11 Best Free Floor Plan Software Tools in 2019

Jasmine Lee
Jasmine Lee  |  January 29, 2019

Floor plans provide an aerial, scaled-down illustration of a space.

They can be comprehensive, like a house blueprint, showing all interior and exterior space, or granular, like an apartment floor plan, visualizing how a space might looking once it’s finished and furnished.

Floor plans are usually drafted by architects and used by builders and contractors, interior designers and real estate agents.

What is a floor plan?

The purpose of a floor plan is to give a representation of how a space is set up in terms of fixtures, dimensions and spatial relationships. They help people understand whether areas are suited for their intended purpose. For example, shared office workspace planners must take into consideration both functionality and inspiration to get ahead of the competition by offering tangible, desirable coworking space benefits.

As you can imagine, creating floor plans can be laborious.

Enter: Floor plan software.

Top free floor plan software in 2019

Floor plan software has myriad uses, including office space planning, facility plant floor planning, and venue management planning. Even parking lots benefit from floor planning!

(This post will focus specifically on architectural and real estate design planning. Software that facilitates warehouse and equipment floor planning is a different topic.)

Happily, free floor plan solutions exist. Some are bundled within comprehensive CAD software solutions while some are add-ons or standalone tools.

The products listed above span multiple categories on G2 Crowd. Categories sampled include: general-purpose CAD software, building design and building Information modeling (BIM) software, diagramming software, and real estate virtual tour software. The 11 products listed here have more than 100 validated user reviews on G2 Crowd as of Jan. 17, 2019. They represent a small portion of both the 22 sampled categories (and a whopping 2,900-plus reviews) and overall number of categories and user-generated reviews on our platform.

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Products are ranked by number of reviews, then by satisfaction score, then alphabetically.

For each product we provide:

  • An overview
  • Highlighted features
  • Free and paid options details

For products with G2 Crowd verified user reviews, we have included:

  • G2 Crowd star rating
  • Reviews highlighting what users like and dislike
  • User recommendations for these considering the product

The list we’ve outlined here includes any construction, CAD, BIM, or architecture solution with an available free offering. It should be noted that this does not include products that are only free on a temporary basis, such as limited trial versions for new users. They may only support one user or one project, but they’re truly free offerings. Scaling, however, will often require full investments.

1. SketchUp

Product Name: SketchUp Free
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.4 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 281

SketchUp is a user-friendly 3D design tool that is used for drafting and modeling,  designed to emulate the feel and freedom of working with pen and paper. All versions of SketchUp, including SketchUp Free, can be used in any industry that benefits from drawing and modeling applications. Therefore, SketchUp can be used in any stage of the construction design process by architects, designers, builders, and engineers.

SketchUp floor plan Image courtesy of SketchUp

Free option:
  • SketchUp Free allows users to draw in 3D in a web browser.
Paid option:
  • SketchUp Pro costs $695 for an initial license. SketchUp Pro comes equipped with LayOut, a tool used to create, annotate, export and save SketchUp documentation.
Features:
  • 3D drawing and modeling
  • Supports import of reference images and documents
  • Light rendering
  • 3D object warehouse
  • 3D rendering
  • Integration with Trimble Connect

2. AutoCAD Architecture

Product Name: AutoCAD Architecture
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.1 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 121

AutoCAD Architecture adds to the features of AutoCAD a toolset that’s tailored to the needs of an architect. It leverages AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) objects (that is, walls, doors, and windows) as design elements and uses those symbols to create realistic and spatially aware, three-dimensional floor plans.

AutoCAD Architecture floor planImage courtesy of AutoDesk

Free option:
  • The student version of AutoCAD Architecture is free for students and educators for three years.
Paid option:
Because AutoCAD Architecture is a toolset bundled within AutoCAD, the pricing structure reflects the one for AutoCAD. AutoCAD’s license can either be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription. Pro and Business plans include pay per user per month, unlimited projects and unlimited sheets
  • Monthly: $195
  • One year: $1,575
  • Two years: $3,150
  • Three years: $4,725
Features:
  • Drawing documentation and annotation
  • Styles browser and tool palettes
  • Object database
  • Renovation mode
  • AEC object styles
  • Supports import of Revit grids

3. Civil 3D

Product Name: AutoDesk Civil 3D
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.2 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 113

Civil 3D from AutoDesk is a BIM solution designed for civil engineering design and construction companies, but its features can technically be used to create a 3D house plan. However, because Civil 3D provides users with a set of surveying and civil engineering tools,  house plans will most likely not produce the detailed floor plans that more granular design companies prefer.

Civil 3D floor plan softwareImage courtesy of AutoDesk Civil 3D

Free option:
  • The student version of AutoDesk’s Civil 3D is free for students for three years.
Paid option:

Civil 3D’s license can either be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription

  • Monthly: $870
  • One year: $2,155
  • Two years: $4,310
  • Three years: $6,465
Features:
  • Elevation surveying and analysis
  • Property type labeling
  • Construction drafting and annotation
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Integration with Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD and AutoDesk products

4. AutoCAD LT

Product Name: AutoCAD LT
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 105

AutoCAD LT is a 2D CAD drafting and documentation software that can be used on either a Windows or Mac operating system. Essentially, AutoCAD LT is the 2D version of AutoCAD, a stripped-down version with a lower price tag. However, AutoCAD LT still fulfills the technical diagramming and drafting needs of contractors and construction companies.

