Planning a new kitchen layout is a simple task when you have design programs to help you. With many programs, you can manipulate furniture, walls and even doorways with a few clicks of the mouse. Try different arrangements to see which best suit your purposes and which are most appealing to the eye. Let kitchen-layout design programs turn a tedious task into a simple and engaging activity.
IKEA Kitchen Planner
Use the IKEA kitchen planning tool (see Resource 1) to create a new kitchen and play with the layout on your own computer screen. You won't have to drag out extra paper and pencils or even move from your chair. After you design your kitchen, you can view it in a three-dimensional format. You can play around with different colours and print out your favourite designs. This kitchen-planning tool is available as a free downloadable program for PC users. If you have any other layout-planning programs on your computer, you must uninstall them before running this program.
Smart Pack Kitchen Layout Program
Smart Pack (see Resource 2) offers kitchen-layout designers the opportunity to work with its free layout-design program, which you can use on the Internet or download onto your hard drive. This program lets you design your kitchen to your own specifications. It helps you analyse costs, pick your finishes and view your design in 3-D. If you want to be able to save your designs or e-mail them, you should download the program, which works on both Macs and PCs.
Use Templates for Kitchen Layout
Programs such as the free kitchen-layout design program offered by SmartDraw (see Resource 3) offer templates to help you get going on your designs. You can download software with built-in templates so you can pick rooms that are similar to your own project and then customise them to suit yourself. It comes with a library with thousands of ready-made graphics to use in your kitchen design. You don't have to be an artist. The kitchen-layout design program automatically helps you arrange and align everything perfectly. It even includes textures for countertop and flooring design. This program is available for PC users.
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