If you want to draw up a new floor plan for your home, office or just about any kind of space, we’ve taken a look at the very best Mac compatible floor plan and home design software in 2020.
Floor planners are an easy to map out new layouts making it easier to identify problems, save time on costly errors and visualize your ideas more clearly.
If you need to make a social distancing floor plan for an office so that employees can return to work safely after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the floor plan apps reviewed here make it easy to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.
Nowadays, you don’t need complex CAD software to redesign your home, office or living space.
The best floor planners like our top choice SmartDraw make it extremely easy to create or redesign office or home layouts in minutes.
It’s important to be aware from the start however that there’s a difference between home design software and floor plan software.
If you’re more interested in redesigning your home and interior design, you’re better off going for something like the excellent Live Home 3D For Mac which goes way beyond just floor plan creation.
Home design software also allows you to visualize interiors in 3D, choose furniture materials and even do Virtual Reality walkthroughs in some cases.
Floor planning creators on the other hand are for exactly that – mapping out layouts for offices, real estate, homes etc. They don’t usually have many interior design tools for remodeling your home.
However, floor planners do have the advantage of being simpler, faster and usually cheaper then interior design tools if you don’t need all the features of a home planner.
They’re also far better suited for creating social distancing seating diagrams than home or interior design software,
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With this in mind, here are the best floor plan creators and house design software for Mac of 2020 in order of ranking.
SmartDraw is the best floor planning tool for Mac for creating 2D floor plans quickly and easily.
Particularly if you need to make a social distancing floor plan for an office, SmartDraw makes it quicker and easier than any other tool on Mac or PC.
In fact we also voted it the best CAD Software for Mac for doing 2D designs because it makes the normally complex business of architectural planning easy enough for anyone.
SmartDraw is Cloud based so it works on all platforms including macOS and Windows and you can start designing within seconds of signing-up.
SmartDraw feels like something that was designed for macOS which isn’t surprising since the developers created it mainly using Macs as a user friendly alternative to Visio in mind.
One of the things that’s really impressive in SmartDraw is the sheer number of floor plan templates available.
There are literally thousands of Quick Start templates and symbols including a huge number of ready-made floor plans which you can personalize very quickly.
These include detailed templates for office floors, conference floors, event floors, warehouse floors and reception floors.
SmartDraw’s floor plan creator allows you to quickly add structures like walls, windows, doors and then decorate them with stamp furniture, appliances and fixtures.
This includes bathroom fixtures, lighting fixtures, cabinets, office furniture, wiring, plumbing, HVAC, security systems, plants, landscape elements and many more.
There are also plenty of textures to choose from for flooring, countertops and different types of furniture.
The other really clever thing about SmartDraw is that it automatically snaps objects and shapes into place to keep floor plans neat and symmetrical.
This is surprisingly time-saving rather than having to manually align and adjust shapes.
You can share floor plans easily via a link online, PDF or transfer it to Microsoft Office and Google apps.
If you want to import Visio floor plans on your Mac, SmartDraw will also import Visio VSD and VSDX files.
It’s also the only tool for Mac that can export to the latest Visio 2016/2019 VSDX format if you want to send a floor plan to a Visio user on Windows.
Other things that really stand out that make SmartDraw so easy to work with are the ability to floor planning tools have has been updated to make it easier to:
- Set angles just by typing
- Show the distance between a corner and openings like doors and windows
- Change scales from architectural to metric instantly
- Draw and print to scale more easily
- Adjust dimension lines
- Adjust walls more easily
- Improve the rotation of shapes attached to walls
You can get started now with SmartDraw for free to judge for yourself.
You can also read many more reasons why we like it in our review of SmartDraw.
- Very fast and easy to create floor plans
- Automated floor plan templates do the hard work for you
- Excellent for creating social distancing floor plans
- Exports to Microsoft Office, PDF, Google apps and Visio VSDX format
- Very versatile, can be used for many different types of diagrams
- Ideal for collaborating with others
- No mobile app (although works on mobile via browser)
- Not suitable for 3D floor plans or interior design
If you need something that goes beyond just floor planning, Live Home 3D (formerly known as Live Interior 3D) is by far the best home design software for Mac we’ve tried.
There are many things that make Live Home 3D stand out from the crowd and the developers have clearly put a lot of thought into how to make home design easy, visually striking and fun.
The interface to Live Home 3D is perfect for beginners to home design as it’s so clear and logically laid out without being overwhelming.
