7 Best Interior Design Software & Tools for Modern-Day Designers

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As technology has grown more advanced throughout the years, professionals worldwide have seen an increase in software that enhances workflow and productivity. You have probably noticed how many new tools there are in a variety of disciplines – but especially in the field of interior design.

Although these new technologies can be very helpful, they bring up a number of questions of their own: What is the best interior design software? What are the most important criteria to evaluate each tool? And what should you do if your current software isn’t living up to your needs?

SoftwarePriceAverage Score
Foyr$49/month
SketchUp$100/month
AutoCAD$200/month
Revit$193/month
3Ds Max$195/month
Blender$17/month
Maya$195/month

Many interior designers wonder about these questions, but aren’t sure where to find the answers. Or maybe you’ve been trying out different design tools but aren’t sure which is the best, or whether you’re getting the maximum use from them. This information is very important to know, though, as it can mean the difference between running a successful interior design business, and wasting your valuable time.

In this article, Foyr will take the guesswork out of interior design tools by explaining what exactly interior design software is, outlining what criteria are most important in a good design tool, and listing the top interior design software on the market.

What Software do Interior Designers use?

Interior design software enables interior designers to create floor plans and design spaces quickly, easily, and efficiently. It can have various combinations of features, like 2D space planning and floor plan creation, 3D designing and modeling, and high quality rendering. Interior design software is typically either downloaded or accessed through the internet.

Because there are so many interior design software on the market, it can often be challenging for users to find the perfect fit. In order to take the guesswork out of choosing a software, we’ve identified the 3 main criteria you should consider:

  • Price – the cost of purchasing a subscription to use the software
  • Ease of Use – how quickly you can pick up the software if you’ve never used it before
  • Value for Money – whether you need a large amount of computer storage or processing power to use the software

Here’s the list of top 7 interior design software that designers use most widely.

  1. Foyr Neo
  2. SketchUp
  3. AutoCAD
  4. Revit
  5. 3Ds Max
  6. Blender
  7. Maya

1. Foyr Neo®

best interior designer software

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.

  • Price:
    Foyr Neo offers a 14-day free trial (with no credit card required), and paid plans begin at $49/month – way less than other design software – and go up to $199/month. And if you’re part of a larger enterprise that needs custom solutions, the customer success team is adept at creating unique subscription packages to fit your needs.
  • Ease of Use:
    This software is highly intuitive and easy for new users to pick up. One of the most beloved ease-of-use features is the ability to drag and drop pre-modeled, render-ready products from a catalogue of over 50,000 items. It also comes with an entire suite of tutorials and learning materials, and the customer success team is quick to respond if you are facing any issues.
  • Value for Money:
    Unlike other software that requires a high-power computer and downloadable tools, Foyr Neo is completely cloud-based, meaning it can be accessed from any device! So if you do not have a computer with a great deal of storage and processing power, or you want the ability to work on the go, then this a great software for you.
  • TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE:
    Overall, Foyr Neo -The Lightning Fast Interior Design Software is ideal for students and professionals who want to simplify their designing workflow and spend time creating and working with clients, instead of learning and paying for complex software.

2. SketchUp®

SketchUp’s 3D design software is a user-friendly application that is helpful for interior designers with 3D modeling needs. Users can work within SketchUp’s platform to create custom 3D products and animations, without having to use multiple tools to plan, design, and create.

  • Price:
    SketchUp offers both free and paid versions, which differ in their available features and ease-of-use. The lowest paid plan (SketchUp Shop) is $119/year (SketchUp only offers year-long subscriptions, but this is about $10/month), while the highest paid plan (SketchUp Studio) goes for $1199/year. While the lowest plan is not as expensive, the fact that SketchUp does not offer month-by-month plans might be a deterrent for someone who does not want to commit to a full year license.
  • Ease of Use:
    SketchUp is a comprehensive 3D modeling tool that simplifies the modeling process, especially when compared with other tools. However, those who are complete beginners when it comes to 3D modeling may experience a higher learning curve, as they need to learn both SketchUp’s specific features and overall 3D modeling best practices.
  • Value for Money:
    SketchUp’s different plans offer multiple ways of accessing the software. The free and lower-priced subscriptions come with web-only access – meaning you do not need a heavy-duty computer to use the software. The higher-priced version addresses more advanced needs, and lets users work in both the web and desktop versions of the platform (with the desktop version requiring hard-drive space).
  • TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE:
    Overall, SketchUp is ideal for designers who are already knowledgeable about 3D modeling and need a comprehensive software that enables their creativity.

3. AutoCAD®

AutoCAD is a tool by Autodesk, a popular technology company. This 2D and 3D designing software is by far the most widely-used design tool in the market today – so it’s no wonder that this tool is featured on our list! AutoCAD used extensively by a wide range of professionals – including graphic designers, real-estate tour creators, industrial and environmental engineers, game animators, interior designers, and architects.

  • Price:
    This software is relatively expensive – ranging from $200/month to $325/month, depending on the number of users and desired features – making it better suited for teams of professionals, instead of single users or less experienced designers.
  • Ease of Use:
    If you’re already familiar with designing, then working with AutoCad just comes down to learning the platform’s specific workflow and features. If you are new to this world, however, you might find the learning curve to be a bit steeper – especially if you’re using this tool for interior design, as that is not the primary vertical the software was built around. But AutoCAD does come with a selection of helpful videos to guide you in learning the basics and creating floor plans and more.
  • Value for Money:
    AutoCAD is a downloadable software with a lot of features, so you do need access to a machine with a lot of storage and processing capabilities. This makes the tool more challenging for users who prefer working on the go, as well as users who have not invested in more expensive and powerful computers.
  • TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE:
    Overall, AutoCAD is ideal for those who already have a great deal of experience within the design world, and who need a more complex, in-depth tool to fulfill their designing needs.

