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Floor plans provide an aerial, scaled-down illustration of a space.

They can be comprehensive, like a house blueprint, showing all interior and exterior space, or granular, like an apartment floor plan, visualizing how a space might looking once it’s finished and furnished.

Floor plans are usually drafted by architects and used by builders and contractors, interior designers and real for 1 last update 2020/06/07 estate agents.Floor plans are usually drafted by architects and used by builders and contractors, interior designers and real estate agents.

The purpose of a floor plan is to give a representation of how a space is set up in terms of fixtures, dimensions and spatial relationships. They help people understand whether areas are suited for their intended purpose. For example, shared office workspace planners must take into consideration both functionality and inspiration to get ahead of the competition by offering tangible, desirable coworking space benefits.

As you can imagine, creating floor plans can be laborious.

Enter: Floor for 1 last update 2020/06/07 plan software.Enter: Floor plan software.

Floor plan software has myriad uses, including office space planning, facility plant floor planning, and venue management planning. Even parking lots benefit from floor planning!

(This post will focus specifically on architectural and real estate design planning. Software that facilitates warehouse and equipment floor planning is a different topic.)

Happily, free floor plan solutions exist. Some are bundled within comprehensive CAD software solutions while some are add-ons or standalone tools.

What is the best free floor plan software in 2020?

  1. SketchUp
  2. AutoCAD Architecture
  3. Civil 3D
  4. AutoCAD LT
  5. SmartDraw
  6. Sweet Home 3D
  7. Draft it
  8. Floorplanner
  9. RoomSketcher
  10. PlanningWiz Floor Planner
  11. Roomle

The products listed above span multiple categories on G2. Categories sampled include: general-purpose CAD software, building design and building Information modeling (BIM) software, diagramming software, and real estate virtual tour software. The 11 products listed here have more than 100 validated user reviews on G2 as of Jan. 17, 2019. They represent a small portion of both the 22 sampled categories (and a whopping 2,900-plus reviews) and overall number of categories and user-generated reviews on our platform.

Products are ranked by number of reviews, then by satisfaction score, then alphabetically.

For each product we provide:

  • An overview
  • Highlighted features
  • Free and paid options details

For products with G2 verified user reviews, we have included:

  • G2 star rating
  • Reviews highlighting what users like and dislike
  • User recommendations for these considering the product

The list we’ve outlined here includes any CAD, BIM, architecture or construction solution with an available free offering. It should be noted that this does not include products that are only free on a temporary basis, such as limited trial versions for new users. They may only support one user or one project, but they’re truly free offerings. Scaling, however, will often require full investments.

1. SketchUp

Product Name: SketchUp Free
G2 Star Rating: 4.4 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 281

SketchUp is a user-friendly 3D design tool that is used for drafting and modeling,  designed to emulate the feel and freedom of working with pen and paper. All versions of SketchUp, including SketchUp Free, can be used in any industry that benefits from drawing and modeling applications. Therefore, SketchUp can be used in any stage of the construction design process by architects, designers, builders, and engineers.

Image courtesy of SketchUp

Free option:
  • SketchUp Free allows users to draw in 3D in a web browser.
Paid option:
  • SketchUp Pro costs $695 for an initial license. SketchUp Pro comes equipped with LayOut, a tool used to create, annotate, export and save SketchUp documentation.
Features:
  • 3D drawing and modeling
  • Supports import of reference images and documents
  • Light rendering
  • 3D object warehouse
  • 3D rendering
  • Integration with Trimble Connect

What users like:

“SketchUp has been a wonderful platform to project architectural and interior design ideas in. It is so easy to use and easy to learn. If there is a tool or something that I don''t like the quality of rendering in SketchUp. It makes it difficult to use when trying to create a final presentation, which forced us to buy a plug-in.”
SketchUp review by Emily S.

 

Recommendations to others considering the product:

“Highly recommend to beginners and even pros. It is a cheap way to design in 3D if you cannot afford other products. I would like to recommend to add more help videos on the features and how to do steps.”
SketchUp review by Mark E.


