How to Create House Plans: See Free Online Programs

Imagining how the house will look after it is ready is the desire of those building or renovating. To help calm this anxiety, it is possible to use online programs that allow creating plans and decorating environments. Learn how to make house plans:

With them, you visualize how your house will look authentically and, still, you have the opportunity to define the best position of the furniture and decoration objects. Therefore, more than a tool to get rid of anxiety, these programs help you decorate and furnish your home. In the end, you can visualize the project in 2D and 3D. Some programs even take photos and videos of the environments.

And if you think you can’t handle using one of these programs, they are effortless to use. With just a simple registration, you have access to the tool and start building your floor plan.

How to create house plans online: programs and tools

Check below some of the most used programs for creating floor plans online and how to use them:

1. 3Dream


3Dream works completely online and free of charge. With it, you can design the house you want quickly and easily. To use it, you need to create a registration on the site; then, you can build and assemble entire environments from the floor to the ceiling. You choose the colour of the walls, the materials used and the textures.

Then add the furniture and decorative objects. Try to use the measurements as close as possible to the real thing, so you will have a very close notion of how the project will look after it is finished.

3Dream offers a wide variety of objects to be inserted in the house. However, as they do not come in a gallery, it is necessary to search for them through the search field. In this case, the search must be performed in English, the original language of the program, and perhaps this makes it a little difficult for the user who does not master the language.

After finishing the project, you can view it in four ways, ranging from the simplest and fastest to the most complete in 3D. The site allows you to take photos of the environments and forward them by email.

3Dream is limited to only two projects, 25 photos, and only 10% of the object catalogue in the free option. The paid version, on the other hand, allows unlimited access to the program’s functions.

2. Roomstyler


Roomstyler is the most complete and varied site when it comes to furniture and decorative objects. There are thousands of options available for you to create the environments you want. The site is linked to an online shop (MyDeco) that sells all the furniture and objects available in the program. However, this option is only valid for the USA and UK.

The site is simple and very easy to use. To set up a project on it, you need to create an account. After completing the project, you can view it in 3D and take photos.

3. AutoDesk Homestyler

AutoDesk Homestyler

Autodesk Homestyler belongs to the same brand that created programs such as AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max. The program is one of the most complete for planning floor plans online, and the best thing is that it runs entirely online and is 100% free. Just enter the site and make the registration, then just access, from any computer connected to the internet, the design of your house.

The program gives you the option to create a floor plan from scratch or use a ready-made model available in the galleries. The website also offers hundreds of objects and furniture for you to decorate and, once everything is ready, you can even take photos of the rooms and visualise them in 3D. Autodesk Homestyler also has integration with social networks.

4. Roomle


Roomle is a much simpler program to use, but it doesn’t have many options of objects and furniture to be inserted in the floor plan – there’s only one model of the sofa, for example.

For this reason, it becomes an excellent option for those who want to make a quick and uncomplicated plan, just marking the place where each piece of furniture will be, without worrying about the natural form that the project will have after it’s finished.

With a simple registration on the site of the program, you can access the floor plan of your house from any computer connected to the Internet. Roomle, unlike most of the programs, has a Portuguese version.

After finishing the project, you can choose the type of 3D view since the program offers two: a more straightforward, lighter loading one and a more elaborate one, which takes longer to load. Despite the two 3D options, the presentation quality isn’t excellent.

However, despite the setbacks, Roomle is worth testing.

5. Floorplanner 


Floorplanner is a good option for those who do not master the tools of more advanced programs. To use it, you need to create a registration or access through a Google account.

Once the project is ready, you can view it in 2D or 3D, with excellent quality. The program has a Portuguese version, which helps when using it.

Floorplanner also has a paid version and a free version. The minimal free version allows you to create only one project, and there is no possibility of taking photos or producing videos of the environments. Despite the limitations, it is one of the easiest to use and has the best final presentation.

Because of this, we will present you with a short tutorial on how to use it to create your house plan online. Check it out:

Change the floor and place the furniture


After creating the entire floor plan structure, you can modify the type of floor of the house. To do this, double click on the surface area of the drawing and a box similar to the one in the image will be displayed. There, you can determine the type of flooring – carpet, wood, cement, grass, etc. – you wish to use and set the colour and texture.

Inserting the furniture and decorative objects is also very simple. Click on the armchair displayed in the menu in the top left-hand corner and click on the category. Soon below, you will see a drop-down menu, click on it, and it will open all the available options divided by rooms, such as kitchen, living room, garden, bedroom, among others.

After selecting the desired category will appear in the table below the furniture and objects related to the type. In this case, it is possible to view them in 2D and 3D. Please choose the desired furniture by clicking and dragging it to the drawing surface. Position it in the desired location.

Double-click on the furniture, and you have access to all the options for modifying it. You can rotate the table, change its measurements, duplicate and delete it if you wish.

Another way to insert the furniture is to type the name of the desired object in the search field. If you search in English and not many options are presented, try searching with the term in English.

Don’t forget to eventually click on the “Save” button so that your project is saved. You can see how your project looks by clicking on the 3D button located in the upper right corner of the screen.

Now that you know how to use the program, you have to have fun and plan your house in as much detail as possible.

Fabrizio Romanio

I'm a freelance writer and digital marketing expert with more than ten years of experience working in startups. I've worked on successful launches, managed content, and performed SEO audits for companies that span the gamut from ecommerce to tech and everything in between

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