5 Best Free Open Source Floor Plan Software for Windows
Here is a list of best free open source floor plan software for Windows. These software help you create a floor plan which basically represents the layout, boundary, room, space, etc. of a building. Plus, these software are open source, so you can download and modify their source code without restrictions.
Most of these are CAD software (listed here) which provide drawing tools to create a floor plan. These drawing tools include line, circle, arc, ellipse, polygon, spline, shapes, etc. Plus, these provide dimension and text tools which are important for creating a floor plan. One of these software is a featured home design software which lets you add floor levels, create walls, insert room division, add dimensions, add interior furniture and accessories, etc., to create a floor plan. The final floor plan can be saved in a lot of formats. The most commonly supported output formats in these software include DXF, SVG, PDF, PNG, BMP, JPG, etc.
All of these software provide some unique features which you can look forward to. Some of these features include template support, plugin support, 3D view, measurement tools, layer list, etc.
My favorite Open Source Floor Plan Software for Windows:
Sweet Home 3D is the best open source software to create floor plans. It is a feature rich software which lets you plan home interior. Some of its key features include direct options to create walls, rooms, etc., 3D view, furniture components, etc.
If you want a CAD software, FreeCAD is good.
Sweet Home 3D
Sweet Home 3D is a free open source floor plan software for Windows. It is a complete home design software to plan and create interior of a house. Let’s see what are its key features and how you can create floor plan with this open source software.
Features to look out for:
- It provides some nice templates of home designs whose floor plans can be used and modified accordingly.
- You can add as many levels to the floor plan to create floor plan for multiple floors of a house or building.
- It lets you add interior components to design different sections of a home, such as bathroom accessories, kitchen cabinets, bedroom objects, etc.
- In it, you can create floor plan in 2D plane and visualize it in 3D simultaneously. It provides various 3D view options like aerial view, virtual visit, create image of 3D view, etc.
- The created floor plan (in 2D plane) can be saved as an SVG file or can directly be printed.
- In the 3D view, you can create a movie of home plan and export it to a MOV video.
- It supports a lot of plugins to enhance its functionalities; you can download those plugins from here.
How to create floor plan using this open source software: Sweet Home 3D:
- First, create a new project and from Plan menu, use Create Walls option to define boundary of your home.
- You can add levels (with or without elevation) to the plan and create a floor plan for multiple floors of a building.
- After that, you can create rooms and polylines to draw different sections of your home.
- Next, you can draw dimensions over the floor plan and add text to it.
- If you want to create an elaborative floor plan, you can add interior furniture and other objects to the plan. This way you can precisely plan where to place a particular thing in the designed home.
- While drawing floor plan, you can use handy options like lock base plan, flip horizontally/ vertically, modify compass, etc.
- At last, save the created floor plan in a supported format.
It is one of the best open source floor plan software which is featured yet simple to use. It can be used by both beginners and professionals. It comes in a portable package too.
FreeCAD is a free open source CAD software for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It can be used to create floor plans as all required tools for creating a floor plan are available in it.
These are the main tools and features of FreeCAD which help you create a floor plan:
- You can use direct tools to design a floor plan which include wall, structure, building, roof, floor, stairs, window, site, material tools, pipe tools, axis tools, etc.
- It provides many more drawing tools such as line, circle, arc, ellipse, polygon, facebinder, point, etc.
- You also get dimension, label, and text tools which are important to create an elaborative floor plan.
- If you have a floor plan in a supported file format, you can import and modify it accordingly.
- You can set the view of design to orthographic view, perspective view, standard views, etc.
- In its Arch menu, you can find some utilities such as Split Mesh, Merge Walls, Close Holes, Mesh to Shape, Create IFC Spreadsheet, etc.
- Some additional features of this software include Measure Distance, Scene Inspector, Dependency Graph, Save Picture, etc.
How to create a floor plan using this open source floor plan software:
- Launch this software and create a new project.
- Now, select Arch workbench in order to design a floor plan.
