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Best Free Software for Interior Design 

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Thanks to technology and 3D rendering and modelling, interior design on paper no longer takes precedence. Countless 3D modelling, rendering tools, and exceptionally skilled artists have transformed the design industry. Presenting your clients with a mock-up interior design no longer follows the millennium-old pencil-paper approach. Multiple advanced software applications have replaced this conventional method of design with an innovative one that benefits both the designers and their clients equally.

Interior design comes explicitly with 3D rendering software that allows artists to create astonishing interior designs. While most 3D software requires an annual subscription, some are free to use. As a beginner (or even an intermediate), these free software for interior design will give you an initial push in your journey as an interior designer. Let’s look at some of the best free software for interior design.

 

9 Best Free Software for Interior Design

 

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Cedreo

Cedreo is a web-based free software for interior design. It arguably ranks amongst the topmost recommended 3D software for interior design. It has a wide array of toolsets and features that allow designers to create highly detailed 2D or 3D plans for the interiors and exteriors of a building. Furthermore, it has a library of more than 7000 customizable pieces that you can use in your projects. The library includes a vast collection of materials, furniture, and decorations.

Boasting an intuitive interface, Cedreo is suitable for beginners and veteran interior designers alike. It can create basic 2D designs and photorealistic renders of an interior design. It’s a highly versatile software that will get you through most of your interior design projects without any significant hiccups. The workflow is so smooth that it allows you to draw a complete house in less than two hours, making it the ideal interior design software for urgent projects.

The best part is that Cedreo is 100% cloud-based, meaning you don’t need to carry all your files around in a drive. Being 100% cloud-based also allows the software to sync your projects throughout all your devices. It has a free version has limited functionality, but it’s enough to satisfy your needs. Cedreo also has a paid version that costs around $79 per month, although we won’t recommend the paid version as there are better and cheaper alternatives around.

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Sketchup 

SketchUp is a versatile multi-purpose tool known for its outstanding home-design capabilities. Thanks to its plethora of tools and features, it’s trusted and recommended by many interior design professionals worldwide. While the pro version of SketchUp suits professionals better, its free version is ideal for beginners and intermediate home designers. The design tool is powerful enough to produce high-quality renders.

Meanwhile, this free software’s intuitive and user-friendly interface makes the process smoother. SketchUp has a well-defined, intuitive interface that’ll make you feel like you’re working with a pen and paper. Yes, it’s that easy to understand and follow.

As mentioned above, this free interior design software is versatile enough to handle most home design projects. Whether you’re building an extension to your home, renovating its interior, or creating an entire design from scratch, SketchUp packs enough features to help you with every aspect of your design.

The premium version of SketchUp, dubbed SketchUp Pro, can be more helpful for you if you want to make a career out of your design skills. To access SketchUp Pro, you must opt for a yearly subscription of $299 per user. SketchUp Pro has a remarkable set of features to help professional interior designers. Likewise, the accessible version of SketchUp is ideal for sharpening and practising your skills, even if you want to carry interior designing as a hobby.

Planner 5D

Planner 5D lets you experience your designs in the most engaging way possible. It allows you to experience your designs as if you’re walking through them with your feet virtually on the ground. Furthermore, Planner 5D works on multiple platforms, including iOS and Android, which allows you to work on your designs anytime and anywhere. With features that can satisfy beginners and professionals alike, Planner 5D arguably is one of the top-ranked software for interior design. It has templates that allow you to present your clients with a high-quality, quick floor plan.

However, you can start from scratch and create a plan that you can later convert into a 3D photorealistic image based on your imagination. Overall, Planner 5D has all the features to help you with your interior design projects. It’s time to increase your sales conversions or sharpen your skills. Either way, Planner 5D will take your interior design experience to the next level.

