It would be great if you could see what your home design ideas look like before you do them. There are many professional homes and interior design software available, user-friendly, affordable and, in many cases, free.
The programs below are very easy to use, even if you have never used graphic design software before. They also allow you to complete more than one task, such as choosing from a collection of decorations and finishing and layout of rooms and spaces. Most importantly, they’re all free.
Sketchup is the most comprehensive free 3D design software you’ll find on the web. This powerful home design tool is compelling enough to make you seem like you’re moving through your future home, while flexible enough to make it feel as though you’re working with pen and paper.
The free version is perfect for hobbyists, while the pro version is more suited to professionals in commercial architecture, construction, engineering, and interior design.
Whether you’re building an extension for your home, a treehouse or brainstorming for your first time on Grand Design, this thoroughness of software will help you carry every aspect of your home.
Floorplanner allows you to design and decorate your space in 2D and 3D format, which can be done online without downloading any software. While its interior trim functionality is a great feature, this tool’s strength lies in its function as a floor plan. Then, when the floor plan is complete, you can switch the view and decorate the space in 3D.
It’s simple to use and easy to understand, so if you’re after something that doesn’t require a steep learning curve, the Floorplanner is a good choice.
SmartDraw is another powerful tool in the world of floor planning. It is easy enough to learn that no one will be left out of its use, while 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 patterns and examples, you’ll be able to explore the various possible designs and layouts for new spaces. The only downside of this tool is that it’s only free for the first seven days, so if you plan on using it longer or for multiple projects, it may be worth the upgrade.
Planner 5D is the most beautiful home design tool. Like the free version of Sketch-Up, the tool is beautiful, meaning you can explore your designs with your feet virtually on the ground.
With Planner 5D, you’ll be able to start over or use a perfect template to incorporate a quick floor plan if you don’t have the time or want a complicated design. What’s especially great about this software is that it works on iOS, meaning you can create packages on your phone or iPad while you’re on the go.
Start by adjusting the floor shape, size, material, and color. Then add furniture and accessories, convert to 3D and add windows and doors. Add a second floor if you want, and then the roof. The only downside is that if you’re going to use furniture in the app, it can be expensive for anything other than the most basic bed, chair or sofa.
All aspects of the design can be changed in terms of color and texture and, when you’re ready to share your plan, it can be printed in optical format.
HomeByMe is one of our favourite home design tools. As far as we can tell, it’s free throughout and so is all its features. How it works, is that brands add their products to your catalogue, which means you’ll use real products to decorate and decorate your home. The advantage of this is that you will plan your design to the end and have access to the actual furniture and decorations you used to create your space imaginatively.
Like with Planner 5D, you can switch from 2D to 3D after completing your floor plan and designing each room’s look. You can start with the decoration and press ‘abstract’ and the software will create a floor plan with all your furniture and appliances in the right place.
Roomstyler 3D Home Planner
There’s a lot to like about Roomstyler 3D Home Planner. Like HomeByMe, it’s very easy to use. In fact, it’s so intuitive that there’s almost no instructional video available. That is another plus point for this software. Out of all the home design tools, this one has an instructional video available for every question you may have about the tool.
The biggest benefit of this software is that you can create a custom room in minutes. The app also allows you to equip your space using products from real brands, meaning you’ll decorate your plan with items you can buy when you’re ready for the design comes true.