8 of the best free interior design tools, apps, and software


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You are planning an extension, new food or the bathroom, or finally turn to landscaping of the garden? Or maybe you just moved moved to a new house and are planning to embark on several renovation projects? Whether you do everything yourself or turn to the professionals, there are plenty of professional interior and home decorating software out there that are readily available, user-friendly, affordable, and in many cases free.

Whatever home project you’re working on, you’ll want to communicate your ideas to everyone involved as specifically as possible, and a room planner will help you do that. It’s the most accurate way to visually flesh out your ideas, says Cory Powell of DBS bathrooms, which introduces us to some of the best free design software currently available for home designers and interior decorators.

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SketchUp is the most comprehensive free 3D design software you can find on the web, says Cory. This powerful home design tool is immersive enough to feel like you’re moving around your future home, yet flexible enough to feel like you’re working with pen and paper.

The free version is perfect for hobbyists, while the pro version is more suitable for architectural, construction, engineering, and commercial interior design professionals.

Whether you’re building an extension for your home, a treehouse, or conceptualizing your debut on Great designs, the thoroughness of this software will help you bring every aspect of your design to life.

Start designing with SketchUp

Floorplanner allows you to design and decorate your space in 2D and 3D, which can be done online and without having to download any software. While its interior decorating function is a great feature, the strength of this tool lies in its functionality as a floor planner. Then, once the floor plan is complete, you can switch views and decorate the space in 3D mode.

It’s simple to use and easy to master, so if you’re looking for something that doesn’t require a steep learning curve, Floorplanner is a good choice.

Start designing with Floorplanner

SmartDraw is another powerful tool in the world of floor planning. It’s easy enough to learn that no one is left out of its use, while still being advanced enough to facilitate complex designs for more advanced designers.

With a seemingly endless selection of furniture, cars, building materials, and thousands of floor plan models and examples, you’ll be able to explore an endless amount of possible designs and layouts for your new space. The only downside to this tool is that it is only free for the first seven days, so if you plan to use it for longer or for multiple projects, it may be worth upgrading.

Start designing with SmartDraw

Planner 5D is the best home design tool. Like the free version of Sketch Up, this tool is immersive, meaning you can explore your design with your feet virtually on the ground.

With Planner 5D, you can either start from scratch or use a perfect template to create a quick floor plan if you don’t have the time or want to do a complex design. What’s especially great about this software is that it runs on iOS, which means you can create maps on your phone or iPad while you’re on the go.

To begin with, nothing could be simpler. Start by adjusting the shape, size, materials and colors of the floor. Then add furniture and accessories, go to 3D and add windows and doors. Add a second story if you want, then the roof. The only downside is that if you want to use the in-app furniture, it can get expensive for something other than the most basic beds, chairs, or chairs. sofas.

All aspects of the design can be changed in terms of color and texture, and when you’re ready to share your plans, it can be printed in a photorealistic format.

Start designing with Planner 5D

HomeByMe is one of Cory’s favorite home design tools. As far as we can tell, it’s genuinely free, as are all of its features. The way it works is that brands add their products to its catalog, which means that you will be using real products to furnish and decorate your home. The advantage of this is that you will be able to plan your design until the end and have access to the furniture and decorations that you have used to create your space imaginatively.

As with Planner 5D, you can switch from 2D to 3D after you have completed your floor plan and designed the look of each room. Or, you can start with the decor and click on “summary” and the software will produce a floor plan with all your furniture and appliances in the right places.

Start designing with HomeByMe

There is a lot to love about Roomstyler. Like HomeByMe, it is very easy to use. In fact, it’s so intuitive that there’s almost no need for a tutorial video available. Which is another plus for this software. Of all the home design tools, this one has a video tutorial for every question you might have about the tool.

The biggest advantage of this software is that you can create a custom part in a matter of minutes. This app also allows you to furnish your space using products from real brands, which means you will decorate your plans with items that you can purchase when you are ready to make your design a reality.

Start designing with Roomstyler

You will often find that some of your favorite brands and retailers have their own online 3D room planners, which provides even more ways to visualize your space and allows you to “try before you buy”. Take a look at our top picks below …

A sofa is one of the biggest investments you will make in your home, so while looking for your new sofa at DFS, you can also redesign your room – this is ideal if you are redecorating or moving into a new home. You can use a 2D or 3D view and from there choose a room shape, enter measurements, and decide on the color of the walls and flooring. You can even add accessories to enhance the space and play with the decor to complement the sofa of your choice.

Start designing with the DFS room planner

Photo credit: DFS

Photo credit: DFS

If you are considering investing in new flooring, Carpetright’s flooring visualizer will help you imagine what your room will look like with carpet, vinyl, wood or laminate flooring. Simply take a photo of the part you chose (or select a sample part) and upload it to the viewer. You can customize the color of the walls and the type of flooring. From there, you can save your parts and order samples, getting you one step closer to the room of your dreams.

Start designing with the Carpetright visualizer

Photo credit: Carpetright

Photo credit: Carpetright

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