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What Software Do You Use to Create Floor Plans?

Published: 10/05/2018
By: larry

LaserMeasuringManny in New York asks:

What Floor Plan creation software or app do you recommend? There are so many out there, it's hard to choose.

This sounds like an easy question but it's not. The first thing you need to do is analyze your local market so you clearly understand what your clients are willing to pay for and what kind of floor plans you are willing to create. On the high-end, there are products like Matterport, which is in high demand in upper-end markets. On the lower end, you can use an app like EZBlueprint.com, where you scan rooms and make the floor plans yourself. But typically, clients want floor plans integrated with photos and video in a home tour. This tour integration is available in products like FloorPlanOnline.com and GOIGuide.com.

There is a huge number of floor plan apps. Most people who do floor plans use some kind of laser measuring device to quickly measure rooms. A while back, we did a poll on which floor plan creation software is the most popular. Note that the top 5 were:

  1. FloorPlanner.com
  2. MagicPlan
  3. RoomSketcher.com
  4. FloorPlanOnline.com
  5. EZBlueprint.com

What is your favorite floor plan creation software?

10 comments on “What Software Do You Use to Create Floor Plans?”

  1. Larry

    What would really be great is to find out which out of all the solutions are best to use onsite. I "think" most floor plans are drawn on graph paper and then redrawn back at the office using software. You've got to draw it twice.

  2. @Wannabeyou - Yes, you are right the vast majority of floor plan creation methods, except for perhaps the more expensive scanning hardware methods like Matterport, involve just measuring and hand drawing onsite and then drafting or having someone else draft the final product afterward. There is no quick and easy and cheap method that I've heard of!

  3. @wannabeyou - With regards to a cost-effective solution to use "on-site" check out https://www.orthograph.net/

    I've used the program quite a bit and it's pretty incredible. It turned out to be a little overkill for what I needed but it's extremely intuitive and easy to use, plus you can get into it for about $250

  4. My company has been using PlanUp for 4 years now and it's the quickest, most efficient on-site floor plan app out there. I've researched pretty much every app out there, and PlanUp is the most efficient. No need ever to draw floor plans on a graph paper first. Everything happens on site. It's not cheap, though, as they charge monthly per floor plan drawn.

    Another one to consider is Floor Plans Pro. Much more user friendly than any of the floor plan apps listed above. Quite affordable, too. $15 one time app fee with unlimited floor plans.

    There really is no need to draw out a floor plan first on paper when you can do it on site. I've been drawing floor plans on site for 11 years and I've never heard of anyone drawing them out on paper first and then using an app later. Well, not true. There were a couple of times I forgot my iPad, so I had to draw them on site first and recreate them later in the app. 🙂 But as a standard practice, that sounds like a complete waste of time.

  5. Thankfully I don't do many floor plans any more but in my market the standard is for high quality plans, and none of the apps (bar one) I've seen have come remotely close to achieving that. The best I've seen (but not tried) is planedge.co.uk.

  6. I have been using Roomsketcher for several years now and I am very satisfied both with the user interface and the results, both 2D- and 3D-plan that can be generated from my drawings. In addition to the web-version of Roomsketcher, they have a tablet-app which makes it easy to draw your floor plan on-site even when you are offline, right on the tablet. It works really well.

    Generating 2D-plans are next to free, while generating 3D-plans from your drawing cost some more.

    http://www.roomsketcher.com

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