Designing and planning a kitchen from scratch isn’t easy and if you want everything to be exactly the way you want it you have a lot of work to do. A good organization and some knowledge in the field can definitely come in handy but luckily we now also have a lot of apps and software programs which can help with this massive task. Some are very professional and details and some are more casual and market-oriented. Let’s quickly review some of the options.
IKEA Home Planner
As you can imagine, since this is a free product offered by Ikea, it’s more of a marketing tool than a detailed, stand-alone design program. The Ikea Online Kitchen Planner lets you pick a style and enter your measurements and then gives you the tools to furnish the space with Ikea products, offering a rough estimation at the end.
SketchUp is a 3D modeling tool which isn’t specifically designed for interior design purposes but can be very useful if you want to create a 3D rendering of what your dream kitchen could look like. You start by drawing lines and shapes and then pushing and pulling the surfaces to turn them into 3D forms and you don’t have to create everything from scratch because you can find ready-to-use models for pretty much everything. Sure, it might be missing a few things which professional architects might find useful but you shouldn’t have any problems creating a mockup of your kitchen using this software.
The Prodboard online kitchen planner is a useful tool which allows users to style their kitchen using catalogue products and custom dimensions and colors after which they have the option to place an order. This puts the user in contact with furniture manufacturers so it’s a marketing tool with some useful functionality, similar to the Ikea planner.
With HomeStyler you can design your home in 3D and visualize the space live so you get a better understanding of how it would look and feel like in real life. No installation is required since this is a browser service. You can use it to plan your entire kitchen and more and you can choose your favorite designs from a large collection of real furniture products. Of course, this means you’re limited to certain options which is not exactly great if you want your kitchen to be custom-made.
Punch Design Software
From paid software such as Punch Interior Design Suite you can expect a whole lot more details and options. This one comes with all sorts of tools and features which allow you to design your kitchen (and other spaces) from scratch down to the smallest detail like the window treatments, light fixtures and more. You can experiment with different materials, colors and dimensions and try out different layouts and design solutions before you actually change anything in your home. One of the coolest things about this software is that it lets you import images to your designs.
Another tool you can use for planning and designing your new kitchen is SmartDraw. It’s not meant to only be a design program but you can use it as such by taking advantage of its numerous cool features and customization tools. With SmartDraw you can create floor plans and mockups and you can easily store and share your creations.
Space Designer 3D
If you’re serious about creating and customizing your kitchen, Space Designer 3D is one of your best software options. With it you can draw your floor plan just the way you like, customize the interior design with your preferred materials and furniture pieces and then visualize your design in 2D or 3D and even explore it in VR using a mobile virtual reality headset.
Virtual Architect Instant Makeover 2.0
Virtual Architect Instant Makeover is another useful tool which can be used to design and customize both the interior and exterior of a space. It’s great for home improvement projects and makeovers and you can use it to visualize possible layouts and decors before committing to a real-life design. You can use your own digital photos in the process.
Home Designer Interiors 2019
Home Designer Interiors 2019 is another very useful piece of software which stands out from other similar options through the fact that in addition to its own built-in database containing thousands of objects it also offers access to a variety of third-party databases. This allows the user to enjoy a rich and customized experience and to design their kitchen exactly as desired. Being such a detailed tool with lots of different options, it takes a while to get used to the software and to actually learn how to use it. That being said, this is not the best option for casual users.
You’re probably already familiar with Houzz. They have a great mobile app which is constantly updated and enriched with new features. The app lets users find inspiration by browsing tons of pictures and stories, to find tips and advice from professionals and also to see how furniture pieces, accessories and decorations would look like in their own home by adding them to their own photos.
A lot of the more specialized, desktop apps we’ve mentioned earlier bring all sorts of tools and features which are definitely useful but which make the whole experience less simple and user-friendly. That’s why, by comparison, mobile apps such as Planner 5D are better for simpler tasks. With this app you can create a detailed plan for your kitchen without any professional skills and right from your mobile device. It’s great if all you want is to visualize how a certain design idea you have could look like in real-life or to explore several design possibilities so you can then choose your favorite one.