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Reader who are in need of decent kitchen floor plans will not be disappointed with our article this week. Instead of getting a kitchen floor plan that was designed for another kitchen, why not create your own?
Creating your own kitchen floor plan is always advised. Even if you can find a kitchen floor plan that is completely similar to your kitchen, there are always crucial differences, obstacles being one of them. Today we are going to discuss some amazing software options that you can use to create your own kitchen floor plans!
Autodesk Homestyler is a true recommendation where kitchen planning is concerned. Not only can you create your ultimate kitchen floor plan, it is a lot more visual than doing it by hand as well. By being able to switch between 2D and 3D views, you are able to create kitchen floor plans that are a lot more detailed.
When you start your kitchen floor plan, you get to choose your rooms, walls and other areas. It does not only gives users the option to create the shape of their room, but also add interior walls, wall openings, half walls and any add-ons that may be present or that you want to create.
The Autodesk Homestyler also consist of four categories. The first one is the build, where you will find the rooms and walls we mentioned earlier. Then there is also the furnish section, where you can find the necessary furnishings for your kitchen. On top of that you can also decorate your kitchen with paint, floors and art. If your kitchen is next to your garden, you can also expand this particular option with the landscape & outdoor section.
However, the Autodesk Homestyler provides you with a few extra options that you will not find often with other kitchen plans designer software. As a user, you have the ability to create multiple floors, which is especially convenient for users who wish to implement a wine cellar underneath the kitchen or a dining room on the next floor.
Autodesk Homestyler is the ultimate tool to create your kitchen floor plans, but you can also create additional rooms with this software. Whether you need to design your kitchen, living room, bathroom or even laundry room, you get all the tools you need with Autodesk Homestyler!
Smartdraw made it to the second place of our kitchen floor plans software list. Even though this software has plenty of functions, we were kind of disappointed by the fact you need to download this software in order to use it, which is something that not everyone wants to do. Having said that, the Smartdraw software is suitable for residential kitchens as well as commercial kitchens.
The Smartdraw software makes it a lot easier to create professional kitchen floor plans. You start with a number of pre-designed templates so you can quickly create your personalized kitchen floor plans. These pre-designed templates are referred to as quick-start kitchen plans and these can be used for commercial kitchens as well as residential kitchens.
Users who choose Smartdraw can also count on thousands of kitchen and floor planning symbols. The software makes it easy to implement these symbols as well, because you can simply drag and drop the symbols you want to implement. Some of kitchen floor plans symbols you can use are kitchen appliances, fixtures, faucets, kitchen cabinets and so much more.
An additional feature that we found quite remarkable was the adding texture and color feature. With one simple click, you are able to add some color and texture to the symbols you have implemented.
The Smartdraw software is also a great tool for when you want to design your kitchen floor plans with more than one person. The software gives you the option to export your created kitchen floor plans to other programs, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and many more.
Smartdraw users can also count on free support from the Smartdraw creators. Users can always contact them with any questions, which makes it a lot easier for beginners to start using this software.
Do you like something that is a bit more visual than the standard kitchen floor plan symbols, even when your kitchen floor plans are displayed in 2D? Then we can definitely recommend using Gliffy.
Gliffy is a kitchen floor plan software that gives you a bird’s-eye view of your kitchen, although the program can be used for other rooms as well. The program allows you to sketch all the walls, doors, windows and other structural elements. On top of that you are also able to add appliances and décor items.
What we really like about Gliffy is the fact that you are not working with a stagnant 2D plan. Even though you are working with a 2D view, it is still a lot easier to identify everything that has been used in the room. This is especially convenient for people who never designed a kitchen floor plan before.
Another great feature about this software is the drag and drop ability. You do not have to draw anything yourself because the system is quite intuitive and lets you drag shapes onto your 2D kitchen floor plan.
There is another reason why we would recommend Gliffy for beginners. When you visit this kitchen floor plan software, you will see a tutorial. This shows you exactly how you can drag and drop your kitchen elements, how you can connect your shapes, add text, colors and so much more.
Gliffy can also be used from any type of device, whether you want to use your tablet or your PC. Not everyone owns a computer anymore, so this is a handy feature for those people.