The graphics in general are also superb with high quality 2D objects and highly realistic 3D rendering.
You can design in 2D and 3D with a selection of furniture and objects from the vast Trimble SketchUp 3D Warehouse which allows you to download thousands of objects and models.
In the Pro version, you can also import SketchUp 2020 models into Live Home 3D and edit them.
You can switch between 2D and 3D at any time and with no waiting around to see how your designs look close up. Just click on “Walk” at the top of the interface to walk through your new office or home design.
The overall attention to detail in Live Home 3D is amazing with around 2,100 materials to choose from – if the building material exists then it’s probably in Live Home 3D.
If an object isn’t in the library, you can also import them in Wavefront .OBJ format.
There are Arc Wall and Straight Wall tools for different shapes and you can easily drag and drop doors onto the walls to add them into your plans.
You can also share designs directly to social media, as well as export to PDF, JPG, PNG, TIFF and HEVC encoding for making high quality videos.
Even more impressive is that you can export to USDZ format which means you can view any piece of furniture, a room or an entire house in AR using iOS Quicklook on your iPad or iPhone.
Live Home 3D is also very hot at keeping-up with the latest Macs and versions of macOS. It’s the only interior design software for Mac we’re aware of that is optimized for using the Touch Bar in the latest MacBook Pros.
It’s also fully integrated for saving to iCloud and to take advantage of 64 bit architecture in the latest versions of macOS. Live Home 3D also supports the Dark Mode in the latest version of macOS Mojave and Catalina.
Live Home 3D is available in two versions – Standard and Pro but the Standard version is very basic.
To do things properly we strongly recommend going for Live Home 3D Pro as it includes essential features like unlimited floor levels, furniture and impressive full HD walkthroughs.
For a limited period you can get almost 30% off Live Home 3D Pro for just $49.99 compared to the usual price of $69.99 too.
The standard version of Live Home 3D is just $19.99 compared to the usual price of $29.99.
We also recommend buying directly from the developer rather than the Mac App Store because you’ll get updates much quicker than having to wait for them pushed through the App Store.
You can also buy 600 additional add-on materials for Live Home 3D such as different types of carpet, wallpaper and bricks for a small fee.
You can find full details on Live Home 3D pricing here and there’s a 30 day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with it.
There’s also our full review of Live Home 3D for a more detailed look.
- Mac desktop app
- Powerful yet easy to use home design tools
- Huge choice of interiors, furniture and materials
- Impressive 3D rendering and walkthroughs
- Excellent value
- Limited landscaping tools
- No support layers
- No direct support line
Homestyler was originally made by Autodesk, the makers of the industry leading AutoCAD for Mac software and was an incredibly powerful home design software for Mac and PC.
It discontinued the product in 2017 but it has been continued as a somewhat lighter version under Chinese ownership by Easyhome.
The surprising thing is that Homestyler is still completely free to use but still feels like a professional interior design app. The only requirement is that you sign-up for an Easyhome Homestyler account.
The latest version of Homestyler has recently been given a facelift with a new interface that’s streamlined and more responsive than the old Flash based one.
Creating interiors in Homestyler is simply a case of dragging and dropping elements in your web browser.
You can add small details like grass, gravel and water elements to add realism to your blueprints. It even allows you to import and export DWG files.
When it was owned by Autodesk, Homestyler could even provide pricing for your mock ups although unfortunately that is no longer possible. However, the new owners have added some interesting touches such as 3D walk throughs, an enhanced furniture library and mobile apps with Augmented Reality.
These allow you to take a photo of a room and then start decorating it with products immediately from the Easyhome catalog which really brings things to life.
You can also share designs made in Homestyler to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.
It’s really amazing that Homestyler is a free home design software on Mac and if you just want some fun redesigning your home, you can’t do much better.
- Easy to drag and drop interior design elements
- Easyhome catalog integration
- 720 degree panorama views of designs
- More complicated to learn than Live Home 3D
- Not as many interior design elements and objects as Live Home 3D
Roomle is a very attractively made 2D and 3D room planning app for Mac and iOS that makes it very easy to redesign your home or office.
Roomle is very slick and extremely well thought out making it easy for beginners to floor design to create professional and attractive looking home design blueprints.
Roomle is aimed more at business that want to plan where to place Point of Sales (POS) in shops although it can easily be used for private residences too.
Roomle is free to use for private use although you need to register in order to save designs, send directly via email and work on more than design at once.
For professionals or furniture buyers, pricing plans are only available on request.
