I am always on the lookout for good deals on furniture, lighting, and decor. You never know when you’ll cross paths with the perfect item! Sometimes, however, I’ll find something that I’m just not sure will fit in my space. Trust me, bringing home a gorgeous hand knotted area rug only to find that it is much too small for the room is a tragedy. But it’s avoidable!
Putting together a working floor plan of your entire home is a great way to make sure that the things you find when you’re out and about will actually work in your space. They can also save you a sore back from rearranging furniture ten different ways! Sure, you could hire an interior designer to create professional room layouts, but that cost adds up quickly. Also, you can’t very well tote that floor plan to the local flea market with you. Fortunately, there are several iPhone and Android apps that do the work for you! Some are even free. Here are a few great options:
Floor Plan Apps
Magic Plan for iPhone and Android allows you to create a detailed floor plan simply by snapping photos of your room. Designed for construction professionals, it’s a great tool to use to map out your home’s layout. The app is free on both platforms, but does offer in-app purchases.
Room Scan Pro is only available for iPhone, but it’s a really neat concept. The app will provide prompts to hold your phone against a wall, scan the room, and then create a floor plan from that scan. It seems a little tricky to use at first, but once folks get the hang of it, they seem to love it. It’s $4.99 in the app store.
Online Floor Plan Builders
If you’d like to create a floor plan of your home, but want the convenience of a larger computer monitor, try Home By Me. It’s a completely online floor plan and design creator that also allows you to see your designs in super-realistic 3D renderings. Enter your dimensions, add flooring and finishes, and choose from thousands of furniture options. Once you’ve completed your designs, you can share them with contractors, architects, decorators, and friends. It’s pretty neat, and I can imagine getting really into this method.