How to Read Manufactured Home Plans

Floor plans are diagrams of a house created by the designer or architect. They tell you what you need to know about the layout of a home. If you’re in the market for a new home, you should know how to read them. Floor plans are designed to show you how big the home is and the dimensions of the rooms. Some even show which way the door opens for each room and where the appliances that come with the home are located. Knowing how to identify these features helps you pick the right manufactured home. If you’re looking for a new home, here is some key information about how to read manufactured home floor plans.

Understanding the Scale

One of the first steps in knowing how to read manufactured home floor plans is to understand the scale. Knowing the measurements of the home will tell you how big the home is and the size of the rooms. Most plans have a set scale located on the plan. For example, one might explain that every inch on paper works out to 8 feet in real life. Some plans directly state the exact measurements and dimensions. More in-depth plans include pictures of standard furniture such as tables and couches to help determine scale.


Walls are one of the most essential features of any home. They tell you how many rooms are in the home, how big they are and where they’re located. On many manufactured home floor plans, the walls are indicated by solid lines but sometimes they may be filled in with a pattern. Exterior walls appear with a thicker line than interior walls. Any breaks between the lines are to show doors, windows and any spaces between rooms.


Doors are another important feature located in a floor plan. Doors are displayed with different symbols to indicate the type such as single, double, sliding, bi-fold or pocket. The symbols should also show which way the doors open. Knowing which way the doors swing can help you know where to place furniture.


The symbols for windows often vary. This is to indicate different styles such as bay windows or casement style windows. Sometimes manufactured homes have notes around the edges explaining that you can add optional windows, where and what kind. Knowing how to read manufactured home floor plans will help you get the complete picture of your potential home.


Long regular boxes are used to indicate floor cabinets and dotted lines above the boxes show cabinets mounted on walls. These upper cabinets may be located above a refrigerator which will be displayed as a square or rectangle that sticks out a little farther than the cabinets. Rectangles or squares with circles inside demonstrate the presence of a stove or cooktop. Sinks are usually located in front of a window as an empty rectangle indicating a single basin sink or two side-by-side squares to show a double basin sink.


Floor plans show the bathrooms located in the house and the features they contain. Showers are depicted as a rectangle with a large “x” inside. Toilets are circles with a rectangle inside. Sinks are shown as a rectangle shaped cabinet or a small rectangle with an oval or circle inside if it’s a stand-alone sink.  Bathtubs are displayed as a rounded corner rectangle inside of a slightly larger one and linen closets are marked as “linen,” “lc” or “lin.”


Bedrooms aren’t very different from other living spaces. The most important aspects to note are how many bedrooms are present in the home and how big they are. Some floor plans may include bed symbols to show how big of a bed can fit comfortably in the space. If closets are present they are labeled as such or with “CL.”

Additional Features and Rooms

If the manufactured home has stairs they’ll be shown as narrow side-by-side rectangular boxes. A room marked “util” or “utility” contains the washer and dryer which will be labeled “W” and “D.” Parallel lines at the back or front of the house indicate a porch, deck or patio.

If you’re looking for a new manufactured home, take a look at as many floor plans as possible. Do an imaginary walk through and picture yourself living in the home. Every home has a unique layout and knowing how to read manufactured home plans will put you in the best position to pick the right one. If you don’t completely love what you see, most manufacturers will work with you to customize or make changes to the plan to create a home that matches your needs. Check out this article for more information on preparing to move into a new manufactured home.

Steven Baker