When you next get bored with your home then you could try randomly rearranging the furniture, until you find a layout that appeals. But if that sounds too much like hard work, then we may have a better idea. Sweet Home 3D is a free, open-source interior design tool that helps you plan out everything from a revamped room to entire new house, and includes a 3D preview of how your design will look, so you can get everything just right before you start work.
If you've tried similar tools before then you'll know that they can be very tricky to use, but Sweet Home 3D is different. Everything you need to "dress" a room is immediately available in a tree view: chairs, stools, bookcases, desks, sinks, beds, baths and more. All you have to do is choose what you need, drag and drop it onto the room area, and position the object to suit your needs.
As you work, the program can display and update an "aerial view" of your room, which alone gives you a very good idea of the layout. But if you want the true 3D effect, just click 3D View > Virtual Visit, then use the mouse to move around the room and see how it looks from different angles.
If Sweet Home 3D doesn't contain all the objects you need, then it's easy to add more. The Furniture Import Wizard can import 3D objects in OBJ, LWS, or 3DS formats, and there are plenty of compatible free models available online.
And if you want to share your plan with someone else, then the program can print it directly to a PDF document. Or you're able to export it as an SVG file, which may let them customise the design with their own ideas.
A simple way to create clear and attractive room layouts
Sweet Home 3D v6.5 changes include (see the full changelog for more):
- Added information about Java and Java 3D providers in About dialog box.
- Added com.eteks.sweethome3d.singleInstance system property which makes each launch of Sweet Home 3D run in a separated process when set to false.
- Fixed toggling magnetism when Alt key is released under Windows.
- Fixed a drawing bug of solid polyline joints.
- Adjusted the image scale of items of the plan copied to the clipboard to prevent out of memory errors.
- Accepted DAE files with empty mesh sources.
- Fixed a bug which removed the color or texture of a wall adjacent to a modified room.
- Fixed the top view in the plan of the mirrored furniture rotated around its Y axis.
- Used lower case for texture names exported to OBJ format to avoid possible conflicts on case insensitive systems.
- Fixed the deletion of folders in work directory when they contain subfolders.
- Ensured the message about version updates is displayed in front of preferences dialog under macOS.
- Added preferences to manage IDs and item names in SH3F and SH3T files in the Furniture Library Editor and Textures Library Editor.
- Added the ability to read default catalogs contained in Furniture.jar and Textures.jar files with the Furniture and Textures Library Editors.
- Added native support for Apple Silicon computers running with ARM processors.
- Notarized Sweet Home 3D installer under macOS.
- Replaced Oracle JRE 8u202 bundled in Sweet Home 3D installer by Azul OpenJDK 11.0.10 under Windows 64 bit and Azul OpenJDK 15.0.2 under Mac OS X ≥ 10.9.
- Upgraded JOGL library running with Java 3D 1.6.1 to version 2.4 RC 20210111 to ensure compatibility of Sweet Home 3D and Furniture Library Editor with Java 9 and above, but forcing these applications to use Java version ≥ 8 under Mac OS X ≥ 10.9 as well as with Java Web Start.
- Replaced Java 3D version 1.6.1 by version 1.5.2 for the distributions running with Apple Java 6 under Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.9.
- Updated the Ant scripts of Sweet Home 3D and Library Editors to allow project compilation with JDK 9 and above.
- Other minor bugs fixes and enhancements.