How to Add Thickness to Walls With SketchUp

Google SketchUp is a free graphics program that allows you to build and render 3D objects on your PC.

The software tools create and edit 3D shapes that you can use to make buildings of any style you need. You can also edit aspects of a building that you or another SketchUp user have already created, such as adding thickness to the walls of the structure.

Click "File," then "Open" to load the 3D building project in the SketchUp software.

Use the "Pan," "Orbit" and "Zoom" tools to position your camera on the wall to which you would like to add thickness.

Select the "Push/Pull" tool from the toolbar. This looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it.

Hover your mouse over the outside or inside face of the wall. The program will highlight the shape's face with dotted shading to show you which wall you have selected.

Click and drag the face of the wall outward using your mouse. This will increase the thickness of your wall.

Release the mouse button once the wall has become thick enough.

Repeat the process on all walls to which you would like to add thickness.

Save the changes to your 3D project once you have completed your edits.

About the Author

Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.