AutoCAD LT floor plan softwareImage courtesy of AutoCAD LT

Free option:
  • The student version of AutoCAD LT is free for students for three years.
Paid option:

AutoCAD LT’s license can either be purchased as a monthly or yearly subscription.

  • Monthly: $50
  • One year: $390
  • Two years: $780
  • Three years: $1,170
Features:
  • 2D drawing, documentation, and annotation
  • Intelligent dimensioning
  • Integrates with AutoCAD’s catalog of products
  • Publishes to web browser for sharing
  • Web and mobile applications
  • Supports import of a variety of PDF formats
  • Technical support

5. SmartDraw

Product Name: SmartDraw
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.9 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 23

SmartDraw is an org chart maker that offers an online floor plan creator for easy use, sharing and collaboration. SmartDraw’s chart and diagram templates are used to create visuals for businesses that are simple to present. Its floor plan creator can be used by anyone with an internet connection and comes equipped with architectural design symbols and file sharing applications.

SmartDraw free floor plan softwareImage courtesy of SmartDraw

Free option:
  • The online version of SmartDraw is free.
Paid option:
  • SmartDraw’s single-user edition costs $9.95 per month and comes with ready-to-use templates and an extensive symbol library. The single-user version supports integration with file sharing solutions and Visio import and export.
  • SmartDraw’s multiple-user edition is $5.95 per month per user for more than five users. The multiple-user edition provides team administrative and collaboration functionality and customer support.
Features:
  • Professional, intelligent diagramming
  • Export to Microsoft Office, Google Docs and Google Sheets
  • Ready-to-use templates
  • Drag-and-drop functionality
  • Automatically scales room dimensions
  • Supports import to and export from Visio

6. Sweet Home 3D

Product Name: Sweet Home 3D
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.9 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 10

Sweet Home 3D is an open-source interior design application that can either be downloaded or used in a web browser. As its name implies, it allows users to view the finished 2D floor plans in 3D for context and presentation. Sweet Home 3D is designed to be used by non-professionals. The program runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Sweet Home 3D free floor plan softwareImage courtesy of SweetHome 3D

Free option:
  • The entire Sweet Home 3D software can either be downloaded or accessed in a web browser.
Paid option:
  • Because Sweet Home 3D is an open-source tool, there is no paid option available.
Features:
  • 2D design, 3D view
  • Drawing tools with precise dimensions
  • Measurements of fixtures like doors and windows
  • Furniture catalog
  • Floor plan annotation
  • Blueprint import
  • Integration with Java plug-ins

7. Draft it

Product Name: Draft it Free
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 1

Draft it, from cadlogic, is a full-featured, 2D CAD drawing software that provides architects with 3D modeling, drafting, and detailing tools. Draft it equips architects with powerful drawing tools and supports the import of AutoCAD files and various design components and symbols. Users can leverage Draft it’s four editions to get the most bang for their buck.

draft it free floor plan softwareImage courtesy of cadlogic

Free option:
  • Draft it Free can be used indefinitely even after the 15-day trial. The free version allows users to create, modify, and save floor plans.
Paid option:
  • Draft it Plus costs £20, a low-cost upgrade. Draft it Plus allows users to create templates, take advantage of additional input options and access more drawing tools.
  • Draft it Pro costs £99 and adds a professional look to the finished floor plan design. Draft it Pro provides users with an extensive symbol library and supports the import of AutoCAD files.
  • Draft it Architectural costs £199 and is designed for building planning, to be used by architects, building designers and real estate agents. Draft it Architectural provides users with an automatic 3D model viewer, even more architectural symbols, and the ability to get highly granular with dimensions and measurements.
Features:
  • 2D CAD design
  • Metric and imperial units
  • Powerful drawing tools and editing functionality
  • Architectural design symbols
  • Dimension tools

8. Floorplanner

Product Name: Floorplanner
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 1

Floorplanner makes it easy to create floor plans in 2D and 3D and then share interactive versions of those floor plans online. Floorplanner comes equipped with an “auto-furnish” feature that lets you easily decorate rooms within your floor plan. Floorplanner’s completed floor plans look professional and polished, ready for presentation.