2. AutoCAD Architecture

Product Name: AutoCAD Architecture
G2 Star Rating: 4.1 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 121

AutoCAD Architecture adds to the features of AutoCAD a toolset that’s tailored to the needs of an architect. It leverages AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) objects (that is, walls, doors, and windows) as design elements and uses those symbols to create realistic and spatially aware, three-dimensional floor plans.

Image courtesy of AutoDesk

Free option:
  • The student version of AutoCAD Architecture is free for students and educators for three years.
Paid option:
Because AutoCAD Architecture is a toolset bundled within AutoCAD, the pricing structure reflects the one for AutoCAD. AutoCAD’s license can either be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription. Pro and Business plans include pay per user per month, unlimited projects and unlimited sheets
  • Monthly: $195
  • One year: $1,575
  • Two years: $3,150
  • Three years: $4,725
Features:
  • Drawing documentation and annotation
  • Styles browser and tool palettes
  • Object database
  • Renovation mode
  • AEC object styles
  • Supports import of Revit grids

What users like:

“The final output for most users for 1 last update 2020/06/07 of this software is going to be constructing documents for building projects. What I like the best about AutoCAD Architecture is its ability to let you draw using a multitude of tools, objects, blocks, and components. AutoCAD Architecture gives you the ability to draw using "" objects like lines and shapes or using "" objects like walls and windows that have information embedded in them, and pushes towards the BIM avenue of software. AutoCAD Architecture features a variety of import/export features and is very compatible with most other leading CAD software.”
AutoCAD Architecture review by a user in architecture & planning

 

What users dislike:

“I somewhat dislike not being to render a finished design product like in REVIT Architecture, and still having to import/export plans in and out of the program to achieve a well-rounded product for the client.”
AutoCAD Architecture review by Jack E.P.

 

Recommendations to others considering the product:

“For smaller projects and simple floor plans and diagrams, AutoCAD Architecture is a great product. However, for more complex, smarter projects, look into other 3D programs such as Revit Architecture.”
AutoCAD Architecture review by a user in architecture & planning


3. Civil 3D

Product Name: AutoDesk Civil 3D
G2 Star Rating: 4.2 out of 5.0 for 1 last update 2020/06/07 stars
Number of Reviews: 113Product Name: AutoDesk Civil 3D
G2 Star Rating: 4.2 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 113

Civil 3D from AutoDesk is a BIM solution designed for civil engineering design and construction companies, but its features can technically be used to create a 3D house plan. However, because Civil 3D provides users with a set of surveying and civil engineering tools,  house plans will most likely not produce the detailed floor plans that more granular design companies prefer.

Image courtesy of AutoDesk Civil 3D

Free option:
  • The student version of AutoDesk’s Civil 3D is free for students for three years.
Paid option:

Civil 3D’s license can either be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription

  • Monthly: $870
  • One year: $2,155
  • Two years: $4,310
  • Three years: $6,465
Features:
  • Elevation surveying and analysis
  • Property type labeling
  • Construction drafting and annotation
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Integration with Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD and AutoDesk products

What users like:

“As far as I know, it is one of the best software for drawings. It helps structural engineers and architects point out specific details [in] layouts and plans. [Helps deliver] more design alternatives in less time.”
Civil 3D review by a user in civil engineering

 

What users dislike:

“Everything is driven by styles, so it takes a long time to dig in deep to get the content and data to display correctly.”
Civil 3D review by Eric D.

 

Recommendations to others considering the product:

“I am creating floor plans for hotels, libraries, and schools. I''s the beauty of it; if you can’t get certain things in one software, you can get it in another and transfer it.”
Civil 3D review by Saad S.


4. AutoCAD LT

Product Name: AutoCAD LT
G2 Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 105Product Name: AutoCAD LT
G2 Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 105

AutoCAD LT is a 2D CAD drafting and documentation software that can be used on either a Windows or Mac operating system. Essentially, AutoCAD LT is the 2D version of AutoCAD, a stripped-down version with a lower price tag. However, AutoCAD LT still fulfills the technical diagramming and drafting needs of contractors and construction companies.