The workflow of Planner 5D couldn’t have been smoother. Add the floor and adjust its size, shape, material, and colours. Next, add the desired furniture, accessories, windows, and doors. That’s it—your interior design is ready to close deals for you. As mentioned above, you can carry your designs with you on your iPhone, iPad, or even your Android phone; you no longer need a disk drive.

Meanwhile, while anyone can expect Planner 5D to be priced heavily considering the features and convenience it provides to its users, the software generally demands no payment. If you’re planning to get into interior design, Planner 5D is arguably the best free software for interior design.

Roomstyler 3D Home Planner

Roomstyler is so easy and convenient to use that you won’t even require any additional video tutorials to understand its fundamentals. Still, this free software for interior design provides a tutorial video for every feature available in the software, making it one of the ideal choices for beginner interior designers.

Meanwhile, boasting an intuitive interface, Roomstyler allows you to work with products from real brands. This feature alone can boost your career as an interior designer since you’ll be able to use purchasable products in your designs. Seeing familiar and accessible products in designs leaves a more profound impact on the viewers. In addition, you can also expect to see an increase in conversion rates after you start using Roomstyler for your interior designing projects.

This free software for interior design is web-based and works on any web browser like Chrome and Firefox, allowing no room for compatibility issues. Furthermore, it will enable the seamless function of multiple machines. For example, you can continue working on your projects on an Android phone that was initialized on your primary device, which also runs Windows or macOS. Such versatility is rare to see in any free interior design software.

However, the software lacks features that make it unsuitable for professional work requiring complex designs. It barely has any features that make it capable enough for professional use. At the same time, you can’t expect much from free software for interior design with such excellent versatility. It’s straightforward to recommend Roomstyler 3D Home Planner to any beginner interior designer.

Floorplanner

Floorplanner is another great interior design software that doesn’t require any specific operating system compatibility. It’s a web-based software that runs in any web browser. Floorplanner is specifically made for people who are a little short on specs and hardware. As the name suggests, the software gives outstanding results when designing your home’s floor.

However, the software packs enough features to make you ace in any aspect of interior designing. Competing with SketchUp and Cedreo, Floorplanner has an excellent user-friendly interface that is explicitly tailored while keeping beginners in mind. However, the software is also suitable for professional use. It allows easy editing; you can design your home’s layout, put furniture and objects, create doors and windows, etc. Without any hiccups. Furthermore, to make things even better, the software allows real-time viewing in 2D and 3D, enabling a thorough assessment of your design.

Floorplanner has a free and paid version to suit beginners and professional interior designers alike. The premium version, however, has many additional features that the free version lacks. So, if you’re a professional, you may consider purchasing the paid version of Floorplanner, which costs around $30 monthly. Considering the features and flexibility it provides its users with, the pricing is pretty reasonable. Meanwhile, this free software for interior design is relatively easier to use, increasing your ROI even further.

Infurnia

Infurnia has gained a remarkable position in the design industry by providing reliable, high-quality services for free. It has all the features that interior design software should have. Infurnia particularly stands out in its ability to connect you with your fellow designers. You can easily create a custom room to connect and collaborate with multiple artists from all across the globe. It also enables you to interact with fellow designers in the design process, making learning from professionals easier.

Whatever you throw at it, from designing modular kitchens to creating photorealistic renders of a home’s interior, Infurnia can do it all in a breeze. It has 2D drafting tools like AutoCAD, making it easier for you to create 2D detailed maps. Infurnia also allows you to convert these 2D designs into accurate 3D depictions. You can use objects and materials from the online library or create your own. Either way, it allows you to connect with other designers in the industry and share experiences.

Infurnia has a paid version as well as a free version with slightly nerfed functionality. While the paid version is ideal for professionals by many industry experts, the free version packs enough power to help beginners and amateur interior designers. Furthermore, since Infurnia is a web-based free software for interior design, it enables easy device-switching without losing any data, making it platform-independent. Also, it increases the accessibility of the software as there is no need to download heavy, power-hungry applications anymore, although it does come at the cost of robustness.

