You’re designing a custom floor plan?


That’s awesome! ✨   


We love seeing how creative you can get.


Here are some of the programs we’ve found that are easy to use when customizing a floor plan:


1.  Illustrator

Good old Adobe Illustrator. This application is a go-to when it comes to designing your own floor plan for Remo, because it provides endless possibilities. The functionalities on Illustrator are known to give its users full flexibility to design what they want and how they want. However, it can be a little daunting or hard to use for first-time users. That being said, given its huge popularity, there are numerous online tutorials to help you learn how to design using Illustrator.


Available for both Mac and Windows, Illustrator is great option to get started with (especially with their 7 day free trial…). It is a separate application though, so it will need to be installed on your computer. It also does require payment every month after your trial period ends. 


You can find more information about Adobe Illustrator here



2.  Affinity

Affinity Designer is a great software to use when it comes to designing floor plans (or really a lot of other things as well!). With Affinity, there is a lot of creativity allotted to the designer, you can make your floor plans as simple or complex as you desire. A lot of users also mention that its ability to store design history is a major pro for the software when compared to other applications. However, it doesn’t come without its limitations - the design process may take a while with Affinity as firstly, you have to learn how to use the software and secondly, each element has to be filled in separately. Furthermore, with Affinity you cannot export to an Adobe Illustrator file.


However, for the purposes of creating a floor plan, Remo requires an SVG format which you can do on Affinity, so no worries there


Now, Affinity is available for both Windows and Mac computers, as well as iPad, but like Illustrator, is a separate application that will need to be installed on your computer or iPad. Affinity also offers users a 7 day free trial, but after that requires a one-time payment (as opposed to a monthly subscription), so this could be more cost effective for you compared to Illustrator.


For more information, check out their website



3.  Sketch

Sketch is a vector graphics editor that is used for digital design only. One of the best things about using Sketch is their community - they’ve got a ton of users you can ask advice from, or even pull plugins or components from, to get a jump-start on your floor plan. Not to mention, this tool is definitely the cheaper of the options above without sacrificing much of the design possibilities. Sketch actually offers a 30 day free trial as well as 2 relatively affordable payment options - for individuals (one-time payment) and for teams (monthly or yearly subscription).


On the other hand though, Sketch doesn’t seem able to handle files as smoothly as Adobe can, which can result in a few lags here and there. You may also need to use plugins for some of the design tools available on Sketch. The biggest drawback with Sketch though is that it is only available for Mac users - unfortunately they do not have a Windows/PC version available. 


Other than that though, it's a great application we can recommend to customize your floor plan!


For more insight into Sketch, check out their website here



4.  Inkscape

The above options are great! But… if you’re looking for a free software to use, you can try out Inkscape. This software is a free and open source vector graphics editor typically used for either artistic or technical illustrations. It’s got all of the basic features you’d expect out of a design software, paired with a helpful user community, at no cost. However, some users have mentioned that whilst there is no economic cost, some do have to pay in terms of the time it takes to adjust and learn how to use the software (this seemed to be more of an issue for Mac users compared to Windows). Also, it may be helpful to note, it appears to have less flexibility when it comes to text formatting tools. 


You can read up about Inkscape and its features here



Of course there are other software options available to you, so if you find one you love when creating your awesome floor plans be sure to let us know


We can’t wait to see what you come up with! ✨