Image courtesy of AutoCAD LT

Free option:
  • The student version of AutoCAD LT is free for students for three years.
Paid option:

AutoCAD LT’s license can either for 1 last update 2020/06/07 be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription.AutoCAD LT’s license can either be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription.

  • Monthly: $50
  • One year: $390
  • Two years: $780
  • Three years: $1,170
Features:
  • 2D drawing, documentation, and annotation
  • Intelligent dimensioning
  • Integrates with AutoCAD’s catalog of products
  • Publishes to web browser for sharing
  • Web and mobile applications
  • Supports import of a variety of PDF formats
  • Technical support

What users like:

“As always, this product is a must for anyone who is in an industry that requires planning and design for building structures, construction, and things of that nature. It is easy to use and offers a lot of features, some of which I haven''re making complex designs and floor plans.”
AutoCAD LT review by Sheilla C.

 

What users dislike:

“I think the hatch feature needs some tweaking. Often times the program won''t meet up when in fact they do.”
AutoCAD LT review by Jennifer B.

 

Recommendations to others considering the product:

“If you''t take long to learn. It is a product that can be used by a person beginning in CAD systems to do simple drawings and learn to draw simple floor plans … The product has useful help features and a good library of furnishings to show in the floor plan to help indicate size or scale.”
SmartDraw review by a user

 

What users dislike:

“There really isn''t do spell check and how hard it is to find icons.”
SmartDraw review by a user in nonprofit organization management

 

Recommendations to others considering the product:

“Look at your use cases carefully. Do you do detailed flow charting? Visio is better. Do you do project planning with interdependencies? Project is better. Do you need to do a lot of quick and simple diagrams or mind maps? Then this tool can work for you.”
SmartDraw review by a user in information technology and services


6. Sweet Home 3D

Product Name: Sweet Home 3D
G2 Star Rating: 3.9 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 10

Sweet Home 3D is an open-source interior design application that can either be downloaded or used in a web browser. As its name implies, it allows users to view the finished 2D floor plans in 3D for context and presentation. Sweet Home 3D is designed to be used by non-professionals. The program runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Image for 1 last update 2020/06/07 courtesy of SweetHome 3DImage courtesy of SweetHome 3D

Free option:
  • The entire Sweet Home 3D software can either be downloaded or accessed in a web browser.
Paid option:
  • Because Sweet Home 3D is an open-source tool, there is no paid option available.
Features:
  • 2D design, 3D view
  • Drawing tools with precise dimensions
  • Measurements of fixtures like doors and windows
  • Furniture catalog
  • Floor plan annotation
  • Blueprint import
  • Integration with Java plug-ins

What users like:

“There are many good things about this software: it has thousands of models to create 3D interior models, is very easy to use, [and] the interface runs so smoothly. It is very light, but the graphics can be great. There is [a] browser version [that] runs very smoothly too. It has very good performance, and doesn''re willing to pay for them.”
Draft it review by Corinne H.


8. Floorplanner

Product Name: Floorplanner
G2 Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 1

Floorplanner makes it easy to create floor plans in 2D and 3D and then share interactive versions of those floor plans online. Floorplanner comes equipped with an “auto-furnish” feature that lets you easily decorate rooms within your floor plan. Floorplanner’s completed floor plans look professional and polished, ready for presentation.

Image courtesy of Floorplanner

Free option:
  • Floorplanner’s free, web-based option supports one project, and is intended for casual use. (Paying users of Floorplanner can also leverage the free version, which exists as training module within paid versions.) If the user begins work on other projects that require the use of Floorplanner, they can pay an additional $4.99/project fee. The free plan includes the attachment of photos and videos to enrich completed floor plans as well as access to the Floorplanner iOS mobile application.
Paid option:
  • “Plus” option costs $14.95 per year and supports five projects and 20 3D renderings per year. Extra projects cost $2.99 per project. The “Plus” option allows users to export the floor plans in high-resolution orin a variety of PDF scales, and make them interactive.
  • “Pro” option costs $29 per month and supports 15 projects per month and an unlimited number of 3D renderings. Extra projects cost $1.99 per project. The “Pro” option builds on top of the “Plus” options and allows company branding as well as multiple seat access.
Features:
  • Drawing tool
  • Furniture image library
  • Interactive floor plan in 2D and 3D
  • 3D, 360-degree panorama, and VR walkthroughs
  • Photorealistic rendering

What users like:

“FloorPlanner is a great tool for quick, easy designs with lots of features. Its apps in Google Chrome and iPad are a great addition to the web tool. The drag and drop function in the design view is amazing. The navigation between design features, floors, and view options are a big plus.”
Floorplanner review by Margie A.

