Here at Design*Sponge we never seem to have a shortage of revolving projects around the house and are always happy to discover
websites or apps that can ease the headache of renovating. We’ve rounded up 10 of the most helpful ones that take care of some of the work so you can use your brain power for more important things — like deciding which project to conquer next! — Rebekah
Graphic above by Lauren Chorpening
This app costs almost 10 dollars, but offers
a lot of different abilities. You can create floor plans in this app, but you can also make 3D floor plans, place furniture, try out different materials, and really plan out your room before you actually start any demo or buy new pieces. ( Room Planner Home Design, $9.99 Image source)
How many of you have found yourselves hanging a shelf, arms above your head, trying to squint to see the tiny mark you used to indicate where to nail, with one side nailed in while you look around for a level — which you remember you either don’t even own, or conveniently left in the basement? At that moment you think, “Forget it!” But, what if I told you that you almost certainly have one in your back pocket? Yep. There’s a (free!) app for that.
. ( iHandy Level, free Image source)
You can bring in items to most stores that sell paint to get them color matched, but this app lets you do that just through snapping a picture. If you’re on a walk and you see a color you love, you can take a quick picture and then find the similar color from one of Benjamin Moore’s more than 3,300 paint colors without having to cart around a fan deck.
. ( Color Capture by Benjamin Moore, free Image source)
If you’re not super comfortable with floor plans (or learning curves), this app is pretty great for making floor plans simply through taking photos of the space.
(but in-app purchases may be needed depending on your project). ( MagicPlan, free Image source)
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Pinterest – just about anything you can imagine needing for a renovation/DIY can be found somewhere in the recesses of Pinterest! We also love how it can be easily used on both your phone and computer, and switching between the two is seamless.
. ( Pinterest, free Image source)
When you’re ready to fill your empty space with art, this cool app lets you try your favorite artwork from their site and see how it looks on your own walls, in your home, without the hassle of physically laying pieces out or having to measure.
( Artfully Walls Try On Wall, free. Image source)
Somehow no matter how many you have, a tape measure seems to be one of many items that “grows legs” while in a construction zone! This app gets to be with you always; we assume you’re as
aware of where your phone is at all times as we are. You can measure items from a photo you take, or by measuring them on the screen. . ( Ruler App + Photo Ruler, free Image source)
If part of your renovation includes reupholstering pieces you already have (or find at a great price), you may find yourself having to calculate how much yardage you need for your project. It can get confusing to know just how much you actually need for a particular shape of furniture. With this app it will help take some of the guess work out!
. ( FabricCalc-Lite, Free Image source)
Visuals can be so helpful when you’re feeling overwhelmed and knee-deep in a renovation project. This app lets you add measurements on top of photos you take. That’s particularly nice when you want to not only see the measurements in the room, but also want to visualize what other pieces you may want to add would look like with the existing items.
. ( Photo Measures, $6.99 Image source)
One of the hardest parts about renovations is switching between different types of measurements, and while you’re exhausted, likely hungry, and possibly uncomfortable, there comes a point when your brain refuses to compute. Luckily, here is another app that makes the whole process a little more foolproof.
( Carpet & Floor Calculator, $0.99 Image source)