When it comes to projecting the interior design of a new office or the layout of a waiting room many people turn to the professional advice of an architect or interior designer. After all, given the amount of resources needed to create a stunning décor, this is probably the most logical thing to do. But, what if you have a sparkling imagination and want to design the layout of your rooms and the surroundings of your office by yourself? Do you really have to be an AutoCAD expert?
Fortunately, no! Online, there are myriads of free design/layout tools you can use to create the layout of your dreams. This free online software requires minimal training and easy to use interfaces. In no time, you will be able to create simple and 3D programs. But what are the best free design/layout tools available online? Here is a list of the most popular and easy to use tools, so keep reading to find out which are the most intuitive software that will help you add value to all your spaces.
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SketchUp is an intuitive online floor design tool that enables users to create custom 3D layouts in a jiff. SketchUp has a vast 3D inventory, which is great for creating a desired look. The layout building commands are easy to use, while the office furniture and break room appliances symbols can be customized to perfectly fit your model. For these reasons, with a little practice, you will be able to design floor layouts like a pro.
SketchUp is free for personal use while the commercial customers will have to purchase a license. However, the multitude of options this software offers makes it one of the best on the market. The software will let you create 3D floor plans, 2D drawings and customize every layout until you achieve the desired design. In addition, the Pro version of the tool will even allow you to export the drawing files in PDF, CAD or image files for further convenience. For advanced users, the Podium plugin can be installed to SketchUp to create amazing photo realistic floor plans.
HomeStyler is high on the list of outstanding free 3D programs. It is highly accessible and perfect for a beginner designer. The neat thing about HomeStyler is it’s totally online and can be used without registration. The program is also equipped with a plethora of design elements (doors, windows and flooring) and the ability to drag, drop and resize items. In addition to the 3D viewer, HomeStyler can create precise 2D mockups and allows you to import waiting room furniture and other accents from their 3D catalog into the floorplan.
3. Planner 5D
Planner 5D is the one of the most intuitive floor design tools available online, Planner 5D is probably the most extensive. In fact, Planner 5D will not only allow you to create almost any interior layout you might think of but it will also allow you to create 2D and 3D floor plans for homes, bars, offices or outdoor additions. These features make Planner 5D one of the most complete free online layout tools available. To meet the needs of all users, Planner 5D is also available for Android, OS X, and iOS systems.
In addition to the features highlighted above, Planner 5D also has a vast database of design ideas, including garages, storage spaces and an option to transform your layouts into hyper-realistic HD 3D renders. The downside to this program is the extended catalog requires an investment of $9.99 for 30 day to $29.99 for unlimited access.
4. Planning Wiz Room Planner 3D
Another excellent tool that offers a bunch of ready-to-use 3D models and many interesting features is Room Planner 3D from Planning Wiz.
As soon as you arrive on the tool’s website you will be able to choose if you want to start your plan from scratch or with a room of the desired dimensions. If you need a little help, you can even start from a pre-designed template or upload the image of an office floor plan you want to use.
The tool is one of the most complete free design tools available on the web, but you will need to get familiar with it before designing the reception area layout of your dreams.
5. Ikea Planner Tools
Ikea brand is famous worldwide for its convenient interior design solutions and for its practical furniture. What is probably less known is the fact that Ikea has a series of layout planner tools that will help you create the design of your dreams using the Ikea storage solutions.
There are 5 different planners, each of them developed specifically for a determined type of space.
- 3D Kitchen Planner, as its name suggests, can be used to design the perfect layout of your kitchen.
- BESTÅ Storage Planner is a tool developed to create living room layouts and designs.
- Children’s Storage Planner will allow you to choose the most convenient furniture solutions for your child’s room.
- 3D PAX Wardrobe Planner is a tool dedicated to the creation of functional and stylish wardrobe layouts.
- Office Planner is dedicated to the corporate or commercial customers that want to find the best office layout.
As you can easily imagine, listed above are only a few of the free design/layout tools available online. Depending on your skills and objective, you will surely be able to find the perfect software that will allow you to create the perfect design for your office space. Whether, you want to design a new lobby space or looking to refresh an existing floor plan, these options are easy to use and will not be a burden on your coin purse.