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The Best Online Kitchen Design Tool

By Tim / March 12, 2017
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Planning and designing a new kitchen or renovation is a lot of fun and can be done as a DIY project without enlisting the help of a professional. Kitchen design software (both free and paid) makes this process a lot easier given that a lot of variables go into it. Using kitchen design software is a great starting point in getting organized. You also get to visualize your final kitchen better especially with 3D software versions. You can start by viewing kitchen design images from where you can proceed to work with the software. Below are some paid and free kitchen design software options:

1. Chief Architect (Home Designer Suite)

This is a paid interior design kitchen design tool for under $100. It is very popular and can be used to design any room in the house, including kitchens. The design options and degree of detail is one of the best you can find. It is a PC download of 242MB in size, downloads in 1minute on broadband and 9hours 50minutes on dial-up. It allows you to design in both 2D and 3D or both simultaneously and allows you to take a virtual tour. One can quickly get started with how-to videos containing step by step instructions together with free technical support. Chief Architect is currently only available to customers in the USA on Amazon.

2. ProKitchen Software

This is a 3D, paid kitchen design software option that includes products from more than 300 appliance catalogs and manufacturers allowing you to visualize specific products in your kitchen before you purchase them.

3. 2020 Design

This paid kitchen design software offers advanced designs such as light adjusting detail in the graphic design, offers importing of 3D shapes and 360degree views. 2020 Design highlights include Quickbooks integration which allows you to synch your business account information to generate accurate invoices for clients. To get a free 30day trial, you must, however, request for it but has very impressive renderings.

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4. HGTV Kitchen Design Software

This paid kitchen design tool is quite affordable and can be instantly downloaded and offers many kitchen designs. It allows you to import pictures of your current kitchen or use the kitchen design wizard to do so from scratch. It also allows for easy selection of materials such as paints, fabrics, cabinets, appliances and flooring. It gives photorealistic 3D views and allows you to take a virtual tour.

5. Punch Software

This is a popular, reasonably priced, paid design software that does not, however, have a stand-alone kitchen design software. You can, however, use it to design the kitchen plus any other rooms in the house. Punch offers different design software packages ranging from $34.99 - $399.99.

6. Backsplash, Cabinet and Counter Software

This free tool is easy to use for testing backsplash patterns, countertop designs and cabinet colors against each other.

7. Home Stratosphere’s Interior Design Software

This free interior design software includes a kitchen module and is completely available online. It includes 3D designs and allows you to save your work projects. You can start designing from scratch, and it also offers many design templates to choose from.

8. Planner 5D

Planner 5D mobile App

Planner 5D, a free kitchen design tool, gives very real-looking interior design renderings and has a great kitchen design module. You can use it only to design your kitchen, but this option significantly limits you compared to other design software programs. To get your kitchen design, customize it from the software’s extensive catalogs and then make photorealistic HD 3D renders and visualizations.

9. Homestyler

Homestyler is a free, popular, online interior design software that offers 3D output and has a great kitchen module. Using this software, you first plan the layout/footprint then choose a kitchen module to input specific kitchen items such as countertop and cabinets. It also offers a kitchen design video tutorial to help you get started with the software. It is also super-fast.

10. Home Hardware Kitchen Design Tool

It offers one of the best free kitchen design software platforms with several templates to choose from even though you can decide to start from scratch. It is completely available online; you do not, therefore, have to download anything.

11. IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner

This free, easy-to-use software is great if you intend to buy an IKEA kitchen, which looks good yet doesn’t cost a fortune. It allows you to choose appliances, cabinets and even doors to fit the exact measurements of your kitchen.

12. Lowe’s Virtual Kitchen Designer

This free, high-quality online software offers a kitchen-specific design platform that allows you to choose from existing templates or start from scratch. You can however only insert Lowe’s products into the design limiting your products range.

13. Roomstyler.com

Roomstyler.com is free and offers an easy-to-use online 3D design platform with a kitchen module. It is one of the only options that offers cookware, glassware, utensils and other kitchen appliances. This allows you to design the kitchen to the very last detail.

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