Choosing Metric or Imperial Units

Reference Number: KB-00154
Last Modified: October 1, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


I would like to create a plan in metric units, and later today I would like to create another plan in imperial units. How do I select the units of my choice using Home Designer software?


When creating a plan in Home Designer software, either Metric (millimeters, centimeters, meters, etc)  or Imperial (feet, inches) measurement units are available. The measurement system must be set before creating a plan and cannot be changed for existing plans.  

To Start a New Plan Using a Particular Unit Type

  1. Launch your Home Designer product, and select File> New Plan to display the Create New Plan dialog, which allows you to select a predefined template for your new plan.  

  2. In this dialog, you will be able to choose the plan style of your new home.  

    Additionally, you will be able to choose U.S. Units (inches) or Metric Units (millimeters) at the top under Measurement Units.  

    Create New Plan dialog showing drop-down list for Measurement Units which include U.S. Units (inches) and Metric Units (millimeters) and a list of templates below

    The Home Designer programs include a selection of plan templates, each with different default settings that allow you to begin working in a particular plan style quickly.

    Select a style template from the list. If you are uncertain as to the right style for your plan, choose the Default Style, as you cannot change the plan style template once a plan has been created.

  3. Select either U.S. Units or Metric Units, and once you have chosen the appropriate template style, click OK to create a new plan using the settings you have selected.  

  4. The floor plan view window opens, ready for you to begin drawing. The resulting new plan uses either metric or Imperial units of measurement and predefined default settings, layer settings, wall definitions, and page setup information.