 

What users dislike:

“New features, like the new dashboard, need more attention; it''t quite work all the time.”
Floorplanner review by Margie A.


9. RoomSketcher

Product Name: RoomSketcher (formerly RoomSketcher Home Designer)
G2 Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 1

RoomSketcher (formerly RoomSketcher Home Designer) design application allows users to create floor plans and home designs in 3D. Both professionals and individuals can use RoomSketcher’s floor plans, 360-degree view photos, and interactive 3D walkthroughs. RoomSketcher users can rely on floor plans that come equipped with accurate measurements, render those plans in 3D and panorama, and even customize the finished home design with custom colors and textures.

Image courtesy the 1 last update 2020/06/07 of RoomSketcherImage courtesy of RoomSketcher

Free option:
  • RoomSketcher''s senior research analyst for a slew of vertical categories, currently focusing on the trends, impact, and evolution of the healthtech, medtech, agtech, propertytech, and construction spaces. Prior to joining G2, she worked in the nonprofit sector in a copywriting and customer service capacity, and contributed to a handful of online entertainment and pop culture publications. G2 allows her to continue investing in her passion for digging into the nuances of consumer-focused, legacy industries to offer digestible, relatable insight to those same consumers.

    Floor plans provide an aerial, scaled-down illustration of a space.

    They can be comprehensive, like a house blueprint, showing all interior and exterior space, or granular, like an apartment floor plan, visualizing how a space might looking once it’s finished and furnished.

    Floor plans are usually drafted by architects and used by builders and contractors, interior designers and real for 1 last update 2020/06/07 estate agents.Floor plans are usually drafted by architects and used by builders and contractors, interior designers and real estate agents.

    The purpose of a floor plan is to give a representation of how a space is set up in terms of fixtures, dimensions and spatial relationships. They help people understand whether areas are suited for their intended purpose. For example, shared office workspace planners must take into consideration both functionality and inspiration to get ahead of the competition by offering tangible, desirable coworking space benefits.

    As you can imagine, creating floor plans can be laborious.

    Enter: Floor for 1 last update 2020/06/07 plan software.Enter: Floor plan software.

    Floor plan software has myriad uses, including office space planning, facility plant floor planning, and venue management planning. Even parking lots benefit from floor planning!

    (This post will focus specifically on architectural and real estate design planning. Software that facilitates warehouse and equipment floor planning is a different topic.)

    Happily, free floor plan solutions exist. Some are bundled within comprehensive CAD software solutions while some are add-ons or standalone tools.

    What is the best free floor plan software in 2020?

    1. SketchUp
    2. AutoCAD Architecture
    3. Civil 3D
    4. AutoCAD LT
    5. SmartDraw
    6. Sweet Home 3D
    7. Draft it
    8. Floorplanner
    9. RoomSketcher
    10. PlanningWiz Floor Planner
    11. Roomle

    The products listed above span multiple categories on G2. Categories sampled include: general-purpose CAD software, building design and building Information modeling (BIM) software, diagramming software, and real estate virtual tour software. The 11 products listed here have more than 100 validated user reviews on G2 as of Jan. 17, 2019. They represent a small portion of both the 22 sampled categories (and a whopping 2,900-plus reviews) and overall number of categories and user-generated reviews on our platform.

    Products are ranked by number of reviews, then by satisfaction score, then alphabetically.

