6 Best Home Design Software that you should know in 2020

Home Design Software & Tools 6 Best Home Design Software that you should know in 2020

Home designers – both amateur and professional – have greatly benefited from home design software. Home design software is a computer-powered tool intended to help architects and designers create projects more quickly and efficiently. These tools are especially helpful in previewing design implementations in order to showcase your vision to a client and make changes, before any actual work is done.

SoftwarePriceAverage Score
Foyr Neo$49 / month
Floorplanner$24.95 / month
Gliffy$7.99 / month
Small Blueprinter$38 / month
Revit$193 / month

These tools contain a vast number of features, including:

  • 360-degree rendering of the 3D home design.
  • Transforming the look of any room with virtual furniture and accessories.
  • Changing colors, textures and lighting of the room.
  • Creating multi-story floor plans.
  • Designing elements like stairs and roofs.
  • Viewing cross-sections, elevations, and facades.

To ensure that you find the software that best satisfies your needs we compiled a list of the top home design software on the market. In addition, we’ve identified three main criteria to evaluate each software by:

Ease of Use
How quickly you can pick up the software if you’ve never used it before

Technology Requirements
Whether you need a large amount of computer storage or processing power to use the software

Key Features
Elements that make the software unique and separate it from others

Here is the list of the top 6 home design software used by designers worldwide:

There are many different home design software that are used by designers worldwide. However, with the number of options available, it can be hard to differentiate the good from the bad and find a tool that works well for you.

  • Foyr Neo
  • Floorplanner
  • Gliffy
  • Floor Planner by Small Blueprinter
  • Homestyler
  • Revit

1. Foyr Neo®

Cost : $49/M
Free Trial : Yes

Our first software on this list is Foyr Neo, which offers a complete end-to-end interior design experience. With Foyr Neo, users can plan and design 2D and 3D spaces, and create high-quality renders (with AI-powered auto-lighting!) in under 10 minutes – all from a browser.

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Ease of Use:

In terms of learning feasibility, Neo is top of the line. This software is easy to use regardless of experience with home design software, as the drag and drop feature allows users to design pre-modeled, render-ready products in an instant. Neo also offers users a wide variety of tutorials as well as access to the customer success team who is quick to answer any questions.

Technology Requirements:

Foyr Neo is a completely cloud-based program allowing access from any device. This is perfect whether you have a computer with limited storage and processing power, or you are on the go and can’t be tied to your desktop. This tops other software that requires devices with large amounts of data storage and has lengthy download time.

Key Features:

One of the key features of Neo is its lightning-fast rendering engine that transforms your designs into photorealistic, 4k images that are sure to impress clients. Another important feature is the program’s ability to convert designs and floor plans from 2D to 3D quickly, which provides clients an idea of what the final space will look like. Perhaps the most notable feature is the ability to create 360º tours of your unbuilt space, which clients can access on their phones, laptops, and even VR.

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Overall, Foyr Neo is built for anyone, from students to experienced designers. Its cloud-based system allows it to be accessed from any device and it provides a simple to use, interactive experience that creates well-crafted designs.

2. Floorplanner®

Cost : $24.95/M
Free Trial : Yes

Floorplanner is a simple to use home design software tool. It allows you to create entire rooms, balconies, posts, walls, and drag and drop windows, skylights, fixtures, and furniture with ease. An extensive library gives you a large selection of vehicles, garages and a lot more.

Ease of Use:

Perhaps the most notable trait of Floorplanner is its user-friendly interface. The software allows beginners to input a sketched image and structure the establishment around the image by scaling it to size. Floorplanner is extremely accessible software for global users. The program is supported in several different languages and it allows users to choose your design dimensions in metric, American, SI any many other units.

Technological Requirements:

Floorplanner is a cloud-based room design software which means you don’t have to download and install the program to use it. You just sign up for an online account and start designing almost instantly without leaving the web browser. It is supported on several systems such as Windows, Mac, iPhone/IPad, and Android. It has been reported, however, that in the mobile versions can be clunky to use and at times glitchy, which is not ideal for working on the go.

Key Features:

When designing the homes, you can easily toggle between 3D rendering and modeling modes, and make edits with the multipurpose toolbox. In addition, unlike many other designing software, Floorplanner offers a mobile version that can be used from any iPhone, Android, or iPad (with some limitations, as mentioned above). With a Floorplanner account, you can save, print, or email your design, or post it on Facebook and Twitter. A downside, however, is that you can only see one floor at a time, so visualizing an entire home is difficult.

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Floorplanner is a cloud-based design software that is perfect for beginners and accommodates all types of users. Because it is cloud-based, it is available on all major operating systems and mobile devices which is perfect for designers on the go. It contains many of the common features of other design platforms yet it still delivers incredible end products.

3. Gliffy®

Cost : $7.99/M
Free Trial : Yes

Gliffy is an online free home design software that extends way beyond its capabilities as a design tool. In addition to designing floor plans, users can create interface diagrams, Venn diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and more.

Ease of Use:
Gliffy provides the user with a simple to use drag and drop format that allows things like charts and graphics can be made within seconds. With a number of searchable items and icons, the program allows the user to quickly snap elements into the design without and struggle or readjustment. Rooms are drawn by individual walls, however, meaning users have to extend adjacent walls in order to create rooms, which can be difficult to get the hang of.

