It used to be that you'd have to use graph paper and cut out shapes to move around the paper to work on the furniture layout. You'd locate windows and doors and then try to figure out if your pieces will fit in the space you have. Or you might have drawn the floor plan several times on the graph paper, erasing and changing as pieces fit or didn't fit.
Today, all that paper planning can be done with decorating and design software and online programs.
It's not all fun and games, though. You'll still have to take careful measurements and place the windows and doors where they are. But you'll get lots of help from the software, determining the bulk of pieces, that footprint they'll make on the space, and
Needless to say, all programs are not created equal, and some of them are difficult to use, the choices are limited, or colors are not accurate when printed out on your printer. But on the whole, the software design programs make the work of space planning and room design easier and more efficient.
If working on the computer is not your favorite, you might want to check out The Home Quick Planner. This kit contains hundreds of precut, 1/4-inch scale, reusable peel and stick furniture and architectural symbols, plus a Floor Plan Grid. You can use the planner to knock down walls and move furniture, fixtures, cabinets, windows and doors.
Another alternative to computer planning is provided by E-Z DECORATOR™ Design and Decorating System. The simple “Peel and Press” model allows anyone to have a visual representation for decorating projects. Various combinations of rooms, furniture, and other decorating elements are available in sets ranging in price from $299 to $1545.
Read on for more design software products.