9 Online Design ProgramsFebruary 3, 2017
When it comes to decorating and remodeling, it can be a very overwhelming task. Where do you start? How can you play around with ideas and sample arrangements? How will your ideas translate into your space? Well, technology to the rescue. You don’t have to be a professional interior designer to reap the benefits of professional home design programs. These days, there are many interactive, user-friendly design programs that allow you to arrange furniture, map out floor plans, browse furnishings and architectural features and place them in your model, and much more. We’ve selected nine of the very best online design programs that you can use right from your browser.
This professional and yet completely user-friendly program is perfect for newbies who have no training with this kind of software and yet still want to be able to reap its benefits. The company Autodesk is known for their highly professional design programs for architecture, 3D modeling, and 3D rendering, and this simple drag-and-drop program can create 3D floor planners and 3D room designers that are perfect for first-timers. There’s also a PRO version for professionals that’s more advanced. You can choose your cabinetry, appliances, furniture, and virtually any home décor item to complete the look of your room design.
2. Planner 5D
Planner 5D is by far the most detailed and extensive free design program you can get. You can design rooms and visualize remodels down to the tiniest architectural feature, all in amazing 3D detail, and even integrate outdoor areas such as landscaping features and pools. Create your dream house using the thousands of items in their customized catalogue.
This simple and easy online software for home design can be used to draw out your home, then add furniture and design features like windows, doors, appliances, and more. You can even open and close doors and windows to make sure there is room for everything in each space. This is another great free software that can be downloaded onto your desktop or used online.
Roomle is an online program and app that you can use to design your dream space. It features a 3D furniture catalogue as well as 3D furniture configuration, but what’s really cool about this program is that you can use it on your phone or tablet to create augmented reality projections of your design, using pictures of the space. How cool is that?
This simple and easy free online interface requires virtually nothing to get started; just visit the site and begin your design! You can take a picture and build on that or start from scratch. Check out their main page to designs other users have created and even enter your design into their contests!
Since IKEA has such an appealing collection of affordable, stylish home décor items and furniture, this easy and free online planner can help you decide if you really need all those impulse buys you’ve got in your online shopping cart. You can easily click and drag your desired purchases into a 3D model of your home to see if it would indeed look as great as you imagine!
Home Designer Suite is the ultimate online tool for remodels and home design. You can use it for interior design, architectural modeling, and landscape planning alike. Perfect for DIY home enthusiasts, their 3D models are all you need to plan every aspect of your remodel, new home, or redesign projects.
This is another great project for DIY home enthusiasts, and helps you plan out and choose drywall, paint, tile, and deck projects. They have free worksheets to calculate how much materials you will need for your project, so you can order the materials and tools you need with the right information!
Smart Draw is a great set of programs that help you draw out and present every aspect of a new design or even building construction. From floor plan sketches to project timeline projections, this is great for professionals who need to present their plans but don’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive design software. It has a free trial to help you decide if it’s something you could use for your business or design plan.