When it comes to designing a new room or redesigning an existing one, it pays to take the time to draw out the dimensions, place appliances, furniture, and accessories, and make sure you get the space, look, and layout just right. The reason for this is that it will save you time and money later when you get to making the changes.
It used to be that you, or your interior designer, had to use a piece of graph paper to draw the dimensions of the room, add the locations of the doors and windows and which way they opened, then draw the location of the items that would go in the room. This of course led to dozens if not hundreds of redraws – a huge waste of time and paper!
The smart interior designer would draw the plan of the room and then use cutouts of items to scale to place them on the plan, thus saving the effort of redrawing, but again this took time.
Fortunately, with the rapid development of computers and software, all of this has been eliminated. It’s still important to take the time to plan a room’s layout so you don’t waste money along the way, but that time has been dramatically reduced with the creation and evolution of interior design software.
Using sophisticated 3D CAD drawings, it is now possible to plan the room in all its dimensions, including height, place windows and doors more realistically, and then start arranging furniture, fixtures and fittings. You can even use it to choose color schemes by altering the color of the walls, ceiling, carpet, and even the furniture you plan to place.
You can then use the software to view the layout and design from any angle, even as if you were in the same room. This has the added benefit of allowing you to see what a room would look like when walking through a door, looking through a window, or even sitting on a chair or sofa! Powerful things!
Such is the power of interior design software that it has been adopted as a sales tool by kitchen designers and installers, bathroom designers and installers, as well as interior designers themselves. When they can show a client what a room will look like and modify things on demand, in real time, the chances of getting a sale are greatly increased.
It’s also good for the customer, as they’re much more likely to get the final product they wanted, whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or any other room.
Software companies have seen this and there are now specially developed packages such as kitchen design software and bathroom design software that contain the power of 3D computer aided design.
The development of this market has not only seen the capabilities of this type of software greatly improve, but has also seen the cost of purchasing the software fall, allowing interior design companies of all sizes, large and small , provide the same level of service to customers.
As 3D CAD software continues to evolve, the chances for businesses and consumers to save time and money by creating realistic renderings of final finished rooms only get better.