Sometimes I look around my living room or dining room trying to imagine how the furniture would work in a different arrangement. But the idea of moving our TV cabinet, bar and secretary just seems a little overwhelming.
BHG’s tool is a redesigned version and works great. You have to be registered to use the program but it’s all online. There’s no downloading and you can save rooms you create.
What I love about the tool is that there are lots of preloaded furniture options and it’s fairly easy to change their size and location in the room.
You can also add doors, windows and walls where you need them. I created the room below in just a few minutes.
But BHG isn’t the only option. I checked out a few other online planners as well, focusing on those that are free and don’t require downloads.
Floorplanner, shown above, is a program that has a free option that lets you design an entire house and lets you upgrade to a pay plan to have more.
What makes Floorplanner great is that you can view your room in 2d or 3d, as you can see in the photos above. There are also a lot of interesting options, including floor styles and rug patterns.
You can see the interface at right.
It lets you do basic furniture arranging and make sit easy to change the size of rooms and furniture pieces. It doesn’t give you color and pattern choices. But if your goal is to create a layout, this is a nice option.
Finally, the BBC Home Virtual Room program (below) isn’t a furniture planner but it does allow you see how patterns and colors look in a room. Plus, you get this crazy person in the room, just to see how you’d look in there!