    For each product we provide:

    • An overview
    • Highlighted features
    • Free and paid options details

    For products with G2 verified user reviews, we have included:

    • G2 star rating
    • Reviews highlighting what users like and dislike
    • User recommendations for these considering the product

    The list we’ve outlined here includes any CAD, BIM, architecture or construction solution with an available free offering. It should be noted that this does not include products that are only free on a temporary basis, such as limited trial versions for new users. They may only support one user or one project, but they’re truly free offerings. Scaling, however, will often require full investments.

    1. SketchUp

    Product Name: SketchUp Free
    G2 Star Rating: 4.4 out of 5.0 stars
    Number of Reviews: 281

    SketchUp is a user-friendly 3D design tool that is used for drafting and modeling,  designed to emulate the feel and freedom of working with pen and paper. All versions of SketchUp, including SketchUp Free, can be used in any industry that benefits from drawing and modeling applications. Therefore, SketchUp can be used in any stage of the construction design process by architects, designers, builders, and engineers.

    Image courtesy of SketchUp

    Free option:
    • SketchUp Free allows users to draw in 3D in a web browser.
    Paid option:
    • SketchUp Pro costs $695 for an initial license. SketchUp Pro comes equipped with LayOut, a tool used to create, annotate, export and save SketchUp documentation.
    Features:
    • 3D drawing and modeling
    • Supports import of reference images and documents
    • Light rendering
    • 3D object warehouse
    • 3D rendering
    • Integration with Trimble Connect

    What users like:

    “SketchUp has been a wonderful platform to project architectural and interior design ideas in. It is so easy to use and easy to learn. If there is a tool or something that I don''t like the quality of rendering in SketchUp. It makes it difficult to use when trying to create a final presentation, which forced us to buy a plug-in.”
    SketchUp review by Emily S.

     

    Recommendations to others considering the product:

    “Highly recommend to beginners and even pros. It is a cheap way to design in 3D if you cannot afford other products. I would like to recommend to add more help videos on the features and how to do steps.”
    SketchUp review by Mark E.


    2. AutoCAD Architecture

    Product Name: AutoCAD Architecture
    G2 Star Rating: 4.1 out of 5.0 stars
    Number of Reviews: 121

    AutoCAD Architecture adds to the features of AutoCAD a toolset that’s tailored to the needs of an architect. It leverages AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) objects (that is, walls, doors, and windows) as design elements and uses those symbols to create realistic and spatially aware, three-dimensional floor plans.

    Image courtesy of AutoDesk

    Free option:
    • The student version of AutoCAD Architecture is free for students and educators for three years.
    Paid option:
    Because AutoCAD Architecture is a toolset bundled within AutoCAD, the pricing structure reflects the one for AutoCAD. AutoCAD’s license can either be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription. Pro and Business plans include pay per user per month, unlimited projects and unlimited sheets
    • Monthly: $195
    • One year: $1,575
    • Two years: $3,150
    • Three years: $4,725
    Features:
    • Drawing documentation and annotation
    • Styles browser and tool palettes
    • Object database
    • Renovation mode
    • AEC object styles
    • Supports import of Revit grids

    What users like:

    “The final output for most users of this software is going to be constructing documents for building projects. What I like the best about AutoCAD Architecture is its ability to let you draw using a multitude of tools, objects, blocks, and components. AutoCAD Architecture gives you the ability to draw using "" objects like lines and shapes or using "" objects like walls and windows that have information embedded in them, and pushes towards the BIM avenue of software. AutoCAD Architecture features a variety of import/export features and is very compatible with most other leading CAD software.”
    AutoCAD Architecture review by a user in architecture & planning

     

    What users dislike:

    “I somewhat dislike not being to render a finished design product like in REVIT Architecture, and still having to import/export plans in and out of the program to achieve a well-rounded product for the client.”
    AutoCAD Architecture review by Jack E.P.

