Making a floor plan is a good idea if you build a new house or rearrange your home. Well planned floor plan can prevent the unpleasant experience of moving furniture around your house without a plan and feeling bad about the final outcome later. Using software is faster and easier than creating the plan with a pen and paper. You can also view the plan in 3D mode that gives you a fairly good idea of what the plan will look like in real life.
Try the following two floor plan freeware. They are online software, meaning you don’t have to install anything. The floor plans made with the software also can be easily shared with other people. Although there are other freeware both online and offline, these two beat others in quality.
1. Autodesk Homestyler
With Autodesk Homestyler, you can create floor plans by dragging and dropping rooms, doors, and furnishings. You can also view your designs in 2D and 3D format.
Once a plan is made, you can save it in the design gallery and invites friends to view it by sending email or posting a link to Facebook. The design also can be shared on other websites, printed out or saved as a JPG, DWG, or RVT formats for other software.
On the website (www.homestyler.com), you can view various example designs for for kitchen, bathroom, dining room, garage and more that were made by other users. This is great for getting the idea of what designs other people have come up with.
You can start to make a floor plan by clicking “Get Started Now” button. Using menus like build, furnish, and landscape, you can draw rooms and walls, furnish bath, furniture, and electronics and place landscape like grass and pond. Clicking 2D and 3D button, lets you view the floor plan immediately in each mode.
Floorplanner has almost the same functions as Autodesk Homestyler such as drag-and-drops tool for making floor plans. You can use the same 2D and 3D format change and built in library for doors, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and furniture.
However, there are two major differences from the Autodesk Homestyler. First, Floorplanner has a very detailed tutorial that guides step-by-step in the making of the plan. Second, 3D rendering of the Floorplanner is a little slower than that of Autodesk Homestyler. If you need a detailed guidance for floor plan making, you should give this software a try. You can create a plan by clicking demo on the top side of the website (www.floorplanner.com).
With free account, you can create one house. The paid accounts start with a Floorplanner Plus that allows you to create up to 5 houses with yearly subscription of $29.
Which one to choose?
In sum, if you have some experience of making floor plans before, Autodesk Homestyler is recommended. If you need a kind step-by-step tutorial, try Floorplanner. In terms of pricing, Autodesk Homestyler looks better as it is completely free compared to Floorplanner with a free account of some limitation. Of course, the price alone cannot help you determine your choice. Try both of the software and find out the one that suits your purpose the best.