Product updates

A rundown of Figarc features, enhancements, fixes, and other updates.

April 8, 2024

So many wardrobes

So many wardrobes

Figarc‘s original release had only simple rectangular wardrobes with sliding and hinged door openings. In this update, the library has a lot more wardrobe options that can fit into any bedroom size and shape. Well, except rounded ones. 😊

It‘s like a Tetris challenge, where you can drag and drop your chosen wardrobe to act as a built-in or a walk-in configuration. All combinations come in various sizes and door openings.

April 2, 2024

50% reduction of layers

50% reduction of layers

All Figarc fixtures and components now contain about 50% fewer layers than before while still looking exactly the same. If you wonder how that‘s thanks to Figma boolean variables.

Previously, switching between the Whiteprint or Blueprint theme to the Miyazaki theme would mean relying on a copy of all layers wrapped in a frame with visibility turned off by default; now, the switch happens by toggling the visibility on individual layers inside the furniture component.

This enhancement will prove beneficial as more furniture pieces are added in the future. Your RAM will thank you for that.

March 15, 2024

Miyazaki floor textures

Miyazaki floor textures

With the release of the Miyazaki theme last week, there is now a set of Miyazaki floor textures. Now, you can apply tiles to your bathroom, carpet to your bedroom, or a rug underneath your dining table.

Each texture is saved as a color style and is semi-transparent. That means you can apply any color below the texture to control how your tiles, carpet, or parquet will appear in your floor plan.

Stay tuned for a more extensive set of textures in some of the following updates.

March 5, 2024

Miyazaki visual theme

Miyazaki visual theme

Big, big update! Aside from the Whiteprint and Blueprint visual themes, Figarc now has a third theme called Miyazaki.

The theme mimics the deep colors and visual aesthetics used by the legendary illustrator Hayao Miyazaki, who drew the scenes for all Ghibli animated movies. So, once you start playing with the Miyazaki theme and find yourself murmuring, “To to to, to toooro” then you‘ve probably watched some of those animations. 😊

Like the other themes, the Miyazaki theme is built with variable modes. You can find the theme switch in the top-right corner of your Figma file, and with a single click, you can change the visual theme to your entire floor plan.

March 2, 2024

Beds

Beds

From a single bed for your child to the epic Alaskan king bed for your entire family. Now, you can drag and drop seven bed sizes to design your bedroom in Figarc.

Each bed is drawn based on industry-standard and international bed dimensions. So, rest assured that the mattress you plan to purchase will fit the bed from the screen in real life.

February 20, 2024

Stairs, staircases, stairways

Stairs, staircases, stairways

With the addition of stairways, you can now design multi-floor structures all the way to heaven. This update includes a variety of stairways, such as straight, u-shaped, curved u-shaped, and spiral stairways. More to come soon.

Each type of stairway has three height levels, and each stair is calculated to comply with industry standards dimensions for different ceiling heights, to ensure that the stairs you see in Figarc are as close as what your architect would build.

January 26, 2024

Pocket doors and sliding doors

Pocket doors and sliding doors

Did you know you don‘t always have to rely on the usual swinging door on hinges? Think of a situation where you design a guest toilet with only 3 square meters. Or an entrance to a walk-in wardrobe.

Now, you can drag and drop a so-called pocket door or a sliding door for your guest toilet, a utility room, or a storage room. These types of doors are especially useful if you need to save that precious space a swinging door takes up as it opens. Nifty, right?

January 16, 2024

Blueprint theme

Blueprint theme

With the power of variables and variable modes, now you can switch the entire Figma page between two visual themes: Whiteprint and Blueprint.

While Whiteprint is the original theme that mimics a typical architectural drawing (black elements on a white background), Blueprint mimics the 19th-century drawing process in which prints were composed of white lines on a blue ground, hence the word “blueprint.”

January 16, 2024

Imperial measurements

Imperial measurements

As a European-born it is ingrained in me to think in centimeters and meters. But realizing that half, if not more of the Figmates are across the Pacific, I created another grid that mimics feet and inches.

Due to the Figma limitation of not allowing decimals in grid creation, but only integers, the imperial measurements are about 90% equivalent to the metric ones. Considering that Figarc is a fun floor plan maker, this is not critical. Yet, making the measurements more precise is in my backlog.

January 16, 2024

Essential bathroom fixtures

Essential bathroom fixtures

It was expected to be the next logical step. So, before I found down the last hours of this year, in this update I‘m releasing a set of essential bathroom fixtures. All of them are drawn from real fixtures, and they are based on true dimensions and proportions. This is key to making Figarc not only fun but also usable.

The fixtures contain toilets (closed coupled and back-to-wall) and baths (straight and square, freestanding, D-shaped, and corner baths.)Assuming that the number of fixtures will drastically grow, I created a separate Figma library and put them there, to allow for flexibility down the road.