Using the Reference Floor Display

Reference Number: KB-00303
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

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 duplicate the interior walls from floor one on floor two. Is there a way to superimpose the contents of floor one on top of floor two; a way that would allow me to edit floor two while looking at floor one?


Home Designer can manage up to three separate floors in a plan, plus an attic and a foundation. Of these floors, only one can be active for editing at a time. However, one floor, called a reference floor, can be superimposed on the working floorto keep walls and rooms in line. In addition, the option to switch between working and reference floors is available.

How to use the Reference Floor

  1. There are three possible selections that allow the manipulation of the Current and Reference floors.

  2. To access these options from the menu you will want to select Tools> Reference Floors> Reference Floor Display ,or Swap Floor/Reference or Change Floor/Reference.

    Note: Only two floors can be active at the same time - The Current Floor is the floor you design and edit in. The Reference floor allows superimposing another floor over the current floor. Note also that you must have multiple floors on your plan to take advantage of the reference display features.

  • Reference Floor Display

    This option displays one floor as a reference superimposed over the current floor plan. The contents of the reference plan cannot be edited; however, they can be used to align walls, stairs and other items in the plan. A second floor must first be created before the first floor can be used as a reference.

  • Swap Floor/Reference

    This option works with Reference Display On to simultaneously change the current plan into the reference plan and the reference plan into the current plan.

  • Change Floor/Reference

    This option specifies which floor plan is used as the current plan and which one is the reference plan. The Reference Display On and Swap Floor/Reference commands use these settings.