So, as I mentioned before, we rescinded our offer on the short-sale house. I was not optimistic that we’d find another house we wanted to buy anytime soon (how wrong I was!), so pretty much immediately I started trying to figure out how we would make our one-bedroom apartment work once baby boy needed his own space. (I was figuring we had 4–6 months after he was born before he should move out of our bedroom, based off of what other people had told me.)Anyway, I spent a night after work trying to find a decent floor-planning tool to help me visualize how we could rearrange our furniture to be more space efficient. Most of the tools I found were sponsored by furniture companies, so you were only allowed to fill up your virtual room with furniture from their stores. Even the ones that weren’t sponsored by particular furniture manufacturers didn’t really let you customize the size of furniture. I didn’t see how this could be helpful to anyone, and it definitely wasn’t helpful for me: almost everything we own is old—from thrift stores, Craig’s List, or hand-me-downs from kind relatives—so I wasn’t going to find what I needed in any tool’s catalog.
Most of the tools that were more customizable weren’t very user-friendly. Also a problem.
But after looking at about 10 different planners, I finally found one that would work: plain old Floorplanner.com. The furniture is customizable, and it’s fairly easy to use. The tool was actually designed for people who plan lots of rooms & spaces (e.g., realtors), as there’s a pay version where you can mock up multiple properties. But they’ve made a free version available to people like me who just want to plan one living space. With the free version, you can have one two-floor project going at a time. Works for me!
To the right you can see the redesign I threw together of our living room—the space we currently use most inefficiently in our entire apartment. (Chances are we’ll never implement this design, though, because we’re already under contract on another house!)