     

    Recommendations to others considering the product:

    “For smaller projects and simple floor plans and diagrams, AutoCAD Architecture is a great product. However, for more complex, smarter projects, look into other 3D programs such as Revit Architecture.”
    AutoCAD Architecture review by a user in architecture & planning


    3. Civil 3D

    Product Name: AutoDesk Civil 3D
    G2 Star Rating: 4.2 out of 5.0 for 1 last update 2020/06/07 stars
    Number of Reviews: 113Product Name: AutoDesk Civil 3D
    G2 Star Rating: 4.2 out of 5.0 stars
    Number of Reviews: 113

    Civil 3D from AutoDesk is a BIM solution designed for civil engineering design and construction companies, but its features can technically be used to create a 3D house plan. However, because Civil 3D provides users with a set of surveying and civil engineering tools,  house plans will most likely not produce the detailed floor plans that more granular design companies prefer.

    Image courtesy of AutoDesk Civil 3D

    Free option:
    • The student version of AutoDesk’s Civil 3D is free for students for three years.
    Paid option:

    Civil 3D’s license can either be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription

    • Monthly: $870
    • One year: $2,155
    • Two years: $4,310
    • Three years: $6,465
    Features:
    • Elevation surveying and analysis
    • Property type labeling
    • Construction drafting and annotation
    • Geospatial analysis
    • Integration with Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD and AutoDesk products

    What users like:

    “As far as I know, it is one of the best software for drawings. It helps structural engineers and architects point out specific details [in] layouts and plans. [Helps deliver] more design alternatives in less time.”
    Civil 3D review by a user in civil engineering

     

    What users dislike:

    “Everything is driven by styles, so it takes a long time to dig in deep to get the content and data to display correctly.”
    Civil 3D review by Eric D.

     

    Recommendations to others considering the product:

    “I am creating floor plans for hotels, libraries, and schools. I''s the beauty of it; if you can’t get certain things in one software, you can get it in another and transfer it.”
    Civil 3D review by Saad S.


    4. AutoCAD LT

    Product Name: AutoCAD LT
    G2 Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
    Number of Reviews: 105Product Name: AutoCAD LT
    G2 Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
    Number of Reviews: 105

    AutoCAD LT is a 2D CAD drafting and documentation software that can be used on either a Windows or Mac operating system. Essentially, AutoCAD LT is the 2D version of AutoCAD, a stripped-down version with a lower price tag. However, AutoCAD LT still fulfills the technical diagramming and drafting needs of contractors and construction companies.

    Image courtesy of AutoCAD LT

    Free option:
    • The student version of AutoCAD LT is free for students for three years.
    Paid option:

    AutoCAD LT’s license can either for 1 last update 2020/06/07 be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription.AutoCAD LT’s license can either be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription.

    • Monthly: $50
    • One year: $390
    • Two years: $780
    • Three years: $1,170
    Features:
    • 2D drawing, documentation, and annotation
    • Intelligent dimensioning
    • Integrates with AutoCAD’s catalog of products
    • Publishes to web browser for sharing
    • Web and mobile applications
    • Supports import of a variety of PDF formats
    • Technical support

    What users like:

    “As always, this product is a must for anyone who is in an industry that requires planning and design for building structures, construction, and things of that nature. It is easy to use and offers a lot of features, some of which I haven''re making complex designs and floor plans.”
    AutoCAD LT review by Sheilla C.

     

    What users dislike:

    “I think the hatch feature needs some tweaking. Often times the program won''t meet up when in fact they do.”
    AutoCAD LT review by Jennifer B.

     

    Recommendations to others considering the product:

    “If you''t take long to learn. It is a product that can be used by a person beginning in CAD systems to do simple drawings and learn to draw simple floor plans … The product has useful help features and a good library of furnishings to show in the floor plan to help indicate size or scale.”
    SmartDraw review by a user

     

    What users dislike:

    “There really isn''t do spell check and how hard it is to find icons.”
    SmartDraw review by a user in nonprofit organization management

     

    Recommendations to others considering the product:

    “Look at your use cases carefully. Do you do detailed flow charting? Visio is better. Do you do project planning with interdependencies? Project is better. Do you need to do a lot of quick and simple diagrams or mind maps? Then this tool can work for you.”
    SmartDraw review by a user in information technology and services


    6. Sweet Home 3D

    Product Name: Sweet Home 3D
    G2 Star Rating: 3.9 out of 5.0 stars
    Number of Reviews: 10

