Room planning tools are essential to use if you’re thinking about redesigning a room in your home or apartment and want to alter the layout. Interior design room planning tools help you figure out whether your ideas will really work and if everything will fit in well, something that many people find hard to do just by looking at a room in person. Space planning in interior design is particularly important with rooms such as bathrooms or kitchens, when you’re considering totally re-arranging the existing layout.
One of the best ways of seeing whether or not your space planning ideas are actually viable, and to get an idea of how they might look, is to put together a proposed new layout of your room. If you don’t fancy drawing this all out on paper, then there are a wide variety of very useful free online room planning tools online, many of which are simple and easy to use. In fact, many interior design students and practitioners use these room designer tools in their work.
Some of the interior design room planning tools are useful for an initial play, to see how you could move key items around in a room and re-organize your space more effectively. But if you want to get a more accurate idea of how things could work in your particular room, you will need to take measurements and input these into the room planners. Don’t forget to also take into consideration where windows or doors are located and which way they open!
There are online room planning tools run by individual brands, which use examples of their own products to help you plan a room, plus generic room planner tools that guide you as to what size bath or sink you’ll require to meet your plans.
We successfully used one of the generic room planner tools to re-design our bathroom, completely altering the original layout. Using our measurements, it was very useful to see the maximum size of bath and shower unit that could fit in, whilst still giving enough space in the rest of the room. If you are altering a home and looking to add value to it for selling, then you also need a good estate agent. They can advise you on what would be best to do to a home and how to sell it. Sheldon Bosley Knight offers estate agents in Kenilworth and the surrounding areas.
Once you’ve produced your perfect room plan, you can usually save it, download it or print it out. If you’re employing a builder or contractor to do the work, then the room plan will be useful for them to get a better idea of what you’re looking for and find products that match the required sizes.
Online room planning design tools are ideal for those who have smaller spaces, or perhaps too much space, and need help bringing it all together. Using the dimensions of your home can help you to plan everything from the position of the chairs to the shutters for your windows. It is also a great way to work out if you can really fit that beautiful refurbed fireplace or not. Remember to save your creations, though!
10 free online room planning tools
Update: There’s more than 10 now, as we’ve found more useful room planning tools and added to our list!
RoomSketcher – The free floor planner and home design tool from RoomSketcher makes it easy to draw out and plan your room layouts, as well as get a more visual idea of how things could fit.
Floor Planner – Floor Planner offers a useful tool (the basic option is free) to create new floor plans and room layouts.
Plan Your Room – An easy-to-use online tool that will help you plan out the space you have available.
SketchUp – SketchUp is an interior design room planner that has both a free and paid version. It’s not the easiest option for beginners to start with, but they do have some free tutorials available and it’s useful for space planning in 3D.
Roomstyler 3D Home Planner – A free online room design tool that helps plan out different rooms in your home.
Sweet Home 3D – Free online interior design tool that allows you to create 2D plans and see previews in 3D. It’s available in a range of languages.
Autodesk Homestyler – Useful free drag and drop room planner tool that allows you to easily create floor plans, plus add decorating ideas too.
3Dream – A useful 3D room planner for all aspects of interior design and space planning.
BHG Arrange a Room – A useful tool that allows you to arrange a room and see how different configurations work. Great for helping you with effective space planning.
Bathstore – Free online 2D bathroom planning tool.
Ikea – Room planning tools from Ikea, including a kitchen planner.
Villeroy & Boch – A useful online 3d room planner tool, plus professional templates that you can use to inspire you.
B&Q – B&Q have several free room planning tools on their website, including a bathroom planner, kitchen planner and room designer tool.
Homebase – Homebase have a free room planner tool, plus various useful tools to help you calculate how much paint, wallpaper, tiles or flooring you’ll need to create an interior design project.
Magnet – Online kitchen planner tool that helps you create a 3D model of a kitchen.
Useful mobile room planning apps
If you’d prefer to have a go at room and space planning using an app on your phone or tablet, then here are some tools to try.
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