Written by, Viktor Gruevski
Updated October, 14, 2022
Are you planning to renovate your home?
Looking for an app to effectively communicate your design ideas to potential clients?
We have a list of the best free interior design software that will help you visualise the space and see how it all ties together before you start knocking down walls.
SketchUp is one of the easiest interior design software to use. It runs right in your web browser, while its interface is straightforward and intuitive feeling more as if drawing by hand, instead of using a digital tool.
It is also incredibly flexible, allowing you to import objects, both from your library and SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, and customising them to give your project a unique touch.
SketchUp is perfect for homeowners who want to renovate their house and get a realistic 3D visualisation of their ideas. However, professionals might want to upgrade to a paid version that comes with more features, like AR viewing and unlimited cloud storage.
If you already have a good laptop that works well for web design, Sketchup shouldn’t be a problem to run on your computer. But its minimum requirements are 1GB of free hard-disk space, 1 GHz processor, and 4GB RAM.
Roomstyler is another comprehensive web-based design software, simple enough so that even homeowners can easily navigate and play around with.
In fact, the interface is so straightforward, you don’t even need to watch tutorials or use a template. You simply drag and drop elements like walls, windows, doors and furniture, and you can see your design instantly both in 2D and 3D. There is also the option to import pieces from real-life brands so you can not only plan your room design, but your furniture shopping list as well.
Elements are still customisable and you can even move the camera view from different levels to get a better visualisation of the space.
As the name suggests, this free home design app shines when it comes to designing the perfect floor plan. With Floorplanner anyone can create an accurate layout—you can draw and drag walls to the correct size or enter the dimensions by hand.
This software also has a fantastic interior design function that lets you add furniture and other elements from the 150,000 item-library with ease, rendering the design in both 2D mode and 3D mode.
Used by 25+ million people, this web-based free house design software is the go-to choice for homeowners and professionals alike.
Planner 5D is another immersive, beginner-friendly free house design software. With this tool, users can build their dream home from scratch or use a template that they can decorate with customisable items from the software’s 5000+ catalogue. When done, the tool takes a photo-like image of your work that you can share with friends or potential clients.
In addition to in-browser, Planner 5D is available for download for Windows, Android, macOS and iOS. This means you can use it on your iPad when you’re out and about or when you need to put together a quick floor plan.
Cedreo offers free house design software created and used by home builders, contractors, remodelers and interior designers.
The main appeal of this software lies in speed. In fact, Cedreo promises that professionals can create 2D and 3D floor plans, furnish with over 7000 customisable items and complete the project with photo-like 3D renderings—all in just two hours. Thanks to its intuitive interface and drag and drop function, it can certainly deliver.
In fact, Cedreo streamlines the entire design process in three easy steps, helping professionals close contracts in less time and with more efficiency.
One of designers’ favourite free room design tools, HomeByMe hosts several advanced features in its free version, including a user-friendly 3D planner, incredibly realistic HD images, and 2D and 3D renderings of the final design.
HomeByMe has a rich library of 20,000 real-life furnishings from some of the biggest brands, such as Pottery Barn, Wayfair and Crate & Barrel. You can incorporate these into your design and get a better estimation of the total cost at the same time, as every piece comes with a link to the shop.
In addition, HomeByMe has a vibrant community of users who share their creations to give you even more inspiration and ideas.
If you are out of ideas, Smartdraw could be the best tool for the job.
This software offers 100+ templates and floor plan designs you can choose from and then tailor to your unique style and requirements. From importing light fixtures and landscape graphics to floor and countertop textures, SmartDraw has it all—you just need to click and drag to create your ideal space.
SmartDraw is also one of the best design tools for Windows, allowing you to download the desktop client and export your plans to any Office application. And if you’re looking to step up your interior designing skills, you can attend Kelly Wearstler’s 2-hour class to get more insights on creating better designs.
The only drawback—it’s free for seven days, after which you will have to upgrade to a paid plan.
One of the best free house design software available, Homestyler was originally developed by Autodesk in 2009, the company behind AutoCAD. It is now owned by Easyhome, but still delivers professional quality for home design requirements.
Like other tools on the list, users can build floor plans in 2D, decorate them with furnishings from real brands and then see the space in its entirety thanks to the software’s 720 panorama view. All items can be tailored to your preferences, so you can adjust the colour, texture and size to fit your vision.
Homestyler’s free version is packed with tonnes of additional features, including unlimited 1K rendering and a catalogue of 100,000+ free 3D models and materials. If you have a drawing tablet, a laptop or even just a smartphone, you can easily create designs on your device.
A sofa is the central piece of any living room and DFS, one of the largest sofa manufacturers in the UK, knows this. That’s why the company has included a handy, intuitive and completely free room designer on their site letting you build an entire room around your chosen sofa.
Similar to Roomstyler, you can drag items in the room you’ve created and then play around with design elements that will complement your sofa. The DFS Room Planner gives you access to all the company’s models, so once you see how the sofa looks in your room simulation, simply add it to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout.
Thinking of remodelling your floors, but having a hard time deciding on a material and style? Carpetright Flooring Visualiser will get rid of any doubts.
Simply upload a photo of your room, or select a sample one, and choose new flooring. The visualizer has a wide range of materials (carpet, vinyl, wood or laminate), styles, patterns and colours to choose from. If you like what you see, you can order the flooring straight away or book an appointment at the store right off the menu.
Whether you are a designer, home remodeler or homeowner, these design tools are invaluable when it comes to conceptualising a space and sharing your design ideas with other people.
So, pick one and start creating your dream home. Or try several from our list—they are all free!
Floorplaner is the best free floor plan software as it’s great for both beginners and professionals.
Yes. SketchUp is one of the best software used by architects and interior designers.
Yes, it is considered one of the best free interior design software as it offers a wide range of functions, features and over 150,000 items in its basic version.
I'm an interior architect by education with a tendency for content writing and research. Whenever I’m waiting for the engine to finish rendering my model, I love reading and researching on a wide variety of topics. I especially love writing content that is backed up by thorough research and relevant data. Given my engineering background, I'm more for the empirical data, not the "I couldn’t help but wonder..." vibe. When I'm not busy writing or drawing, you can find me hiking with my beagle or binge-watching in my bed. There is no in-between.