forward to doing so through the Hub’s courses.

  65. 5

    Really clear and informative. The simplicity of the course is what makes it so useful.

  66. Excellent Course


    Easy to follow, short units allow you to take in information and move at your own pace. Excellent video and audio quality.

  67. 5

    Thanks Anita, You are a good tutor.

  68. 5

    Really clear, good intro.

  69. 5

    Really well explained introduction to the sketchup interface. Well paced, clear and concise.

  70. Easy to learn


    Very easy to learn. How i wish there will be a continuation of this. Thank you for the opportunity to learn.

  71. Really good start for beginners!


    Clear and easy instructions to follow whilst learning the interface, especially for beginners! Anita has settled the idea of Sketchup being complicated which is what I was worried about!

  72. Easy to Follow


    Super easy to follow along, I can’t wait to continue

  73. Very Helpful


    As a design student that has never used SketchUp before this was great for starting from the very beginning with the basics

  74. #1 The SketchUp Interface


    For a complete SketchUp novice like myself, this was a great way to get some of the basics right from day one.

  75. Great Introductory Course.


    Simple and easy to understand and great demonstration. Looking forward to the rest of the course.

  76. Really useful


    This really helped me edge in to Sketchup. Thanks!

  77. Excellent Course!


    I love the clear and concise way Anita instructs. She is clear and very easy to understand. I am looking forward to taking more of her courses in Sketchup!

  78. The Sketchup Interface


    Everything you need to know to get started with 2D drawings.

  79. #1 The SketchUp Interface


    Great for beginners.

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