After searching and searching, I found my newest, most favorite tool on the web. For anyone planning out a new space, reconfiguring a remodel, or simply inspired to move furniture around, I recommend checking out floorplanner.com.
This FREE online resource is super easy to learn to navigate. After only a couple of hours, I have a nearly complete draft floorplan of my ground floor.
I’ve been using graph paper, pencil and ruler for the past week, trying to accurately draw out the first floor so that Ayesh and I can really start to get down to the business of designing our kitchen, determining furniture placement (and thus junction boxes for the dining room chandelier, for instance), and figuring out electrical wiring needs. I’ve used Better Homes & Gardens’ Arrange-A-Room tool before, also FREE, and although it is a good tool for very simple furniture arranging, it does have limitations in terms of multi-room design and customization.
Alternatively, there are so many great things about the floorplanner tool. You can split walls, create arches, insert any number of different kinds of windows and doors, as well as stairway configurations, and this is the first tool I’ve found where you can design in 2D and then view your plan in 3D from a whole 360 degree of angles.
I also love that I can customize many of the finishes for the pieces that I select and insert into the basic frame. For example, Ayesh and I are considering a white-washed hard wood floor look. I was able to select a wide-plank hardwood and customize the color to a look close to one we are thinking would look cool. Additionally, knowing that we already have a number of pieces of furniture, I plugged in the dimensions for several of those (like the couch, seen below) and was able to place it for a relatively accurate sense of what the space would look and feel like.
You can also adjust the elevation for pieces, like a wall-mounted television, for example, or kitchen upper cabinets (which I’m still figuring out exactly how to create) and the television, which we want to mount to the wall opposite the couch.
So much fun!