- Next, you can use available drawing tools from Arch and Draft menu for creating a floor plan.
- From left panel, you can edit properties of each added component like description, label, tag, etc. Also, you can view whole model and each component.
- You can easily edit an object using options like move, rotate, scale, etc.
- At last, you can export the created floor plan in a supported format like DXF, DWG, SVG, PLY, IGES, STL, HTML, STEP, OBJ, and more.
It is a useful open source software to create floor plan and various CAD designs. It contains a lot more handy tools which you can explore while using it.
LibreCAD is another open source floor plan software for Windows. As the name implies, it is a CAD software to create or edit various designs.
How to create a floor plan in LibreCAD:
- You can start a new floor plan from scratch or import a floor plan template to modify it. The template can be in format like DXF, DWG, etc.
- Now, you can use drawing tools like line, circle, arc, spline, polyline, ellipse, etc., to define boundaries, rooms, sections, stairs, and more in a floor plan.
- You can use its dimension tools (aligned, linear, radial, diametric, angular, etc.) to add dimensions to the floor plan.
- It lets you use text tool to add labels to the floor plan.
- From the Tools > Modify section, you can access editing options like move, rotate, scale, mirror, revert direction, trim, bevel, properties, attributes, etc.
- You can save created floor plan in a lot of formats including DXF, MakerCAM SVG, standard SVG, PDF, JPG, PNG, BMP, ICO, etc.
- It provides Layer List to manage individual layers of a floor plan or any design.
- It contains a lot of inbuilt plugins which you can use as per your requirements, such as Align, Read ascii points, Plot equations, Read PIC file, etc.
All in all, it is a nice open source floor plan software and good CAD software overall.
QCAD is yet another open source floor plan software on this list. Like many other software on this list, it is also a CAD software primarily.
How to create a floor plan using this open source software:
- At first, create a new project to start designing a floor plan from scratch. You can also import a floor plan in DXF or SVG format to modify it.
- To create boundaries, room division, stair blueprint, balcony section, objects, etc., you can use drawing tools like line, arc, circle, spline, polyline, shapes, hatch, etc.
- You can insert BMP image and text labels to the floor plan.
- It lets you add various kinds of dimensions to the floor plan, such as aligned dimension, rotated dimension, horizontal/ vertical dimensions, radial dimensions, diametric dimensions, angular dimensions, etc.
- To modify an object, you can use options like move, rotate, copy, mirror, flip, trim, divide, lengthen/ shorten, auto trim, etc.
- When you are done creating the floor plan, you can export it as PDF or BMP image. Other than that, you can save it in DXF format too.
- It lets you manage individual layers of a floor plan using features like layer list panel, lock all layers, toggle visibility, etc.
- You can change the view of design to top projection, right projection, left projection, etc.
- It provides a Property Editor to edit attributes of an object like color, line type, etc.
This community version (free version) has less number of features. It provides a professional edition which can be purchased to utilize more features for CAD designing. Although, the community version comes with the trial of professional version. To continue with free edition, you need to click on the Remove button (from the interface) and follow given instructions.
It is a simple software to create a floor plan using a variety of drawing tools.
ZCAD is the next open source floor plan software for Windows. You can easily create a floor plan with this CAD software, by using several drawing tools.
How to create floor plans using ZCAD:
- The first step is to create a new drawing project.
- Next, from Draw menu, start drawing boundary and different sections of home using tools like line, 3D polyline, circle, rectangle, arc, block, superline, text, etc.
- You can then draw dimensions in the floor plan.
- An object can be modified with options like move, rotate, scale, stretch, mirror, etc.
- At last, the created floor plan can be saved as a DXF or DWG file. You can also directly print it.
- It provides an Object Inspector from where you can edit and manage object properties like path, display, render, drawing, etc.
- You can create circuit diagrams in it.
- It lets you add various types of cables, instruments, CCTV, alarm system, etc. to a project.
It is another good software which can be used to create a floor plan. Also, as it is a portable software, you can use it without installation.
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