Moving into a new place, or doing some interior redecorating, and not quite sure how to arrange the furniture? You could drag your sofa, tables and chairs around your home. Or try an approach that faster—and less painful for your back: dragging your sofa, tables and chairs around with your computer mouse. That becomes an easy and fun proposition at the new website awkwardly named The Make Room.
The process starts by setting up an online outline of the room you redecorating. The website offers six pre-made templates to choose from, though you can also create your own plan by entering the dimensions of your room. Dragging the walls around will let you model oddly shaped rooms. You can place doors and windows anywhere and even make curved walls.
After you’ve finished mocking up your room, it’s time to add furniture. The Make Room is a website hosted by Urban Barn, a Canadian seller of contemporary furniture. So, unsurprisingly, the site is geared towards designing with Urban Barn’s furniture offerings. Click on their Bahama King Bed, for instance, and an exactly to scale rendering of that bed will appear in the room. Happily, The Make Room will let you design with your own furniture too. You can also add all manner of other objects into your design, including gym equipment, house plants, electrical wiring and even pets and musical instruments!
The Make Room website also allows users to combine multiple rooms (and garages and patios and other outdoor spaces) into an entire floor plans. Everything can be colored in too, making the design look super-snazzy.
For serious design work, especially anything that involves 3D rendering, you’ll probably want to get special software for the task. There are several powerful yet user-friendly options on the market; some, like the NexGen 3 Home & Landscape Design software, are extremely reasonably priced. But The Make Room works great basic room redesign tasks. The site is free to use —and additively fun to play with.
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