Interior designers can be helpful but the convenience and value-added services often come with a hefty price tag. If you are one who is handy with devices, have a pretty good design sense and you’re looking to slash your renovation bill by a fair bit, then this post is for you. Here are three solid apps available on Google Play and/or App Store right now that can turn almost anyone into an interior designer while saving time and money on your upcoming renovation project.
1. Planner 5D
Planner 5D enables anyone to create beautiful and realistic interior and exterior designs in 2D and 3D modes. This app can help you design an entire home but it is a great app to help plan and furnish a kitchen. The free version of this app comes with a catalogue of only 150 items however you can unlock other items by watching free video ads or paying to unlock the entire 3000 item catalogue.
The app, available on both Google Play and Apple App Store, makes it easy to create a floor plan of your existing kitchen. You can then position and change the size and texture of any object including customizable furniture and accessories. Uniquely with this app, you can see what your design would look like in real life with the Virtual Reality mode. When your kitchen design is complete, you can put your smartphone into Google Cardboard or other Virtual Reality headset and explore your creation as it would look in reality. You can apply hundreds of textures and colors in different combinations. Simply drag and drop items until you are happy with the overall look of your design. With over six million Planner 5D users worldwide, this app is well worth trying for anyone looking to redesign their kitchen.
2. Kitchen Design / Planner
This useful app is also from Planner 5D and lets you create stunning and realistic kitchen interior designs. A key advantage of this app is that it works in offline mode as well. You can walk through your interior design and get a view from any angle in 3D mode. Either by creating floor plans of your own or by building on a project from an existing gallery, you can create a realistic version of your existing kitchen space. Onto this floor plan, you can position and customize hundreds of items in a wide variety of textures and different color combinations. Search for Kitchen Design on Google Play, or Kitchen Planner on the App Store.
3. Floor Plan Creator
This Android app lets anyone create detailed and precise floor plans so it is perfect for designing a kitchen. The main feature of this app is that it lets you add furniture to redesign the interior of your home. You can take the plan with you while you shop to check whether you have enough room for new furniture. Uniquely, you are not reliant on a catalogue of room shapes as you can free draw a room with the Samsung S-Pen, a mouse or via touch.
One handy paid feature of this app is the cloud synchronization function. This feature automatically backup your plans between your devices. This is perfect if you are designing your kitchen with a partner or spouse. Sharing your plans can help you coordinate purchases with other people while ensuring that the room meets your original specifications.
With a smartphone and a clear idea of your dream kitchen or home, these three apps could help you design your ideal kitchen or home without paying an arm and leg for an interior designer. If you own a virtual reality headset such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, the ability to experience your future kitchen in the virtual world is priceless.
And when you are satisfied with your design, you can then approach a trusted renovation contractor (hint : contact us!) who will turn your ideas into reality while helping you achieve substantial savings on your renovation project.