However, there are some downsides to the program. Even though this program is very suitable for beginners, you do need quite a bit of imagination to create beautiful kitchen floor plans. If you are a like me, and can’t draw to save your life, then you may encounter some problems. Dragging and dropping shapes is one thing, but making them come alive into a fully functional 2D kitchen floor plan is another.
This tool also has a number of advanced tools that may escape the capabilities of most users. People who often work with Adobe Photoshop might recognize some of these features, for example layers. However, if you are not that familiar with Adobe Photoshop or similar software, most advanced features will be pretty useless to you.
So is this software really that suited for beginners? Yes, if you have a lot of creativity. If you rather have some pre-made 2D kitchen cabinets and appliances, we suggest opting for another software.
People who are looking to create 2D kitchen floor plans for commercial kitchens need to take a look at the CAD Pro kitchen floor plan tool. This commercial kitchen floor plan designer software is easy to use and you can create a full plan in a matter of minutes.
CAD Pro can be used for more than kitchen floors plans as well. With this particular software, you are able to create facility plans, building plans, commercial spaces, store layouts, office floor plans, commercial bathrooms, commercial interiors, restaurants and many more.
Another great feature with CAD Pro is how interactive this software can be. Even though you cannot connect with another designer through the software, you do get the option to export your created file as a PDF. You can also take advantage of the “Send as Mail” feature and send your PDF of to another person. Additional interactive features you can find are voice instructions, pop-up text memos and pop-up photos.
Now let us take a look at the downsides of this particular program. Since this program is directed towards commercial kitchens and designs, you will find that most of the features and design options are quite advanced. The CAD programs are often used by engineers as well, which should give you a general idea of how advanced these features can be.
So can the CAD Pro tool be used by beginners? We would not recommend it. Although if you have some experience with design software you may find the CAD Pro tool somewhat useful. If you are a true beginner and like more visuals during your designing process, then we recommend using Autodesk.
Users who put an emphasis on online design and interactivity, should opt for Floorplanner. This particular program makes it incredibly easy to create your kitchen floor plans online and share it with other users. This program is often used by real estate professionals as well, so this should give you a general idea of the usefulness of the Floorplanner program.
Floorplanner has an intuitive editor which enables you to create a nice floorplan in a matter of minutes. However, this software is not only suited to create your kitchen floor plan. Once you have create your kitchen floor plan, you can start playing around with the interior. Floorplanner has one of the biggest item and furniture libraries, giving you plenty of choice where interior design is concerned.
The Floorplanner software is also ideal for when you are planning a remodel or renovation. It enables you to see what is going to fit and what is not. Floorplanner also enables you to create some beautiful images which can be used for commercial purposes.
IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner
The last kitchen floor planner we need to mention is the IKEA 3D kitchen planner. Even though we mentioned it last, we must admit that the IKEA 3D kitchen planner is still one of our favorites.
One of the best things about the IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner is the fact that you do not have to download anything! You can simply go to the website and start the tool in your browser. Even though you are not downloading anything, you kitchen floor plans will load up quite quickly.
When you have loaded up this kitchen planner, you will see a bunch of categories. The first one is the room layout and will form the basis of your kitchen floor plan. Some subcategories you will find in here are room shapes, doors, windows, flooring, walls, ceilings, fixtures, obstacles and decorative items.
On the right side of your screen you will notice a detailed menu where you can enter the dimensions of your room. Users are also able to drag the walls on the actual 2D floor plan to ensure that the dimensions are completely accurate.
Under the room layout sections, users will find additional sections that are meant to further design your room. This includes kitchen, dining, bathroom, office and more. Even though there are loads of options for the rest of your home, we are currently interested in kitchens, so let us take a closer look at those options.
With the IKEA 3D Home Planner, you can select various built-in kitchens, appliances, accessories, wall panels, trolleys and more. Simply click the item you want to add to your floor plan and move it on the design. One thing we do need to mention is that you need to switch from 2D to 3D view for a more detailed view of your picked items.
When you design your kitchen, you will also notice that you start with a basic floor and wall design. By clicking on the wall of the floor, you are also able to change the details. For example change a wooden floor to a tile floor.
The following feature can be seen as positive and negative. The items you used in your design are all displayed in the “Your Selected Items” category. By clicking on the item list, you will get an overview of all the items you have used in the design and their price. The good thing about this is that you have an immediate idea of what your kitchen is going to cost. The downside? All items come from the IKEA store, so you do not have the option to browse around.