Creating a 3D design

When custom making furniture, the end user may want to have an idea of the product through a 3-dimensional image (Check out our 3D gallery of furniture). Besides serving this purpose, a 3D image is also useful to estimate raw material requirement, identify areas for additional reinforcements, play around with colors, and most importantly to arrive at a near accurate cost estimation. Having a 360 degree view helps plan for every possible requirement in advance as against learning and applying during the making process.

Creating a 3D image is easy if your basics on geometry, elevation, projection and perspective are intact. It is addictive and you can see yourself creating more designs - copied, inspired, original or otherwise. This coffee table was inspired by many similar designs and has been approved by the potential user. It is now work in progress and likely to be completed in another week. For this project, I used Google Sketchup.

Creating a 3D design of a room using Google Sketchup

Sketchup is a freely available Google tool that allows for creation of 3D models of furniture, rooms, and other design models. It is used by designers to play around with their designs and comes with a user friendly interface.   I created this 3D model of our kitchen for the SMALL KITCHEN COMPETITION @ APARTMENT THERAPY. Considering I have very limited background on design, you can imagine how much of an easy to use tool it is.

P.S. Linking in : In the Studio, Sneak peak, Kreative Korner, @ the picket fence, Colours Dekor, Lines Across my Face, todayscreativeblog

Over to you : Do you plan your designs prior to implementing them ? Be it decorating your room, or building a piece of furniture, do you visualize what you want and how you want through an interface besides your mind ? What tools do you use ? Or do you love the traditional way of capturing your visuals in a paper ? Share  your thoughts.

- Somu

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  1. That is fantastic! I love the 3d image to see what the furniture would really look like. Great idea! Thanks so much for joining us 'in the studio' this week! :)

  2. Looks great! visiting you for Inspiration Friday from Bible Love Notes (

  3. This is the first I hear of Google sketch.. Must try!! I normally try and give the carpenter a 3D sketch done on paper.. by me.. *wink*... And the last time... the dude truly messed it up.. *sigh*.. Guess... my 3D.. didnt make much sense to him!!

    Hope you have a lovely week ahead.. and thanks for linking in to CD :-)

  4. Hi Jennifer, thanks for dropping by... it is indeed nice to have a complete view of the furniture both from the buyer's and maker's perspective and thanks for the opportunity to link in your blog.

    Hi Gail, thank you for your encouraging comment :)

    Hi Particia, I believe it is a good alternative to the complex autocad tools... It is a free application and just like any other google tool, is easy to learn. And if you are into giving line drawings to your carpenter, this is a good one to explore... You carpenter can rotate the image in anywhich direction that he desires.. and hopefully that should ensure the dude does not mess up... Even if he does, the image can bail you out !

  5. My husband would love this, though he is a doctor he is forever designing furniture!
    Thank You for dropping by my blog earlier
    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  6. Very cool, love the 3D image, really helps to see what the piece is going to look like. I haven't tried Google Sketch either:)

  7. Designing furniture ? Wow, that is interesting... Does he have a blog ? Would love to take a look at it :)

    Hi Kala, it's quite an interesting tool to use, especially if you have the right purpose... You should try.

    Hi Nisha, thanks a lot :)

  8. Glad you introduced us to this. I'll share this with my Dad. He is an enthusiast when it comes to designing. Most of the furniture in our house was designed by him. Wish they had designed this tool a few decades back. It would have been such a help for him. Thankfully all that he designed back then turned out to be good.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun. The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)

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    1. Lots of Good information in your post, I favorited your blog post so I can visit again in the future, Thanks.

  10. This is Good.. creating 3d design using wood is beautiful. we really like it. .

  11. I am sure that majority of people will love this information about 3d design and they will consider it. This information is also best among other posts on other blogs

  12. Awesome Somu - I loved your posts and video. They are timeless - 5 years after you have written them and still afresh :D


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