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Best practices for scanning interiors
Best practices for scanning interiors

How to get the best interior scan of your space

Updated over a week ago

A successful scan of an interior space creates a complete, 360-degree digital model of each room. While the process may appear as if you're recording a video, the app is actually taking a series of photos automatically as you move around the room.

This article provides tips for creating the best possible interior scan.

Prepare your space

No need to climb over or move furniture - navigate around it the best you can.

For the best scan results:

  • Clear out the entrance of each space

    • If you can, create a clear walking path around the perimeter of the room(s)

  • Turn lights on and uncover windows

    • The better the light, the better the scan quality will be

Scanning a small space

A small space is any room where you can’t walk the perimeter (i.e. a closet, pantry, or small bathroom). To successfully scan a small space, follow the guidance below:

  • Starting position:

    • Stand just outside the entryway and scan the full entryway frame

  • Paint the walls:

    • Lean or step into the space and use an up-and-down painting motion to 'cover' all walls, as seen in the animation below

  • Step inside:

    • If possible, step into the space to scan behind large objects that might be blocking the far wall

    • Continue the up-and-down painting motion until you have finished scanning all the walls

Additional tips:

  1. Go slow: Walk and move your phone at a slow pace. Avoid quick or jerky movements.

  2. Pause in each corner: To establish more context of the room as you're walking the perimeter, pause in each corner; panning your phone left-to-right and up-and-down.

Scanning a large space

A large space is any room you can easily walk into, while also moving around the perimeter. To successfully scan a large space, follow the guidance below:

  • Starting position:

    • Start with your back against the wall

    • Aim at the far wall - keep the floor, wall, and ceiling in the frame whenever possible

  • High ceilings:

    • If you are in a room where, due to high ceilings, it's difficult to keep the floor and ceiling in the frame, move your phone up and down in a painting motion as you walk the perimeter

  • Walking the room:

    • Continue pointing your phone toward the center of the room (and at the far wall) as you make a full, smooth loop around the perimeter

      • If using the LiDAR-specific workflow, you will see white lines outline the room and the model will begin forming at the bottom of your screen

Scanning hallways and foyers

When scanning narrow spaces like hallways or foyers, walk through the entire space while keeping all four walls in the frame at once. Follow the guidance below:

  • Starting position:

    • Frame the space with your camera

  • Walking through the space:

    • Ensure the camera captures all four walls as you walk slowly through the space

  • Alcoves and bends:

    • If the hallway has any alcoves or bends, pause and move your phone around to capture more of these areas

  • High ceilings: If ceilings are high, use an up-and-down painting motion to scan both floor and ceilings

Scanning between two spaces

It's important to scan adjoining spaces as you move from room to room so that all desired rooms are visible in the final floor plan.

  • Keep your phone up:

    • As you move from one space to the next, keep your phone up - pointed at the entrance of the next space

  • Approach the doorway:

    • When you approach the doorway of the next space, tap the "start next space" button to continue your scan.

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