Until recently, if you wanted to design your kitchen, you had to rely on architects and interior designers to produce a 3D design for you. In recent years many software companies have come up with 3D design tools to help you plan and render areas of your home.
What type of software should I choose?
It depends on your IT knowledge as well as your budget.
1. CAD (computer-aided design) programs require you to produce your kitchen design from scratch. This gives you unlimited possibilities and is probably most accurate when it comes to measurements, but it can be very time-consuming. Also, CAD software tends to be quite costly.
2. Home design software with kitchen design component such as FloorPlanner. This type of software is relatively easy to use as it offers a simple drag-and-drop interface that allows you to customise a kitchen in 2D and 3D. Most of these programs let you try a free version so you can decide if it suits your needs. The disadvantage of this type of software is that you will be limited to the use of items included in their catalogue.
3. A Lot of large furniture and kitchen stores now have their own software, where you can view how their units would fit in your home.
The IKEA Home Planner was originally a kitchen-only design tool. Now its scope has been expanded, and you can use it for pretty much every room in your house. It's an easy-to-use tool that allows you to start designing instantly, without setting up an account. It uses a simple drag and drop tool, allowing you to take anything from the catalogue and add it to the room.
Magnet Kitchen Planner
Magnet’s simple 2D and 3D kitchen planner helps you to create a 3D vision of your ideal space. You can either enter your own dimensions or choose a pre-designed room, then add a range of cabinets, worktops and accessories.
Homebase Kitchen Planner
You can start with a blank room or choose a supplied idea as your starting point, and follow the step-by-step guide to design and plan your dream kitchen in 3D. You can then print your design and take it to the store to purchase the items you need.
4. And finally, if you don't feel like doing it yourself, some furniture stores and kitchen suppliers will produce a 3D design for you. You just need to give them your room measurements, choose the units you would like to see in 3D in your room plan and they will create it for you.