Creating floor plans or decorating a house is not a simple job. In fact, unless you spend a hefty amount or have some clear knowledge of what you are doing, creating a house plan is going to be a big deal. Even if you are a professional, you need to spend several hours drawing and re-drawing. Lucky for you, you have a smartphone that can do almost anything thanks to the growing app ecosystem. So, here are some of the best house plan drawing apps. Of course, the apps or the plans created using these apps are not an alternative for an actual architecture. However, these apps can surely be helpful in getting you started and sorted.
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Best Floor Plan Apps
1. Floor Plan Creator
If you are looking to create precise and accurate floor plans, then Floor Plan Creator app is for you. The app is filled with almost every feature you’ll ever need to create detailed floor plans. You can create multiple floor rooms in 3D style and get automatic calculations for perimeters, rooms, walls, etc. Add to that, if you already have supported laser meters, you can use them in combination with the app for more accurate measurements. Once you complete the floor plan, the app gives you a 3D tour of the full plan.
Price: The base app is free and has ads. To remove ads and export your plans or sync them with Cloud, you need to upgrade to one of their paid plans via in-app purchases. The basic plan costs around $5 and the Pro plan costs around $10.
Download for Android.
2. Grapholite Floor Plans
Grapholite Floor Plans is a very minimal, user-friendly, and feature-rich application to create floor plans on the go. Unlike Floor Plan Creator which allows you to create 3D plans, Grapholite Floor Plans lets you create a floor plan in a more traditional way, like an actual architectural plan on a paper. One of the best features of the Grapholite Floor Plans is that it allows you to arrange space using virtual office tables and other furniture elements. This allows you to have a good idea on how you can effectively utilize the floor space and whether you need to make any changes to the existing floor plan.
Price: The base app is free. However, the free version will not allow you to export created plans. For that, you need to upgrade to the Pro version via in-app purchases.
Download for iOS.
MagicPlan is one most popular, feature-filled, and award-winning house planning app for Android and iOS. Just like with Grapholite Floor Plans app, you can create floor plans in a traditional way. When needed, you can take a picture of your existing house and create floor plans from it. What’s more, MagicPlan can show the existing dimensions and add floors and walls. Additionally, you can add furniture objects, photos, and annotations to help in creating proper house plans. If you have laser meters, you can use them in combination with the MagicPlan app. Simply put, if you are looking for a professional-grade application to create your house and floor plans then MagicPlan is for.
For Android users, as good as the app is, do keep in mind that you need to have an Android device that has a gyroscope and should be compatible with Android AR Core. If you don’t have either of these two, your device is not supported.
Price: The base app is free. The export feature and some additional objects are locked behind a paywall. To get access to them, you can either purchase a one-floor plan at a time for $2.99 or subscribe to their service for $9.99 per month. As a subscribed user, you can export any number of plans you want.
Download for Android. and iOS.
4. Home Design 3D
If you are looking to redesign or remodel your house then Home Design 3D is for you. This is all in addition to being able to create 2D and 3D floor plans from scratch. One of the best things is, you can adjust the thickness of the walls while creating your 3D plans. The app includes hundreds of furniture objects and accessories to design your house. Additionally, you can co++lour the walls, duplicate your favourite items, import pictures, and textures, edit objects, etc. Once you are done with the d++esign plan, you can export it locally or sync them to your favourite cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox.
Price: The base Home Design 3D app is free. However, in the free version, you cannot save or export your plans. For that, you need to upgrade to Classic, Gold, or Gold Plus versions for $0.99, $10, and $20 respectively via in-app purchases. Depending on the version you’ve upgraded to, you will get access to different features. There is a built-in feature comparison chart to help you choose the best plan.
5. Planner 5D
Planner 5D is very similar to Home Design 3D in that you’ll be to creating floor plans in both 2D and 3D. I suspect, that the reason why the app developers named the apps as it 5D (2D + 3D). Additionally, you can arrange custom furniture objects and virtually decorate your house for better planning. One of the interesting features of the app is that it supports Chromecast. This enables you to visualize your house plan on a big screen without exporting the designed plan. You can export your creations or sync to cloud services whenever you want.
Price: The base app is free. Some features like exporting, syncing, furniture objects are locked in the free version. You need to perform in-app purchases to unlock those advanced features.
6. Kitchen Planner 3D
Kitchen planning is not something to be trifled with. Generally, there will be a lot of things in the kitchen and without proper planning, everything goes south quickly. This is where Kitchen Planner 3D comes into play. This simple app allows you to properly design your kitchen. Obviously, the app comes with a lot of kitchen objects to play and plan with. Once you have the plan or design, you can export them in the format of your choice.
Price: The base version is free and has ads. Some features like the ability to undo and change cabinet doors and handles need to be unlocked via in-app purchases.
Download for Android.
Imagine how easy it would become if you use augmented reality through your camera to measure things around in addition to a great UI? The SmartPlan app is an open-source app that boasts of being both. You can measure the floor, doors, windows, walls, etc. All you have to do is download the app and use your camera to point out the objects you want to measure. You have the option to view these plans in both 2D & 3D models.
Unlike other apps which have a paywall to export your floor-plan, you can share it free. If you’re just a basic user, replacing this app with costly options like MagicPlan is a wise idea.
There aren’t many things you can tweak in the app. The only settings you can change is the unit from the settings menu and toggle between, mm, cm, inches, etc.
Price: The app is free and doesn’t contain any ads.
Download for Android
8. Houzz Interior Design Ideas
Sometimes, all you need to is come up with some ideas to create interior designs and floor plans. In those situations, Houzz Interior Design Ideas got your back. There are millions of high-resolution photos and plans to design and plan your house as you need. To keep track of things, the app provides proper annotation tools so that you can jot down your ideas. There is also a visual match feature that helps buy the same exact product you see in your favourite photo.
Price: The app is free and has ads.
I hope that helps. Comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above floor plan apps to create floor plans and house decoration plans in Android and iOS.
Alternatively, RoomSketcher is a good floor planning app for Mac computers and if you are looking for a web tool try SketchUp
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