How to Get Area Calculations in Sketchup

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If you are working with a model that has multiple rooms like a house, restaurant, or large suite, you probably want to record the area of each individual space. There are a few different ways to get area calculations in Sketchup, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you each way and the tricks to doing it right! With these tips, you’ll be able to quickly and accurately record the square footage for each room. We’ll also show you how to customize your text settings and change the measurement units. Without further adieu, let’s get started!

The Different Ways to Get Area Calculations in Sketchup

1. Entity Info

Select any face in your model and you can view the entity info in the default tray, located on the right side of your screen. Under the “layer” dropdown you can see the area of the space in square feet. However, if you don’t have any doors dividing the space, the measurement may be including multiple spaces.

Close Off Door Openings. Open the line tool by pressing “L.” Click and drag to close off any door openings that lead to a separate space. Delete the face that is created after drawing the line.

close door openings for area calculations in Sketchup

Hide. Right click on the line you just drew and click “hide.” Now when you click on the face it will only select the area you want to measure. Make sure you don’t include any doorways or stairs in your calculation because they are not features of the space.

2. Use the Text Tool

Another way to get area calculations in Sketchup is by using the text tool. Simply select the “text” tool in the top menu bar and click on the face you want to measure. It will automatically show you the area of that space.

use text tool for area calculations in Sketchup

An important note to remember is that once you click off of the “text” tool, you will not be able to go back and add more lines to the text. For example, if you want to have a title above the square footage, you will have to type it in before you finish using the “text” tool.

Keep in mind the text is also not dynamically linked to the room. So if you alter the square footage of the room, the text will not change to reflect it.

If you want to customize the text, click on the leader. Then use the settings in the “default tray” under “entity info” to change the font or arrow.

change entity info of area calculations in Sketchup

Window > Model Info > Text. If you want to save the settings for the next leader you draw, navigate to “window” > “model info” and click on “text.” Use the “leader text” section to change your text options. While you have the “model info” window open, go ahead and change the units so the area rounds to the nearest whole number.

change model info for area calculations in Sketchup

Change Units. In the “length units” section, click on the “format” dropdown. Select “decimal” and change “inches” to “feet.” Then, in the “precision” dropdown, select “0.”

change units for area calculations in Sketchup

Move. If you want to move a leader, hit “M” to open the move command. Click on the end of a leader and move it to the desired location and use the arrow keys to lock to certain axes.

That’s it! What method do you use to get area calculations in Sketchup? Let us know in the comments! Before you go, be sure to check out the rest of our tutorials here.

Happy Hacking!


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    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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