4. Revit®

Revit is another design software by Autodesk. This BIM (building information modeling) tool is wildly popular in 3D interior design, structural engineering, and architectural design. Revit enables users to easily create structural models and collaborate with teammates, while working within current interior design trends such as sustainable floor plans and analysis of energy.

  • Price:
    Revit is another pricey software. Subscription plans start at $193/month, and go up in price depending on the package. One positive is that Autodesk offers a Revit + AutoCAD subscription (at $327/month), if your design work requires the use of both tools. As with AutoCAD, these prices are better suited for professionals with more advanced experience and needs.
  • Ease of Use:
    In order to use Revit most effectively and efficiently, it is helpful for users to have prior knowledge of architecture and structural engineering. If you’re new to these fields, it’s best to work with someone who already knows Revit in order to get started and learn the basics. Otherwise, you’ll likely find the learning curve to be too steep to warrant the subscription price.
  • Value for Money:
    This software must be downloaded, meaning users must have access to a computer with enough storage, memory, and processing power in order to use the tool. Also, the tool is mainly available for Windows users, but there is an additional application that can run through Revit and allow functionality on a Mac.
  • TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE:
    Overall, Revit is ideal for architects and engineers who are already familiar with BIM concepts and workflows. Interior designers who are not as familiar with this – or who do not need to incorporate elements like structural engineering into their design work – might be best suited trying a different software.

5. 3Ds Max®

3Ds Max is another design software by Autodesk. This tool is well-known for its excellent capabilities in 3D interior design planning, modeling, simulation, and rendering, as well as animation for films, motion graphics, industrial product design, and video games. 3Ds Max is also adept at displaying a range of textures & fixtures within your design, including realistic fur and hair, human motion simulation, and particle simulation.

  • Price:
    As with many of Autodesk’s tools, the subscription prices for 3Ds Max are on the higher side – beginning at $195/month – with other, higher-priced plans (up to $355/month) available that include other tools by Autodesk. This makes 3Ds Max better suited for designers with a larger budget and more advanced needs.
  • Ease of Use:
    Though 3Ds Max contains many features, users have found that it is incredibly difficult to learn and work with this tool. As such, it is not recommended for beginners, or for those who want to focus solely on designing and creating, not trying to learn complex software.
  • Value for Money:
    Once again, this downloadable software requires a powerful computer to use it. In addition, it is currently only available for Windows, which means that any Mac users will need to choose a different tool in order to design with their current technology.
  • TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE:
    Overall, 3Ds Max is ideal for designers who are already proficient in 3D modeling and rendering, and who want to create customized models for their projects.

6. Blender®

The next tool on our list is Blender, a free software for 3D modeling, graphics, and interior design. This tool includes features useful in video editing, sculpting, photorealistic animation, and rendering, and it is especially helpful for craftily editing videos and creating realistic simulations like smoke, hair, fluids, and more. It also lets users experiment with different styles, such as traditional vs. modern architecture, and create 3D games, animations, and applications.

  • Price:
    This software is completely free! There are two paid options, however, if users want access to Blender Cloud, a collection of online trainings, inspirations, textures, and more. These plans are very inexpensive, though, at $17/month or $11.50/month, depending on whether you prefer manual or automatic renewals.
  • Ease of Use:
    Blender is not a very challenging tool to learn, although the ease with which you pick it up does vary based on your prior knowledge and experience with 3D modeling and designing. If you’re feeling stuck, though, the two paid Blender Cloud subscriptions come with hundreds of instructional videos to help you get started and learn new techniques.
  • Value for Money:
    Blender is a downloadable tool, which automatically means users will need access to a certain amount of computer storage. However, compared to the other downloadable tools on this list, Blender is relatively light on your machinery.
  • TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE:
    Overall, Blender is ideal for designers on a lower budget whose design needs are not overly complex or technical. This certainly includes beginner designers, which makes this tool a great starting point.

7. Maya®

The final software on this list is another tool by Autodesk, called Maya. This software is especially adept at computer animation, 3D modeling, simulation, and rendering. Maya’s capabilities are especially popular for adding effects and characters to video games, animated films, and visual real estate tours.

  • Price:
    New users to Maya can begin with a month-long free trial, to help them learn the basics and decide if the tool is a right fit. After this trial, subscription plans begin at $195/month, which falls within the typical pricing Autodesk’s tools.
  • Ease of Use:
    Though professionals can use this software fluently to design and animate any kind of 3D object, many beginners find Maya (and Autodesk’s other tools) overly challenging and not the best starting point.
  • Value for Money:
    Maya’s downloadable tool can run on both Mac and Windows, but does require ample storage and processing capabilities, as with Autodesk’s other tools.
  • TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE:
    Overall, Maya is ideal for professionals who are highly knowledgeable about 3D modeling, designing, and animating, and who need an advanced tool in order to complete their work.

Final Thoughts

As we mentioned earlier, because there are so many kinds of design software on the market – and many of the tools have overlapping features and capabilities – it can definitely feel challenging to find the tool best suited for you.

In the end, however, we recommend evaluating your goals and needs when it comes to making your choice. The software that works best for you will depend on your intended use, the pricing, the kinds of file formats available, and your skill level – just to name a few.

For a complete, fast, and easy interior design experience, look no further than Foyr Neo! This tool is the top rated in its combination of affordable pricing, minimal learning curve, and no need for hardcore technology.

What’s more, our customers have found that Neo’s platform is easy-to-use yet powerful, and it has cut their design and render time in half. As one of our interior designers shared, creating a project in Neo “would have taken me weeks in other software programs that require a lot of skill, money and time.”

 

 

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