How Do I Add an Object to a Component in SketchUp?

If you’re new to SketchUp, you may be wondering how to add an object to a component in your design. Fortunately, SketchUp makes it easy to incorporate objects into your components. In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the steps of adding an object to a component in SketchUp.

Step 1: Select the Component

The first step is to select the component where you want to add the object. You can do this by simply clicking on the component with the Select tool. Once selected, you’ll see a bounding box around the component indicating that it’s active.

Step 2: Open the Component for Editing

To add an object to the component, you need to open it for editing. Right-click on the component and select “Edit Component” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can also double-click on the component to enter editing mode.

Step 3: Import or Create Object

With the component open for editing, you can now import or create your desired object. SketchUp offers several ways to do this:

  • Importing an Object: To import an existing object, go to “File” > “Import” and choose the file of your object. This could be a 3D model file or an image file.
  • Creating an Object: If you prefer to create your own object from scratch, you can use SketchUp’s drawing and modeling tools. These tools allow you to create shapes, lines, and surfaces that can be combined into more complex objects.

Step 4: Position and Scale the Object

Once your object is imported or created within the component editing mode, you can position and scale it as needed. Use the Move tool to move the object to the desired location within the component. You can also use the Scale tool to resize the object if necessary.

Step 5: Exit Component Editing Mode

After you’ve added and positioned your object, it’s time to exit the component editing mode. To do this, simply click outside of the component or right-click on it and select “Close Component” from the context menu. This will exit the editing mode and save your changes.


  • Grouping Objects: If you want to add multiple objects to a component, consider grouping them first. Grouping objects allows you to treat them as a single entity within a component.
  • Nesting Components: You can also add components within components for more complex designs. Simply repeat the steps above for each nested component.

That’s it! You’ve successfully added an object to a component in SketchUp. By following these steps, you can enhance your designs by incorporating various objects into your components.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different objects and arrangements within your components. Happy designing!