    Sweet Home 3D is an open-source interior design application that can either be downloaded or used in a web browser. As its name implies, it allows users to view the finished 2D floor plans in 3D for context and presentation. Sweet Home 3D is designed to be used by non-professionals. The program runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

    Image for 1 last update 2020/06/07 courtesy of SweetHome 3DImage courtesy of SweetHome 3D

    Free option:
    • The entire Sweet Home 3D software can either be downloaded or accessed in a web browser.
    Paid option:
    • Because Sweet Home 3D is an open-source tool, there is no paid option available.
    Features:
    • 2D design, 3D view
    • Drawing tools with precise dimensions
    • Measurements of fixtures like doors and windows
    • Furniture catalog
    • Floor plan annotation
    • Blueprint import
    • Integration with Java plug-ins

    What users like:

    “There are many good things about this software: it has thousands of models to create 3D interior models, is very easy to use, [and] the interface runs so smoothly. It is very light, but the graphics can be great. There is [a] browser version [that] runs very smoothly too. It has very good performance, and doesn''re willing to pay for them.”
    Draft it review by Corinne H.


    8. Floorplanner

    Product Name: Floorplanner
    G2 Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
    Number of Reviews: 1

    Floorplanner makes it easy to create floor plans in 2D and 3D and then share interactive versions of those floor plans online. Floorplanner comes equipped with an “auto-furnish” feature that lets you easily decorate rooms within your floor plan. Floorplanner’s completed floor plans look professional and polished, ready for presentation.

    Image courtesy of Floorplanner

    Free option:
    • Floorplanner’s free, web-based option supports one project, and is intended for casual use. (Paying users of Floorplanner can also leverage the free version, which exists as training module within paid versions.) If the user begins work on other projects that require the use of Floorplanner, they can pay an additional $4.99/project fee. The free plan includes the attachment of photos and videos to enrich completed floor plans as well as access to the Floorplanner iOS mobile application.
    Paid option:
    • “Plus” option costs $14.95 per year and supports five projects and 20 3D renderings per year. Extra projects cost $2.99 per project. The “Plus” option allows users to export the floor plans in high-resolution orin a variety of PDF scales, and make them interactive.
    • “Pro” option costs $29 per month and supports 15 projects per month and an unlimited number of 3D renderings. Extra projects cost $1.99 per project. The “Pro” option builds on top of the “Plus” options and allows company branding as well as multiple seat access.
    Features:
    • Drawing tool
    • Furniture image library
    • Interactive floor plan in 2D and 3D
    • 3D, 360-degree panorama, and VR walkthroughs
    • Photorealistic rendering

    What users like:

    “FloorPlanner is a great tool for quick, easy designs with lots of features. Its apps in Google Chrome and iPad are a great addition to the web tool. The drag and drop function in the design view is amazing. The navigation between design features, floors, and view options are a big plus.”
    Floorplanner review by Margie A.

     

    What users dislike:

    “New features, like the new dashboard, need more attention; it''t quite work all the time.”
    Floorplanner review by Margie A.


    9. RoomSketcher

    Product Name: RoomSketcher (formerly RoomSketcher Home Designer)
    G2 Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
    Number of Reviews: 1

    RoomSketcher (formerly RoomSketcher Home Designer) design application allows users to create floor plans and home designs in 3D. Both professionals and individuals can use RoomSketcher’s floor plans, 360-degree view photos, and interactive 3D walkthroughs. RoomSketcher users can rely on floor plans that come equipped with accurate measurements, render those plans in 3D and panorama, and even customize the finished home design with custom colors and textures.

    Image courtesy the 1 last update 2020/06/07 of RoomSketcherImage courtesy of RoomSketcher

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    • RoomSketcher''s senior research analyst for a slew of vertical categories, currently focusing on the trends, impact, and evolution of the healthtech, medtech, agtech, propertytech, and construction spaces. Prior to joining G2, she worked in the nonprofit sector in a copywriting and customer service capacity, and contributed to a handful of online entertainment and pop culture publications. G2 allows her to continue investing in her passion for digging into the nuances of consumer-focused, legacy industries to offer digestible, relatable insight to those same consumers.