Substance by Adobe

The name says it all: Adobe is known to create leading design software, and Substance is a perfect example. Adobe Substance is specifically made for those who are already familiar with the basics of interior design. However, it does have helpful tips and tutorials embedded throughout the UI to help beginners with their projects. It allows designers to create highly detailed textures for their interior design projects. Adobe’s optimisation is visible in the software, allowing you to browse online libraries containing hundreds of high-quality photorealistic materials and textures you can add to your projects. These materials can also integrate with graphic engines like Unreal Engine, Unity, etc., to provide you with the best-quality textures and materials.

However, such functional software isn’t free, although it has a 30-day free trial. Even then, the performance and functionality that Adobe Substance can provide far outweigh its cost. The Adobe Substance suite contains three applications: Substance 3D Designer, Substance 3D Stager, and Substance 3D Sampler. You can enjoy a 30-day free trial for each software included in the suite. Afterwards, you’ll be required to pay a monthly or annual fee to continue using the Adobe Substance suite.

Sweet Home 3D 

Sweet Home 3D is way more straightforward than most competitors, making it one of our most recommended free software for interior design for beginner designers. Sweet Home 3D presents you with a vast range of objects and materials in the software’s online library that you can add to your projects. The free home designer software follows a beginner-friendly approach, providing users with drag-and-drop functionality to enable easy editing. Thanks to such massively straightforward features, Sweet Home 3D demands no prior skills or experience in interior designing. Also, mastering this free software is a piece of cake for inexperienced designers.

Sweet Home 3D follows a similar workflow to Planner 5D; you start with the floor and add walls to your design. Then, you must drag and drop objects such as furniture, doors, windows, etc. Moreover, this free interior design software even allows you to tweak various aspects of the objects, such as their colours and sizes. For your convenience, Sweet Home 3D allows you to draw your designs in 2D and simulate them in 3D (in real time).

In addition, a virtual 3D tour through your design (that you can record) is a cherry on the cake for you and your audience. Such a perfect blend of versatility and a straightforward UI is rare in most design software, especially the free ones. There is a separate version of Sweet Home 3D that requires no upfront payment or subscription. While the free version comes bundled with 100 pieces of furniture and 26 textures, the paid version of Sweet Home 3D comes packed with 1500 pieces of furniture and 418 textures. It also has bits of advancements and some extra features embedded throughout the UI. However, the free version has enough to meet your requirements.

Homestyler 

Homestyler is more of a beginner-friendly free software for interior design or home design with an intuitive and responsive UI. It was initially owned by none other than Autodesk (with Easyhome being its current owner). The optimisation and smoothness of Homestyler reflect how perfectly and carefully the software is built for its users. Even though it has many features to get you through your basic interior design tasks, we still can’t recommend Homestyler for professional use (the free version).

In any case, Homestyler is an ideal free software for interior design for beginners to practice and sharpen their skills. To simplify the process, Homestyler allows you to pick and edit demo templates, materials, and even entire projects. The software has an intuitive interface that’s easy to use and master.

Homestyler comes in 3 different packages: Free, Pro and Master. While the free version has features that can make ends meet for you as a beginner, you can’t do much with the free version if you’re a professional interior designer. Meanwhile, the pro and master versions have many additional features to help you ace any project. The pro and master versions of Homestyler are priced at $19.9 per month and $39.9 per month, respectively.

Conclusion 

Choosing suitable free software for interior design is the least you can do to kickstart your journey as an interior designer. It becomes beneficial if you lack the resources to run heavy 3D modelling software in your system. Furthermore, carefully choosing suitable software in the initial phase can save you a lot of hassle while switching software.

Considering that most free design software severely lacks quality and features, the list gets tight when choosing the best free software for interior design. Still, we’ve managed to filter out the nine best free software for interior design that can help you whether you’re a beginner or a certified professional. You shouldn’t be surprised that some of these software (including SketchUp) can even outperform some subscription-based interior design software.

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