Use Case: Interior Design

I'm an interior designer, how can I use Canvas?

Awesome! There are a number of interior designers that use Canvas today as the starting point for each of their projects. We have a few case studies with other interior designers using Canvas available and we were even featured on the popular TV show Ask This Old House as part of a design project in Worcester!

Case Studies

Interior Design Projects

Kitchen remodel by Lane McNab Interiors

Bedroom by Maria Tsamis

Nursery by Tetrachrome Design

The Process

In each of these cases, the designer:

  1. Scanned the existing space with Canvas
  2. Used Scan To CAD to convert the scan into a simplified, editable CAD model
  3. Used SketchUp to design the space in 3D
  4. Created photorealistic 3D renders to sell the client on the design

And in each of these cases, the client said yes and signed off on the project!

Skipping Right To The Fun Part

Generally, we see interior designers using Canvas at the very beginning of a project, to capture the existing conditions of a home and create a SketchUp model for use throughout the design process. This might be on the very first meeting (before a client has committed to the project), or after they’ve put down a deposit for the project to kick things off. Some projects focus on just one room, where others focus on a whole house (Scan To CAD pricing starts at $0.10/sqft). We’ve seen Canvas used across all levels of interior design projects, with client budgets ranging from below $1,000 to $100K+.

Across these projects, the main value proposition we find is that as a designer, you can skip right to this for every single project:

You can learn more about how Canvas works specifically with SketchUp here, as well as in our interview on the SketchUp blog. Canvas can work with many different design programs, but we find that amongst interior designers, SketchUp tends to be the most popular. You can learn more about using Canvas with other programs here.

Common ROIs We Hear From Other Designers

1. Dramatically shorten the time spent on-site to capture existing conditions and re-create a 3D model to start design. Across case studies we’ve run with interior designers, we found that the average designer saved about 7-10 hours of time per project when using Canvas.

2. Parallelize work on a project. While you’re waiting for your CAD models to be delivered (2 business days), you have that time back to spend more time with the client or take on more projects.

3. Expand 3D to projects where it previously was simply not economical. Jumping into 3D requires measuring and modeling the space, and Canvas effectively automates all of that for you. When you only need to worry about the design itself, 3D becomes a lot more practical.

4. Allowing you to up-sell other services by making it more cost-effective to do concept work in 3D. A common example we hear is that our customers will visit a client site to do one kind of job, but they have a list of other ideas that they’d love to see come to life. Using traditional methods, it often just isn’t economical to measure a room and create a 3D model unless the client has already agreed to pay for the project. However, with Canvas, capturing all the dimensions of a room takes only a few minutes, so it’s more practical to do a quick concept in SketchUp to start a conversation.

Advanced Designer Workflows

Excited about bringing technology like Canvas into your projects? So are we! Having played a supporting role on a lot of interior design projects in the last year, we’ve come across a handful of “advanced workflows” for designers looking to supercharge their efforts with technology.

  1. Bringing your designs to life in VR. Using tools like IrisVR, InsiteVR, or Kubity, you can bring your SketchUp models into VR in one click.

These are automated solutions, but you can also get epically high-quality results if you are willing to invest some budget in a custom experience.

If you’re looking to do a custom experience, we have a network of contacts that we can connect you with - just reach out to and ask. Please note that the cost of building these custom experiences is likely to be in the low thousands or higher.

  1. Scanning models of furniture. Structure Sensor isn’t just for rooms — you can use it for objects too! If you are interested in creating 3D models of real-world products for your projects, drop us a note at and we can help you get started.

  2. Creating photorealistic 3D renders. Between scanning rooms with Canvas and objects with your same Structure Sensor, creating high-quality 3D renderings for your projects has never been easier. If you are a designer that currently creates 3D renders for your clients, or are interested in starting, drop us a note at

Further Reading

  1. Ivy Webinar on Using Canvas to Create 3D Visualizations for your Design Clients - Click here to watch
  2. Sample Data - Scan To CAD output generated from real-world projects
  3. Interview with SketchUp - more information on how Canvas is rearranging traditional workflows
  4. What kind of accuracy can I expect from Canvas?
  5. What device should I use with Canvas?
  6. Watch Canvas in action on "This Old House"