Technology Requirements:
Designs on Gliffy can be swiftly accessed from a simple login, and the program tests and supports the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 10, and Microsoft Edge. Gliffy does, however, recommend the use of Firefox or Chrome for the best experience. While Firefox and Chrome are the suggest browsers, at times the program has been reported to face bugs that make diagrams inaccessible and issues with saving. However, the Gliffy support team is quick to respond to any disturbances in the functionality of the software.

Key Features:
While the main focus for Gliffy is its floor plan feature, where users can create detailed designs, the program also enables the creation of flowcharts, organizational charts, ven diagrams, and network diagrams. These are especially important for design teams that wish to have a more well-rounded design software that gives them several tools. Gliffy also provides an instant collaboration feature granting file access to a specific set of users.

Total Average Score:
Gliffy is an easy to use software that can serve teams or individuals as a tool for interior design or as an organizational aid. The program is available on most updated operating systems, however, its functionality can be limited as it faces glitches at times.

4. FloorPlanner by Smallblueprinter®

Cost : $38/M
Free Trial : Yes

Not to be confused with Floorplanner, this free home design software also has a drag and drop features, allowing you to resize all elements to the size that you desire.

Ease of Use:

Small Blueprinter’s Floor Planner can be a great starting point for designers who have little experience with design software. The program offers pre-made design options that can be adjusted to preference, which makes the learning process much faster. Like many other design software out there, this Floor Planner allows you to drag and drop items easily on to the interface. Items can also be easily located on the menu on the side of the screen. There is no feature to straighten adjusted lines, however, and doing it manually can be a bit frustrating.

Technology Requirements:

The program is web-based, and you can create designs or continue working on the previous ones without even signing up. The program does, however, require that Adobe Flash Player be enabled, which some feel makes their device vulnerable.

Key Features:

While Smallblueprinter does not offer many complex features, they are still effective in creating stellar designs. The program offers two versions; a 2D and a 3D. While the 3D offers users a virtual experience, only walls, fences, doors, and windows can be put in place. The 2D version grants users the ability to input furniture, stairs, and even plumbing designs. The program gives users the opportunity to print designs or export them as a JPEG image. There also includes a menu to specify the centimeters or feet for each grid square to represent.

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Smallblueprinter’s Floor Planner is simple to use, online software that is perfect for students or designers looking to create quick designs. The program is limited and to what it offers but still includes some nifty features that could satisfy even the most seasoned online designer.

5. Homestyler®

Cost : Freemium
Free Trial : No

Imagine a software where you can simply drag and drop rooms to create floor plans by a wall to wall basis. Well, that’s what Homestyler allows you to do, along with designating the colors of whole rooms as well as the walls and baseboards, floorings and more.

Ease of Use:

Once an account is created, users are given access to the Homestyler dashboard that has a simple layout. What is not so simple is navigating yourself around the interface. Finding items takes a lot of searching and time to learn the layout, and the program is oftentimes very slow to load items or saved designs. Placing items in spots is very tedious and can be frustrating for new users.

Technology Requirements:

Homestyler is a web-based application that uses flash programming. Any computer system capable of accessing the Internet and using Flash is able to use this application. Android and iOS mobile apps are available as well. It should be noted, however, that mobile versions to render images slow and input icons slowly.

Key Features:

Unlike Floorplanner, levels can be cloned to create upper and lower levels which gives a better idea of what the whole home will look like. You can also simply dimension drawing but unfortunately, you are not able to choose what is dimensioned and what is not. They offer a decent size selection of colors and furniture, although it is a bit strenuous to locate and place these things on the interface.

Total Average Score:

If you are looking to make simple designs to showcase clients without investing in large software, then a quick download of Homestyler may get the job done. But if you lack experience with home design software and are looking to make intricate designs quickly, then you may want to look somewhere else as Homestyler can take some time to learn, and at times, can leave you dissatisfied.

6. Revit®

Cost : $193/M
Free Trial : Yes

Revit is a design software, also from the makers of AutoCAD and Maya – Autodesk. It is a Building Information Modelling (BIM) tool that is widely popular not only among interior designers but also in structural engineering and architectural design. Users love using Revit because it offers an easy way to create models and collaborate with their colleagues while being involved in current interior design trends like energy analysis and sustainable floor plans, to name a few.

Ease of Use:
As is the case with other professional structural design software, Revit has a steep learning curve if you have no prior knowledge of architecture and structural engineering.
Experienced professionals in this domain will be able to work efficiently and effectively and would be beneficial to collaborate with.

Technology Requirements:
Revit is meant to be downloaded and used offline on your computer. This means you must have a system with a high-performance configuration to meet the RAM, storage and processing requirements of the software.
Compatibility may also be an issue since the tool is majorly developed for Windows. However, additional software. Frame, allows MAC users to run Revit through it.

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To sum up, Revit is a good fit for professionals such as engineers, architects familiar with workflows and concepts of BIM. Interior designers without prerequisite knowledge in this field or who may not require the combining elements of structural engineering in their projects should avoid Revit and find a better software suited to their needs

Some Things To Consider

  • Rooms are drawn by drawing individual walls. There is no feature to join them to create rooms. This means that users will have to extend adjacent walls to make a room.
  • There exists no automatic dimensioning. The software has a dimension tool and a text tool for creating the dimensions but in most cases the scale may not be the best that you’re looking for.
  • Floor plan library items are somewhat limited but can still produce nifty designs quickly.
  • Easy user accessibility and simple user interface packed with many layouts and tools.
  • No sign ins required for making and saving designs.

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