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When you’re attempting to figure out the best room layout, you could gather your furniture and decor and play around with placement, or you can simply use a room design app. Taking things virtual is a great way to save time, money and of course, energy while styling your room exactly how you’d like it. Here, we’ve gathered some of our favorite user-friendly apps to help you create floor plans and virtually design your rooms. Using these room design apps and sites will allow you to take the guesswork out of everything from gauging the right-sized furniture for your space, to assessing how a paint color will look, to putting entire rooms together in virtual reality before taking the plunge IRL.
These room design apps can prove incredibly helpful when moving to a new home or embarking on a remodel, room redesign, or even when purchasing new furniture (I’m looking at you, sofas). They’re also a great way to turn interior design into something of a hobby.
For Designing a Room Layout
Use these room design apps if you have an existing space that needs a facelift. These are great for visualizing exactly how your end result will look without all the heavy lifting.
This stunning, top-of-the-line software allows you to professionally design a room with no CAD or CAM experience. With a database of more than 50,000 models, you can draw or upload your floor plan, then furnish and decorate your room with your personal touches. High-quality 3D visualization leaves no room for questioning what your newly designed room will look like.
Amikasa is the Webby Award-winning app for iOS and Android that is receiving rave reviews for its aesthetically pleasing interface. With Amikasa, you start by selecting the shape of your room and adding the exact dimensions. Then, you can create room layouts using furniture and home decor from real brands—about as mistake-proof as you can get in room planning. This room design app also has cool features like a walk-through mode that allows users to take a virtual tour of their newly created rooms to get a feel for the room design and layout and the option to share the room via social media for input and advice.
Home Design 3D is a room design app that offers a free version and Gold Edition ($4.99). All versions are also available for Android. The app receives praise for its high level of detail while still remaining easy to use, and the latest version even offers an online 3D-printing option.
Rooms for iOS (free but users need to upgrade to the $3 version to save room designs) offers a fun and easy way to play with virtual room layout ideas. Users enter the dimensions of their room and then can try out different room planning ideas by flipping furniture, changing wall colors and flooring, and altering the scale of items to see how everything will look together. Reviews praise the app’s ease of use but note issues with crashing (though the newest version addresses the bug in the app and states the issue has been fixed).
5. Room Planner: Design for IKEA
Ever wondered how that new IKEA product you’ve been eyeing might look in a space? With Room Planner, you can try before you buy in a virtual room that’s drawn to scale, once you’ve set your room’s size and shape in this app’s 2D mode. Take that level of personalization a step further in the 3D mode, where you can upload a picture of your own walls to use as a backdrop if you’d like. Of course, there are other furnishings (not from IKEA) available to play around with in the app, and you can start a room from scratch or build upon a bunch of communal user-generated rooms, using them as templates. The standard version of this app is free of charge.
Full disclosure: This room design app gamifies the process of room planning with virtual coins, levels, leaderboards, and special badge rewards for design challenge participation. All that aside, the e-design features are pretty decent, even if you aren’t looking to engage socially or compete in this space. Create a virtual room using a template or “tweak” your real-life room using augmented reality (though you do have to pay a small fee to use this feature). You can also just browse around other people’s rooms and boards to search for inspiration and real-life furnishings that you can order online.
FOR CREATING A FLOOR PLAN
Some room design apps are great for styling a room, while others work well for figuring out what floor plan will work best for you. If you’re in the beginning stages of building a home, or considering a major floor plan revamp, be sure to check out these room design apps and sites.
This interior design website boasts one of the easiest user interfaces we’ve come across yet. You’re ready to get started just as soon as the site loads, with lots of pre-set room sizes to choose from, or you can draw your own room if you’d prefer. Then, add doors, windows and other features to create the exact specifications of the room you’re hoping to style.
MagicPlan for iOS and now for Android is a free room design app (in-app purchase prices vary widely depending on level of service you’re looking for) that lets users create floor plans based on their photos. According to the product description, there is “no need to measure or draw.” So it’s a good option for users who have minimal experience creating floor plans. While not as detailed in terms of interiors as other apps, it is highly effective for quickly planning layouts.
Room Scan Pro for iOS ($4.99) “draws floor plans by itself.” Users simply hold a phone up to a wall which scans the circumference of a room (a voice-activated prompt states “hold against wall until you hear a beep”). Reviews note there is a bit of a learning curve to using this room design app but also praise its effectiveness in accurate floor plan creation. Check out the video tutorial to see the app in action.
Floor Plan Creator for Android is free (in-app purchases $1-7 per product) and allows users to create detailed floor plans in 3D. Reviews praise the app’s usefulness when furniture shopping to gauge whether potential furniture will fit in the context of your specific room’s dimensions.
Available for both Android and Apple users, the room design app Planner 5D gives you the ability to sketch up HD renderings for your dream room or whole house. Choose from over 4000 furnishings to deck out your spaces, but keep in mind that the more premium items are only available via in-app purchase. “Daily rewards” do allow you to unlock additional free items as well.