15 Best Online Kitchen Design Software Options (Free & Paid)
It’s never fun going through a kitchen renovation, but it sure is fun planning and designing a kitchen.
With today’s kitchen design software you can easily plan and design your new kitchen on your own. There’s also plenty of software options for designing every aspect of a home as well as some really helpful paint visualizer software options.
There’s a lot of variables to consider when planning out a kitchen, but fortunately software steps you through it pretty nicely.
Since the kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in a home, careful planning is important. You don’t want to have to renovate your kitchen reno.
Why use kitchen design software?
It’s a great starting point, especially if you’re going to hire a custom kitchen builder or cabinet maker. You can take your plans to them so they have something to work with.
Of course if you’re going to build your own kitchen, plans are a necessity.
Finally, using today’s incredible software (especially the 3D versions) allows you to visualize your kitchen much better than a simple black and white 2D drawing.
Kitchen design software tip: Start by looking at kitchen images. Once you find a kitchen design you like in an image, work from that with your software.
Amazingly, many companies offer free kitchen design software online. Some are available online while others must be downloaded.
Below is our list of free and paid design software options that include kitchen design.
Table of Content
- 15 Kitchen Design Software Options
- A. Free Options
- 1. Backsplash, Cabinet and Counter Software
- 2. Home Stratosphere’s Interior Design Software (Includes Kitchen Design)
- 3. Planner 5D (FREE)
- 4. Homestyler (FREE)
- 5. Home Hardware Kitchen Design Software (FREE)
- 6. IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner (FREE)
- 7. Lowe’s Virtual Kitchen Designer (FREE)
- 8. Roomstyler.com (FREE)
- 9. Floor Planner (FREE for 1 plan)
- 10. Prodboard Online Kitchen Planner
- B. Paid Kitchen Software Options
15 Kitchen Design Software Options
A. Free Options
1. Backsplash, Cabinet and Counter Software
You can play with this right here. Very easy to use to test backsplash patterns, cabinet colors and countertop designs against one-another.
2. Home Stratosphere’s Interior Design Software (Includes Kitchen Design)
Check out our free interior design software that includes a kitchen module. No download. It’s completely available online.
Includes 3D designs and you can save your projects.
=> Click here for Home Stratosphere’s interior design software.
3. Planner 5D (FREE)
I like this free design software. For a free option, it renders very real-looking interior designs.
While it designs entire homes and offices, it has a great kitchen design module. In other words you can use it to design just your kitchen. The downside to this option is the design options for your kitchen is more limiting than other design software programs (but it is free).
=> Click here for Planner5D
4. Homestyler (FREE)
Homestyler is an immensely popular online interior design software option (largely because it’s free and offers 3D output).
This particular program offers a kitchen module.
How it works is you start with planning the layout/footprint. From there, you choose the kitchen module so that you can input kitchen-specific items such as cabinets, countertops, sinks, appliances, etc.
i. Design the footprint/layout
ii. Furnish and decorate the Kitchen
=> Click here for Homestyler
Here’s the Homestyler Kitchen Design Video Tutorial:
5. Home Hardware Kitchen Design Software (FREE)
Home Hardware offers one of the best free kitchen design software platforms.
They have an online option dedicated to kitchens and includes several templates to work from (or create your own from scratch).
The entire software platform is available online so you don’t have to download anything.
=> Click here for the Home Hardware kitchen design software
6. IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner (FREE)
The IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner is great if you’re going to buy an IKEA kitchen.
I’ve purchased my fair share of IKEA furniture and furnishings over the years. Their products are hit and miss.
I like IKEA kitchens because they look good, yet don’t cost a fortune.
As for durability and quality, I can’t speak to that because I’ve never had an IKEA kitchen.
=> Click here for the IKEA Kitchen Design Software.
7. Lowe’s Virtual Kitchen Designer (FREE)
You have to love the big home reno companies like Lowe’s and Home Hardware. They create high quality online tools that you can use for free (with the hope you’ll buy products from them of course).
Lowe’s offers a kitchen-specific online design platform. Like Home Hardware above, this option offers pre-designed templates that you can work from (or start from scratch).
The one downside is the products you insert into the designs will be limited to products sold by Lowe’s.
=> Click here for the Lowe’s Kitchen Design Software
8. Roomstyler.com (FREE)
Roomstyler is an easy-to-use online 3D design software option with a kitchen module as well.
Like many other platforms, you start with the layout/footprint, and then add the individual design elements. With Roomstyler, you simply choose the kitchen module with which you can complete the kitchen design.
Interestingly, Roomstyler is one of the only options that offers cookware, utensils, glassware, other dishes, small kitchen appliances, etc.
You can really design the kitchen to the last detail (although I’m not sure how helpful adding dishes and utensils is to your kitchen plan).
=> Click here for Roomstyler
9. Floor Planner (FREE for 1 plan)
Floor planner lets you create one design for free. You must pay for additional plans.
Floor Planner is a good option for creating layouts or blueprints. So if you’re looking to toy with kitchen layout ideas, this is a good option.
If, however, you’re looking for a fancy 3D rendering of your kitchen design, I suggest trying a different option.
=> Click here for Floor Planner.
10. Prodboard Online Kitchen Planner
I’m very impressed with how real the kitchen plans are generated by Prodboard’s 3D kitchen planner.
While Prodboard focuses on selling a license to its software to businesses, you can use the kitchen planner for free here.
Here are a few results:
B. Paid Kitchen Software Options
1. Chief Architect (Home Designer Suite) – PAID
It no doubt is very popular.
It’s a robust software package that can design any room in your home, including kitchens.
While it’s hard to say whether it’s better than Punch or not, you probably won’t be disappointed. The degree of detail and design options is second-to-none.
=> Click here for Chief Architect Software
2. ProKitchen Software (PAID)
ProKitchen is a paid kitchen design software option that works on both Mac and PC. It produces designs in 3D.
One nice feature is that it includes products from over 300 manufacturers and appliance catalogs. This way you can visualize exact products in your kitchen before committing to any purchase.
This software also produces designs in 3D.
ProKitchen Software Video Demo:
3. 2020 Design (PAID)
2020 Kitchen Design software offers some advanced design options such as the ability to adjust lighting in the graphic design, create and view 360 degree views and import 3D shapes.
While it’s widely used by pros, anyone can use it. You do, however, need to request a 30 day free trial (I don’t particularly like it when you must request and wait to use something).
The renderings are very impressive. The image to the right is a rendering of a kitchen design created by 2020 Software. It almost looks real.
4. HGTV Kitchen Design Software (PAID)
If you’re into interior design and your home, you no doubt have watched HGTV. If I were restricted to one TV channel, I’d choose HGTV.
HGTV offers several interior and exterior design software programs including one dedicated to kitchen design.
It does cost money, but it’s not too pricey and you can instantly download it.
Paid design software generally offers more options when designing. You’ll notice this pretty quickly when using the free options. If you wish to design every last detail, it’s worth spending a few dollars on a paid version.
=> Click here for the HGTV Design Software.
5. Punch Software (PAID)
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The bad news is they don’t have just a kitchen design software option. The good news is when you get the full interior design suite program, you can design a kitchen plus any other room in the home.
It’s reasonably priced. Again, paid products will offer much more than free when it comes to detail and options.
=> SAVE 25% OFF Punch: Click here and use coupon code HSPNCH25 at check out.
Read our Punch! software review here.
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