Floorplanner floor plan softwareImage courtesy of Floorplanner

Free option:
  • Floorplanner’s free, web-based option supports one project, and is intended for casual use. (Paying users of Floorplanner can also leverage the free version, which exists as training module within paid versions.) If the user begins work on other projects that require the use of Floorplanner, they can pay an additional $4.99/project fee. The free plan includes the attachment of photos and videos to enrich completed floor plans as well as access to the Floorplanner iOS mobile application.
Paid option:
  • “Plus” option costs $14.95 per year and supports five projects and 20 3D renderings per year. Extra projects cost $2.99 per project. The “Plus” option allows users to export the floor plans in high-resolution orin a variety of PDF scales, and make them interactive.
  • “Pro” option costs $29 per month and supports 15 projects per month and an unlimited number of 3D renderings. Extra projects cost $1.99 per project. The “Pro” option builds on top of the “Plus” options and allows company branding as well as multiple seat access.
Features:
  • Drawing tool
  • Furniture image library
  • Interactive floor plan in 2D and 3D
  • 3D, 360-degree panorama, and VR walkthroughs
  • Photorealistic rendering

9. RoomSketcher

Product Name: RoomSketcher (formerly RoomSketcher Home Designer)
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 1

RoomSketcher (formerly RoomSketcher Home Designer) design application allows users to create floor plans and home designs in 3D. Both professionals and individuals can use RoomSketcher’s floor plans, 360-degree view photos, and interactive 3D walkthroughs. RoomSketcher users can rely on floor plans that come equipped with accurate measurements, render those plans in 3D and panorama, and even customize the finished home design with custom colors and textures.

RoomSketcher Home Designer floor plan softwareImage courtesy of RoomSketcher

Free option:
  • RoomSketcher's core solution is a free design tool that facilitates drawing, measuring and presenting drawn-from-scratch or templated design plans.
Paid option:
  • Paid upgrades result in more powerful features that offer more customization and professional branding options for finished floor plans and room designs.
Features:
  • Ability to draw floor plans and home designs
  • Furniture and fixture database
  • Integrated measurement tools
  • 2D and 3D visuals and rendering
  • Interactive, 3D walkthroughs
  • Business branding
  • Blueprint uploads
  • Site plans and landscape designs
  • Print and download

10. PlanningWiz Floor Planner

Product Name: PlanningWiz Floor Planner
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Number of Reviews: 1

PlanningWiz offers both floor plan design services and a floor planner solution. The software can be used when designing both indoor or outdoor spaces. PlanningWiz is designed to handle the intricacies that specific industries might require when planning blueprints. It also offers tailored editions for designers in specific industries like property development or recreational facilities.

PlanningWiz free floor plan softwareImage courtesy of PlanningWiz

Free option:
  • PlanningWiz’s free solution is a WYSIWYG drawing tool that requires a login. With the free account, users can draw, decorate and save up to five projects in either 2D or 3D, but may not export or print out their designs.
Paid option:
  • PlanningWiz offers a “Grow” subscription that is suitable for freelancers. In “Grow”, users can create an unlimited number of 2D and 3D floor projects, and export and print them in medium resolution. “Grow” subscribers receive a 25 percent discount on PlanningWiz’s floor plan design services.
  • PlanningWiz’s Pro subscription lets professionals create high-resolution 2D and 3D floor plans, receive the same 25 percent discount, and add company logos.
Features:
  • Database of floor services
  • Database of doors, windows, walls, furniture, and decor
  • Drag-and-drop functionality
  • Variety of textures
  • Photo upload and import

11. Roomle

Product Name: Roomle 3D Floor Planner
G2 Crowd Star Rating: N/A

Roomle is a digital, 3D configurator that helps furniture designers advertise and display their stock. Roomle’s 2D and 3D room planning module helps real estate agents and interior designers use high-quality, engaging visuals to create interactive floor plans. Roomle’s floor planner supports virtual walkthroughs and easy sharing capabilities.

Roomle free floor plan softwareImage courtesy of Roomle

Free option:
  • Roomle offers a web application and iOS mobile app that are both free to download and use. (As of publication, an Android mobile app is in beta.) Users simply need to create a Roomle account to start creating floor plans and designing and furnishing rooms.
Paid option:
  • Roomle offers a white-label web application which starts at €200/month
  • Roomle business-specific pricing is on a quote basis and includes white-glove service
Features:
  • 2D or 3D floor plan visualizer  
  • Floor plan editor
  • File sharing, saving, and printing
  • 3D product database
  • Virtual walkthrough
  • Company branding
  • Virtual reality-agnostic
*Please note: Reviews have been edited for spelling, grammar and clarity.

Next steps for selecting a best free floor plan software

Determine what kind of software will best suit your floor plan needs. Are you an architectural firm who needs to create high-quality renderings of potential floor plans for your commercial real estate client? Are you a homeowner who wants to plan a renovation? Are you a real estate agent who needs to create and maintain both 2D and 3D floor plans to share with potential buyers?

Once you’ve determined your design needs, you must figure out your budget and your absolute “must haves.” Free floor plan solutions offer comparable functionality to paid floor plan software. It’s just a matter of whether your needs will be met with a scaled-down version of design tools.

Jasmine Lee
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Jasmine Lee

Jasmine is G2's senior research analyst for a slew of vertical categories, currently focusing on the trends, impact, and evolution of the healthtech, medtech, agtech, propertytech, and construction spaces. Prior to joining G2, she worked in the nonprofit sector in a copywriting and customer service capacity, and contributed to a handful of online entertainment and pop culture publications. G2 allows her to continue investing in her passion for digging into the nuances of consumer-focused, legacy industries in order to offer digestible, relatable insight to those same consumers.