Saturday, January 12, 2013

An Overview of Kitchen Design Software: The Best Kitchen Design Software


When it comes to selling new kitchens, bathroom suites or even fully fitted bedrooms, sales people no longer need to rely on the imagination of their potential clients in order to create their dream room. Thanks to the advent of design software systems, professionals can now create virtual rooms to show their clients – turning their dreams into reality. But with so many kitchen design software programmes to choose from, which is the best? In this article we take a look at three of the best systems to identify their features.

Kitchen Design Software #1: Turbo Floor Plan 3D

Turbo Floor Plan offers a combination of ease of use and functionality. One of the advantages of Turbo Floor Plan is that you can choose whether to use metric or imperial measurements making it ideal for both customer and industry use. The software allows you to view a room you have produced in a range of different ways including differing camera angles, virtual walkthroughs and cutaway views. There is even the option to use an electrical wiring filter which allows you to easily work out where to place electrical sockets or where to position kitchen components in relation to the present electrical wiring of the kitchen – potentially saving your client money on electrical alterations and refits.
As with most other kitchen design software, Turbo Floor Plan allows you to alter the look of the kitchen design including mouldings, cabinet and worktop designs and colours and an array of other items for greater customisation. Once the kitchen design is complete, the software allows you to run a cost estimator for the kitchen to provide a detailed quote.

Kitchen Design Software #2: ArtiCAD Pro

ArtiCAD-Pro took 15 years to development and produces detailed plans and elevations of any room. The plans are fully labelled and feature dimensions, making it ideal for fitters to work from yet there is also an option to hide these fields to show your clients a more aesthetically pleasing view. ArtiCAD-Pro can produce both 3D perspective line drawings and 3D photo-real images in a matter of seconds allowing your clients to see exactly how their dream kitchen will look when installed. Even the smallest details including wood grains of cupboards or marble patterns on worktops can be seen to full effect –an important sales tool.


ArtiCAD allows you to include appliances and see cabinet finishes
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ArtiCAD-Pro comes with a ready-made product catalogue including a wide range of customisable parts. Another feature of ArtiCAD-Pro is that it can allow you produce parts lists automatically to save you time. Overall ArtiCAD-Pro is easy to use and will quickly allow you to generate designs for clients whilst saving you time compiling catalogues and parts lists amongst other things.

Kitchen Design Software #3:  VR Kitchen by Nexus

VR Kitchen has been developed over a period of 20 years and has been specially designed for professional users. The software allows you to create your client’s dream kitchen with ease including producing walkthrough layouts to help them visualise their new kitchen. Details are a key focus of VR Kitchens and shine and reflections are included on flooring, tiles and worktops for a more realistic view. A wide range of lighting options are included whist soft shadows allow you to easily see any places in the kitchen where more lighting is required.
VR Kitchen is easy to use and allows you to drop and drag elements into your kitchen design to allow you to quickly show your clients alterations or your suggestions.

Some CAD systems allow you to view reflections for a realistic look
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In order to choose which kitchen design software is best for your needs, it’s worth trying the demo versions of the software to ensure all the features you require are included.

Image Credits: Articad images



3 comments:

  1. I have ArtiCad and find it very easy to use. I love drag and drop which allows you to easily move units within the design with a click of a button.The only issue I do have is that all units are from door manufacturers which prevents you form designing bespoke pieces or changing a door design to suit your own range.

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