Free Floor Plan Software

Free floor plan software is great for playing with your design and exploring all the design possibilities.  It's great for sharing and keeping a record of how your design thinking progresses.

Free Floor Plan Software Reviews

In no particular order...

The thumbnails link to the websites of the software and you can use the link to the review to read the reviews.

I’ve personally reviewed all these free floor plan software applications.  Each review was based on the same demo house and the same structure has been used in all the reviews to give you an opportunity to draw a good comparison and find the software that suits your requirements, and for free!

Feature Summary

  Home By Me Auto Desk Home styler Sweet Home 3D Roomle Room sketcher Floor planner Planner 5D Sketchup
Completely Free Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Online Application No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Tablet Version Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Easy to Use Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Enter Dimensions Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
3D View Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Import Floor Plan Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Print Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Print to Scale Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
Save in Common Format Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No
Share Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Help Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

What's in the Reviews?

The Demo House

All the reviews were carried out using a demo house which happens to be a simplified version of my house.  You can read more about my house in remodelog.

Free Floor Plan Software Sample House Ground FloorFree Floor Plan Software Demo House - Ground Floor
Free Floor Plan Software Sample House First FloorFree Floor Plan Software Demo House - First Floor

Each review has the same headings to make it easy to compare one with the other..

Quick Intro

Each review starts with a very quick introduction covering:

  • How free is free?  Is it really free, or do you only get half the features if you pay for the pro-version.  How does the software company make its money?
  • Is there a tablet version?
  • Is it an online application or a software download?

Getting Started

Here we look at what it takes to get started.  Is it a quick and easy sign up and start or is there a download process clogged with advertising?

Drawing the floor plan

How easy is it to draw the floor plan?  Can you enter dimensions?  Is the area automatically calculated?  Can you draw a curved wall?  Are the stairs, windows and doors easy to put in?  Can the first floor be cloned from the ground floor?

Putting the furniture in

Is there a good selection of furniture?  Can it be resized?  Are there any items of furniture missing?

Taking a look in 3D

It can be a real thrill and a great visualization tool to be able to see your design in 3D.  IT brings your design even more to life.  How realistic is the 3D rendering?  Are multiple camera angles possible and do any of these free floor plan software applications allow you to create a moving 3D walkthrough?

Other Features

Here we'll take a look at other features which can make a big difference. Can you import a floor plan?  Can you print?  How about printing to scale?  Is it easy to share your floor plan with others using the application?  What about saving your floor plan into some of the standard file types such as jpg or pdf or dwg?

Help available

Learning any new software involves a bit of a learning curve and if there's good tutorials and good help resources that journey is made easier.  So how does each floor plan design application measure up on helping you out?

Top Tips / Cool Features

If I've got any top tips or especially cool features to let you know about I'll put them in a box so that they'll stand out for you.

General advice on using free floor plan software

Remember what the software is designed for

There are of course many home design software packages available that are not free for both amateur and professional use.  From what I have seen using all the free floor plan software applications featured in this section I find it hard to imagine why you'd need to pay for software for amateur purposes.

And that moves me along nicely to my main bit of advice on using free floor plan software.  Recognise its limitations.  Software packages aimed at the amateur are not designed to produce drawings suitable for the planning office or for a builder to tender for your job. 

Spend some time reading these reviews to make sure any particular feature you're interested in is included.

Use floor plan design software to explore your design

What they are excellent for is playing with your design and exploring design possibilities for yourself which I think is a really important part of the design process even if you're hiring an architect or home design professional.

Use online home design software for sharing

I enjoy playing with designs with pencil and tracing paper but it can be hard to keep these neat and it takes time to scan them if you want to share them online.  I guess you could photo them with your phone but then there's problems with scale and getting it straight.  So online applications are great for sharing.

Save often

While you're playing, exploring and sharing, don't forget to save, and often.  It's useful to save all the different versions of the design so that you can come back later and take the best ideas from all the designs you've come up with.