Types of Drawings

Drawing Types

With interior design there are a numerous types of drawings. We will cover the different methods further on into this tutorial. In the broader context for this section we will refer to design development, presentation drawings and working drawings (blue prints).

Design Development

Design Development refers to the sketches or doodles that you make when developing an idea or a design.

Presentation Drawings

Presentation drawings are those of your final design. These are in the form of sketch plans. Not all the construction detail is there. They come in various states of detail with first proposals used to determine the layout, design and construction method to show and get approval from the client. To establish the likely cost of the project the quantity surveyor will often use these drawings.

Presentation drawings also include detailed design drawings. This is the final stage of the design before working drawings commence. It includes every part and component of the interior or building so that the client can see exactly what they are getting, and the Quantity Surveyor if used, can confirm the likely costs for the project.

Working Drawings (Blue Prints)

Working Drawings or Blue Prints are those which are used to manufacture and construct from. They include plans and partition layouts for positioning spaces and locating components. These include furniture and ceiling layouts separately. Elevations, to show the vertical faces of the interior walls. Cross Sections, showing the assembly of the interior and construction of the components such as joinery. Details showing how elements are connected together.

Detailed definitions of the drawings are listed here.
What are Drawings?

These are drawn lines on paper or some similar medium that represent and make up an image of what you are trying to describe.

We are trying to describe an item in terms of its:


Width (breadth)


And the details of what it is and how it is made.

Generally working drawings or blue prints describe in two dimensions at a time what work is to be carried out. However it is a very useful practice to have besides the two-dimensional drawing a three-dimensional sketch of what the finished article should look like.

As you develop your ideas (design development) for the design you will sketch what you intend to have made to show your client or firmly establish in your mind what you want (presentation). Copying these sketches to the same sheet as working drawings is a very good idea. Remember as an interior designer your work revolves around the detail. A draftsman or architect, because they work normally on the exterior of the building, unless also specializing on the interior and then they would be deemed to be working within the realms of interior design, generally won’t be as bothered with the final five millimeters of detail as an interior designer. To you as an interior designer it is critical.

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