Design Your Layout Before You Payout

Apartment Design AppsStarting with a clean slate in your new apartment? Before you buy or rent furniture, take advantage of some savvy smartphone apps that can help you plan your furniture’s layout.


With just a few snaps of your iPhone or iPad camera, the MagicPlan app can provide an estimated measurement of a room. MagicPlan’s ability to draw out a space helps alleviate the stress of having to break out the old measuring tape. Plus, you can share your floor plans in various file formats with others, all for free!


Ever wish you could see how your new decor or furniture will look in your space before you buy it? With Homestyler, you can do just that! This top-rated app provides a high-quality 3D rendering of your home, while allowing you to change wall color and add/remove items from the model. Plus, the Homestyler app is available for both Android and Apple users.

Color Capture

Speaking of wall color, there are lots of great apps to help you with the little parts of decorating, too. Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture app lets you take a picture of any color and matches it to a paint strip. Coordinating colors and palettes also appear for you to contemplate color schemes, and even find the exact color matches when it comes time to paint.

Floor Plan Creator

For Android users, this app allows you to freely manipulate space in your floor plans to see what works and what doesn’t. Use symbols to mark doors and windows, use all dimensions of your rooms to plan the décor in totality, and use props like “TV” and “sofa” to imagine the room. If you’re worried about getting all the furniture you need for your new home, consider rental furniture to save time and money.

Floorplans Pro

If you’re really serious about setting up your home just right, this app takes the cake. It costs a little more, but you can calculate exact square footage in seconds, edit dimensions of furniture to make it exact, and import PDF and JPG files.


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