5 Home Office Design Tools to Make Life Easy

Sometimes a pen and paper just won’t work when it comes to planning out a new home office layout, and that is when you need the help and guidance of technology in the form of tools and software packages that can help you plan and prepare the layout of your new study area.

The great thing about software tools is that you can plan your room out in many different dimensions and you can even measure up to the exact millimetre so you know that everything you are going to buy for your home office is going to fit without any concerns.

In today’s guide we wanted to walk you through what we believe are the top 5 tools on the market at the moment for planning and designing your very own home office, so do yourself a favour and drop the pen and paper, and let us show you the wonderful world of software tools and just how it can make a big impact in designing your room to just how you want it to look.

Planner 5D Tool

The most extensive free room design tool on the market is this planner 5D tool because it really does everything you need it to do and much more. If you aren’t brilliant with computers then the easy to use interface and user-friendly design will make creating a home office layout and floor plan super easy for you. It’s easy to design rooms down to the most architectural details like windows, stairs and partitions. Don’t stop at a room interior, you can also do landscaping and pools with Planner 5D.

If you need a tool for the job then this most certainly should be the first one that you set your eyes on and test.

My Deco Room Planner

If you want to upload your own floor plan, or play around with pre-loaded floor plans, this program is for you.  The My Deco 3D Planner allows you to insert walls, doors, windows and select from a gallery of interior finishes.  The interface is relatively simple to use, and allows you to view your plan and 3D image at the same time.  You can move the camera around the plan to see different views, and even paint the walls and ceilings from an extensive colour selection.

To make this program realistic, real products are used for inserting into your model.  You can choose from small kitchen appliances to garden tools in your garage! If you love the decor you put into your rendered model, click on the ‘Available for purchase’ button and you can find out the price, and where to buy the real objects for your own home. You can use the software without joining, or join and upload your model to your Facebook wall for your friends to see! For all of you iPhone users, My Deco also has as a free app to download 3D furniture in your rooms.

The IKEA Home Planner

Apart from a great cafeteria with Swedish meatballs and hotdogs, Ikea also have a free to use planner, so you don’t even need to part ways with any cash or trials. The great bit of kit from Ikea allows you to plan your furniture, decor to the specifications of your home! When you flip through the IKEA catalogue, do you ever wish you could take the exact bookshelf and desk and see how it would look in your space? The easy to use planning tool allows you to configure your floor plan, choose from the IKEA gallery of furniture and decor components, and then calculate the cost, and then print out and carry into your local Ikea store.

Design a Room

Fourth on our list of five tools is the Design a Room tool, which literally takes all the hard work of having to sample materials and colours out of the equation.  Armstrong has a nice 3D virtual program that allows you to see different colour combinations of flooring, cabinetry, ceilings, walls and even countertops while staying in the comfort of your home. This is definitely a great tool to have in your weaponry to creating the perfect home office.

Sweet Home 3D

Finally we come to a 3D visual software program that has a range of great features that will help you to plan everything from the floor to the windows and everything else you can expect to see in between.

The added bonus of this program allows you to customize 3D furniture models, if you can’t find what you need in the provided catalogue. Import your own models directly into your plans. To bring in your floor plan, import it into Sweet Home 3D, scale it, and trace over your plan so you don’t have any guess work. For those interested in walking through the designed space, a camera feature can placed along a path through the floor plan and a video feature visualizes how you would interact within all areas of the room.

You seriously can’t get much better than Sweet Home 3D if you are looking for an overall solution to a home office design tool.

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