Roomle has a surprisingly minimal interface with very few visible tools.
Roomle puts a big emphasis on walls and floors giving you full control over the thickness, material and type of walls and floors in your designs.
You can very easily change floorings, wall colors and drop furniture from Roomle’s extensive catalog of objects and materials.
The smart thing about Roomle is that it’s integrated with the furniture catalogs of major manufacturers such as Ikea, Samsung and Vitra meaning you can use (and purchase) objects from these brands in your designs.
You can plan in both 2D and 3D and use the 3D orbit view to get a birds eye or ground level view of how your redesigned home or living space would feel like for real.
There is less detail in the 3D view compared to the other interior design apps featured here
The export options are also limited – there’s no DMG support for example and you can’t share directly to social media but you can save files in JPG format.
You can also print them directly from your browser or the Roomle iPad/iPhone app.
The Roomle iOS app is one of the best mobile home design planning apps we’ve tried allowing you to pretty much everything you can do in the web version.
There’s even a Roomle Viewer VR app which allows you to view rooms with any VR viewer on iPhone.
Considering Roomle is completely free to use, it’s an amazingly accomplished interior design app for Mac users.
You can see Roomle’s impressive 3D walk-through in action below:
- Impressive VR walkthroughs
- Simple, clean interface
- Use your iPhone to map out and edit a room
- Suitable for private homes or businesses
- Ikea catalog integration
- Focuses more on Point of Sale (POS) design than home interiors
SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) has evolved from a free online 2D design tool that was once owned by Google to a very powerful 2D and 3D modelling software that produces professional interior and architectural designs.
Chip and Joanna Gaines use SketchUp to redesign houses in the HGTV show Fixer Upper.
SketchUp was known as Google Sketchup until 2012 when Trimble Navigation bought it and turned it into a powerful, professional 3D architectural software.
The professional version of SketchUp is SketchUp Pro which is a professional tool costing $299 per year and there’s a more limited version SketchUp Shop which costs $119 per year.
However, there is also a basic free version for non commercial use called SketchUp Free which works online allows you to model in 3D for free with a generous 10GB of online storage.
The free version is perfect for hobbyists although professionals in architecture, construction, engineering and commercial interior design will need SketchUp Pro.
There are also far fewer templates in the non Pro versions of Sketchup to get you going although it’s very easy to create them from scratch.
One thing that Google SketchupPro really excels in is furniture and objects – there’s an enormous database of 3D models of just about any type of furniture or object – for chairs alone there are 35,000 choices.
SketchupPro isn’t cheap at $695 but it’s a very powerful professional house planning and interior design tool.
There are many SketchupPro video tutorials to help you get started.
Does both 2D and 3D design
Draw freehand if you want
Lots of objects and items to design with
Lots of extensions to enhance functionality
Limited free version
Advanced features only available in the Pro version
Floorplanner is a very slick dedicated online floor plan software that uses your phone or iPad to capture rooms and then aggregate a floor plan.
Floorplanner is designed mainly for Real Estate Professionals that need help creating professional and striking floor plans on Mac.
With an iPhone or iPad, you can use the camera to turn around and mark the corners of your space.
When you’re done, Magic Plan automatically creates a floorplan that you can then edit or modify.
Floorplanner conveniently snaps items and objects into place to keep your designs both geometrically correct and tidy with minimal effort.
There are even convex tools to help you create complex rounded walls and dividers in floor plans.
Floorplanner allows you to create designs in 2D but you can render them in 3D.
This is a really nice touch as it allows you to better visualize what your floor plans will look like if you were standing in the room.
The good thing is that you can use Floorplanner for free although this only entitles you to one saved floor plan.
You then need to pay $4.99 for each additional floor plan or you can pay $14.95 which entitles you to 5 floor plans per year with additional floor plans at $2.99 each.
The Pro version is $29.99 per year and gives you 15 floor plans and additional floor plans $1.99 each plus it allows you to brand floor plans.
Floorplanner is great for beginners and professionals alike and although it’s not the cheapest floor planning software for Mac available.
- Can render 2D plans in 3D
- Uses your phone or iPad to capture rooms
- Specialized for Real Estate Professionals
- Convex tools to create complex rounded walls
- Expensive cost per design unless you subscribe
It’s hardly surprising that furniture giant Ikea has gone into the world of interior design software and Ikea Home Planner is Ikea’s way of helping you re imagine your home (and then buy its furniture of course).
