Any free floor plan creators?

Old 03-05-21, 03:35 PM
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Question Any free floor plan creators?

We desperately need storage space in every room of our home, which is quite small to begin with, but I've come up with a number of ideas. Such as adding floor cabinets and/or medicine cabinets in one or more bathrooms.

The problem is, I need to know how much floor/wall space I have to work with, but I'm more of a visual person. So I've collected many floor/wall measurements, which I can't find a way to organize, but also don't help me visualize the space. However, I think a floor plan could be the perfect solution!

Unfortunately, every app/software/website I've found has to be purchased, which will likely never be used again, and is an expense I can't afford.

Does anyone know of an app/software/website where I can create a floor plan for free?

Thank you in advance to anyone who replies!
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Most free planners will have limitations and oddities, but if you get used to it you'll find workarounds. For example, many have limited furniture options... I've had to use a table to represent a treadmill, etc.

anyway... I designed both a 500 sq foot home addition and a kitchen remodel in roomsketcher. That was a couple years ago, so I'd assume/hope their software is even better now. They require a pro account for some features, but nothing I ever needed. I recently logged in and they still had all my design plans stored.

i also used Online Room Planner - Design Your Room recently for a quick mock up of a room. It was okay, less options but easy.

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SketchUp is free (with some paid upgrades) and does all sorts of 3D modeling too. Some people swear by it, and it has a lot of of tutorials and online support. I personally found it time-consuming to get proficient.

I haven't spent much time doing that type of layout recently, so I don't have anything else to recommend.

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I could never get SketchUp to work. I had to do an emergency fire exit plan for Foster Care Licensing and found a great trial for a floor plan software with emergency exit planning but it only lasted 1 week which was a bummer. I went back to graph paper and pencil, which actually I decided I love again, way simpler and easier to manipulate

years ago, when I was messing around and doing some interior design planning and remodel
planning for our house, I drew out my floor plan, cut it out, and laminated it. Then I drew and cut furniture, shelving, etc. and laminated that. I also made copies of everything with measurements, so that I could mess around with it all. I still have it somewhere (would have come in handy last month) and the kids loved playing with it too, and I used it to teach my oldest a little about planning and design. It made it easy for me to visualize my space and manipulate things without having to stare at a computer screen and fight with any software programs. And it only required supplies I already had around the house/could easily pick up. If you donít have a laminator, clear contact paper works great, too. Sometimes old school is just better.

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