Whether you’re a professional interior designer or decorator, a seasoned renovator or a first time DIYer, when taking on the task of designing or renovating a space, some things are the same. Regardless of who you are or whether you’re working on a bathroom, a kitchen, a bedroom a garage, or even a garden you want the job to go as smoothly as possible. And you want to be able to translate the ideas in your head – which, let’s face it, always seem pretty good when they are in your head – into reality with as few problems as possible.
In 2021, as with so many other things in our digital world, the best way to do that is by using one of the many room design apps available. The question is, which interior design app is the best for your particular job (and your particular level of expertise).
What makes a good room design app?
A good room design app is easy to use, reliable, and accurate. And, of course they are affordable. The good news here is that most are available, at least in their most basic versions, for free. Those more familiar with architecture who wish to access advanced functionality generally have to pay for the privilege.
Room design apps are not exactly new. The first appeared back in 2011 when Home Design 3D was released on iOS. Since then, they have grown significantly in popularity to the extent that the public is spoilt for choice. With that in mind, here is a selection of the best room design apps on the market. Room planner ikea is not the only option.
Seven of the best room design apps
1. Roomscan Pro
Launched in 2012, RoomScan Pro room design app provides users with three different methods to produce a floor plan: they can draw the plan themselves, draw it with the assistance of the camera, or simply hold the device against a wall until they hear a beep. The app then scans the room and produces the finished drawing as well as a 3D model. An efficient organiser, Roomscan Pro software is suitable to use on all types of rooms and even for outdoor areas and gardens.
Click here to download RoomScan Pro.
An app intended to allow users to visualise their ideas in 3D before committing to them, Homebyme room design app allows you to go a step further and incorporate actual products (furniture, fittings, etc.) in your plan. It works by simply allowing brands to add these products to the Homebyme catalogue. The benefit is of this is that, over time, the catalogue has become very large and provided plenty of scope for ideas. In terms of functionality, it allows you to switch between 2D and 3D representations as you wish.
Click here to download Homebyme
Though it is aimed at experienced or professional users, Smartdraw room design app is simple enough for DIYers to also use. It includes hundreds of templates and examples to get you started and a planning/drawing tool that is intended specifically for interior design. Further features of this software include a large symbol library that makes it simple to represent furniture, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, lighting, cabinets, and so forth; easy formatting which means it is simple for anybody, whether professional or first-timer, to use effectively; and an intuitive interface, which makes it a great bedroom planner.
Click here to download Smartdraw
Havenly room design app allows users to look through designs already finished by interior designers for inspiration and then helps them complete their own layout. Then it allows them to chat live with designers to help further organise their thoughts and complete their design. Then to finish it off, they can look for their own furnishings and purchase them – all in the one app.
Click here to download Havenly
5. Planner 5D
Featuring a large ideas library along with a range of more than 4,000 furnishings to choose from, Planner 5D room design app allows uses to create a high-definition floor plan for single rooms or their whole house. It includes various settings depending on experience and level of difficulty and also allows users to post their draft plans to social media for comment and assessment by family and friends. Features include simple adjustment of materials, floor size and shape, and colours; and the ability to move between 2D and 3D views at will. In short, this room planner is excellent for any type of renovation.
Click here to download Planner 5D
Magicplan room designer app allows users to measure rooms and create an accurate floor plan using your device’s camera along with its internal gyroscope. In other words, regardless of whether you are using an Iphone or an Android, it allows you to take a picture of a room and design it. As such, speed is one of its major attractions. In addition, the app includes plenty of templates, furnishings to use in your design and similar information. Another benefit is that there are several high-quality video tutorials to help bring new comers up to speed before using the Magicplan online app, so they will be able to design a room in no time.
Click here to download Magicplan
7. Home Design 3D
Suitable for people of all levels of expertise and experience, Home Design 3D online room designer app is user-friendly, intuitive, and easy to setup. It is all you need to create a floor plan, design your own room, and furnish your home with style.
Click here to download Home Design 3D