Ikea Home Planner is actually a plugin for Chrome, Safari and Firefox that allows you to create home design blueprints in your browser.
Although it’s nowhere near as advanced as most of the other software featured here, it is completely free to use and fine for creating simple mock-up plans.
Ikea Home Planner allows you to place objects around a floor space to rearrange your home in 2D and 3D. The smart thing is you can “look” around the room at ground level in 3D mode to see exactly how your new home design would feel.
Of course, because it’s an Ikea product, you can get pricing for all of the objects so that you can order them in store or online where available.
Of course, you are limited to objects and furniture in the Ikea catalogue although as anyone that has been to an Ikea will know, that’s pretty extensive. It’s also limited to lounge and kitchen planning.
- Free To Use
- Easy to get started
- Only allows you to use Ikea objects
- Very basic toolset
Home Design 3D is a simple but popular app for designing and remodeling your home or house. If you’re looking for something cheap and suitable for total beginners to home design, it’s ideal.
It’s easy to use, quick and has an active community of users to share ideas and get feedback on your designs from.
Note that although it’s free to download, the free version is useless as you can’t save anything.
One useful touch to Home Design 3D is that you can also do landscaping although we’d generally recommend using landscaping design software for this anyway.
There’s also a Home Design 3D app for iPad and mobile devices.
Home Design 3D isn’t the most sophisticated interior design tool and dragging can sometimes be laggy but for less than $20, it’s surprisingly good.
Easy to use
Good value for money
Includes landscaping tools
Dragging and rotating items can be slow
Lucidchart is another easy to use cloud diagramming software that makes designing floor plans very easy on all platforms.
Lucidchart is suitable for everything from home and office floor plans to planning the most efficient traffic flow at an upcoming convention.
Lucidchart is similar to SmartDraw although it has a Chrome extension which allows you to work offline as well.
Although it has far less templates than SmartDraw, it still has plenty to complete floor plans quickly and easily including for offices, homes, events, receptions and warehouses.
You can also import and even export to Visio format although it doesn’t export to the latest Visio VSDX format and you’ll need a Team subscription or higher in order to do this.
You can share floor plans online via link, export to PDF and use a special presentation mode which strips away the interface and just leaves your floor plan.
Lucidchart also has an iPad app which allows you to create floor plans on the move.
Overall, Lucidchart is a simple, convenient and fast way to draw floor plans on macOS.
You can read more in our full Lucidchart review.
You can also try Lucidchart for free.
- Slick mobile app
- Works offline with Chrome extension
- Good for team collaboration
- Easy to adjust scale
- Many features require a Team plan
- No automated templates
ConceptDraw Diagram (formerly ConceptDraw Pro) is a professional drawing tool which is suitable for creating complex diagrams of all types including floor plans and building designs.
ConceptDraw has a wide variety of templates for things such as office layouts, piping and instrumentation diagrams, heating and ventilation systems, air conditioning (HVAC) and emergency exit plans.
You can also just have a bit of fun with it such as map out the floor plan for the apartments in Friends but at $199, it’s an expensive tool to just indulge in a bit of doodling.
However, if you’re looking for an all purpose diagramming tool or an alternative to Visio for Mac users, it’s definitely worth taking a closer look.
You can check out our full review of ConceptDraw Diagram for more.
You can also try a free trial of ConceptDraw before buying.
- Versatile, does lots of diagramming types
- Mac and Windows desktop app
- Suitable for complex floor plans
- Not many objects or interiors
How To Draw a Floor Plan On Mac
Although the tools here make it possible to draw professional looking floor plans on your Mac, you’ll get the most out of them with a certain amount of advance planning and a structured approach.
Here’s a few tips on how to draw a floor plan on your Mac.
- Outline What You Want To Achieve
Decide on what you want to get out of your floor plan including a list of features, requirements and maximum dimensions.
- Get The Right Dimensions In Place
It’s important to make sure you measure the dimensions of the room or space you’re targeting not forgetting dimensions of the furniture and features you want to put in it.
- Make A Rough Draft
Drag & drop basic structural elements like walls or rooms onto your canvas. You must then ensure that your floor plan is drawn to scale.
- Add Furniture & Interior Elements
You can then get down to the more interesting job of adding furniture and appliances. Some floor plan tools also allow you to upload your own custom images and items if you can’t find them in the library.
- Get It Checked
Always get someone else to cast a fresh pair of eyes over your floor designs to double-check them for errors and get a second opinion on things.
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