Whether you're mapping out the rooms for a new home or trying to find the best arrangement for your furniture, the best solution is creating a floor plan. The problem is professional architects and designers will charge you a small fortune for this type of work even though you probably already have ideas for the perfect floor plan in your head. The key is getting it out of your head and onto the screen.
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Visit FloorPlanner.com, which offers free interactive tools for creating all types of floor plans.
Click on "personal" on the right-hand side of the screen. Click "Signup now."
Enter your e-mail address, and create a password. Click "Sign up."
Click "Start a new plan" on the next page.
Use the elements in the "Construction" window to draw the rooms of your floor plan. You can either replicate your existing home, or you can create a new home. With the construction tools, you can outline your floor plan, erect walls, add doors and windows or place comments within your floor plan.
Use the drop down menu in the "Library" window to choose the various elements of your floor plan. Start with the "Structural" category. This will allow you to place basic structural elements, such as a staircase, balcony, fireplace, bath fixture or heating unit.
Go through each category in the "Library" window, placing the objects you want from each one into your floor plan. The categories include "Doors & Windows," "Living," "Bedroom," "Kitchen," "Bathroom," "Rugs," "Plants," "Garden Objects," "Office," "Miscellaneous," "Party/Events," "Sport and Play," "Symbols" and "People." To place an object, simply drag-and-drop in into your floor plan.
Tips and warnings
- Click the "Demo" option from the top menu bar. This will allow you to get a feel for how the site works before you start creating your own floor plan.
- Click the "Save now" option frequently to make sure you don't lose any of your work.
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