How Do I Get Volume in Sketchup?

Are you struggling to achieve volume in Sketchup? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will explore some effective techniques to help you add volume to your Sketchup models. So, let’s dive right in!

Using the Push/Pull Tool

If you want to give a flat surface some depth, the Push/Pull tool is your go-to option. It allows you to extrude surfaces and create 3D objects in no time.

To use the Push/Pull tool, simply select the surface or face that you want to extrude. Then, click on the tool icon or press the “P” key on your keyboard. With the tool activated, click and drag on the selected surface to pull it vertically and create volume.

TIP: Hold down the Shift key while dragging with the Push/Pull tool to lock movement along a specific axis (X, Y, or Z).

Drawing 3D Shapes

If you’re looking for more complex volumes and shapes beyond simple extrusions, Sketchup offers a wide range of tools for creating 3D objects. Let’s explore some of them:

The Rectangle Tool

The Rectangle tool allows you to draw rectangular shapes on any plane within your model. To create a rectangle, click on the Rectangle tool icon or press the “R” key.

Then, click once to define one corner of the rectangle and drag until reaching the desired size. Release the mouse button to complete the shape.

The Circle Tool

If you need to add circular shapes or curves, look no further than the Circle tool. Click on its icon or press “C” on your keyboard.

Then, click once to define the center of the circle and drag outward to set the radius. Release the mouse button to finish drawing.

The Arc Tool

For more precise curved shapes, the Arc tool is your best bet. Activate it by clicking on its icon or pressing “A”.

Then, click once to set the beginning of the arc, click again to define the endpoint, and finally drag to adjust the curvature. Release the mouse button when satisfied with your creation.

Utilizing 3D Warehouse

If you’re short on time or looking for pre-made 3D objects, Sketchup’s 3D Warehouse is a fantastic resource. It provides an extensive collection of user-generated models that you can download and incorporate into your own projects.

To access 3D Warehouse, go to the “File” menu, then select “3D Warehouse” and choose “Get Models.” Search for specific objects or browse through different categories. Once you find what you need, simply download it and import it into your Sketchup model.


Adding volume in Sketchup is as easy as using the Push/Pull tool or creating 3D shapes with various drawing tools. Additionally, don’t forget about Sketchup’s vast library of pre-made models in the 3D Warehouse.

So go ahead and experiment with these techniques to bring depth and realism to your Sketchup models. Happy designing!