6 Best Furniture Design Software (2020)

I recently wanted to buy a new work desk. However, almost all the desktops I saw online are either too expensive or not good enough. So since I am a DIY enthusiast, I wanted to make my own modular desk that could meet my specific requirements. Of course, I am not a professional. So, I took help from YouTube videos and furniture design software to design the platform. If you are in the same position as me or a professional looking for good software that makes furniture design easy, these are some of the best furniture design software you can try.

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Best Furniture Design Software

1. SketchUp

SketchUp is a very easy-to-use and feature-rich 3D design software. Although it is not a dedicated furniture design software, it is quite good to design the furniture. In fact, this is the software that I used to design my own desktop. One of the best things about SketchUp is that it is fairly minimal but fully featured. This combination makes it quite easy to use and the learning curve is not that difficult. Add to that, SketchUp has a huge 3D library that can be used to design your own furniture. Additionally, once designed, you can export 3D models in a variety of formats such as CAD and 3DS.

Of course, being a software designed for professionals, all measurements are accurate. If necessary, you can even try different design variations of your current design in just a couple of clicks. In addition to carpentry and furniture design, you can also use SketchUp for 3D printing, construction work, interior design, and more.

Price: The basic version of SketchUp is free but has limited features. For example, you will not have access to the 3D library, 3D modeling options, support for 2D designs, style creator, etc. For advanced features, you need to subscribe to one of the paid plans. Depending on your use case, the subscription fee varies a lot. I recommend you check this page.

Platform support: Windows and Mac. If you want, you can also use the browser version.

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2. SolidWorks

When it comes to 3D modeling and design, SolidWorks is one of the most popular and gives you tons of options to design furniture the way you want. Since SolidWorks is CAD software, you can create almost any type of furniture design you want. Add to that, you can try out different materials, textures, and other 3D elements for your furniture designs.

What makes SolidWorks special is the amount of flexibility you get and the ability to use third-party software in conjunction with or within SolidWorks. In fact, SolidWorks has a full catalog of partner products that tries to improve and make it easier to create your own furniture. Of course, being a popular software SolidWorks has a great community and some huge woodworking libraries to get you started.

As good as it is, SolidWorks is not for everyone. Compared to SketchUp, the learning curve is steep.

Price: As of this writing, there is no pricing information on the official website. You need to contact the developer and request a quote. Depending on what your needs are and who it is, the prices may differ.

Platform support: SolidWorks is only available for Windows.

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3. Furniture Design CAD Pro

If SolidWorks is too much for you, you can try CAD Pro Furniture Design software. Now, like SolidWorks, CAD Pro, being CAD software, can be used for a variety of needs. What makes CAD Pro special is that it has all the specific tools you need to design your furniture.

CAD Pro features include but are not limited to automatic modeling, drawing tools, sketch tracking, MS Office integration, a huge library of DIY plans and projects, smart dimensions, and more. Overall, if you are looking for software that is easy to use but has all the essential features, then give CAD Pro Furniture Design a try and see how it works for you.

Price: CAD Pro Furniture Design is exclusive software that costs you a one-time fee of $ 99.95.

Platform support: CAD Pro is Windows only software.

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4. SketchList

SketchList is specially designed software that allows you to create any type of furniture design you want. Being a specific construction software, it has almost everything a carpenter or designer needs to design good furniture. Those features include drag and drop objects, snap-on objects, alignment tools, one-click contours, one-click joints, hole emulation, wood types, custom materials, and more.

SketchList’s greatest asset is its ease of use and detailed how-to articles and videos showing the software’s use and tips.

If you are looking for specially designed software that is easy to use, choose SketchList.

Price: SketchList is exclusive software that costs $ 149.99 per license.

Platform support: SketchList is compatible with Windows and macOS.

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5. Woodworking for Inventor

The name says it all, doesn’t it? Woodwork for Inventor is designed by AutoDesk to specifically meet the needs of carpenters and furniture designers. Of all the software on this list, Woodwork for Inventor has the most functionality for furniture design. In fact, the software comes with some cool features like automatic mortises and tenons, box components, automatic measurements, material generator, size calculations, etc. As a bonus, the software can also work with a CNC machine, if you have one.

Now, with all these features, it’s no wonder it’s a paid product. However, the deciding factor for most may be that you need to purchase the software from the local vendor. Depending on where you live, the website will give you the details of the vendor that you can buy the software from. Other than that little hiccup, Woodwork for Inventor is pretty good software for designing furniture.

Price: As of this writing, the website was not listing the prices. You need to contact the local provider to find out. You can use this link For that purpose.

Platform support: Windows only

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6. Pro100

The software allows you to mimic the real-life furniture design process, meaning you gain full control of every small component in a virtual space. You have the freedom to use models and raw materials that come standard or you can be creative and customize them to your liking. The app also gives you multiple eyes to see the project, including 3D viewing.

That’s not all, once you are done with the creation, take a .jpg file as output or export it in a high quality 3D flash panorama and enjoy your work in VR with a pair of VR glasses.

Not only does it excel at furniture design and interior design, but it also allows you to generate production reports, order optimization, price figures, etc. This software is ideal for someone who wants full control over customization with an intuitive, easy-to-learn interface. Even the name Pro100 when read in Polish means “easy”.

Price: You can try the demo version (without expiration) of the software for free by completing is form. However, some functions such as saving and printing are disabled.

Platform support: Windows only

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I hope that helps. If you think I missed any of your favorite furniture design shows, please comment below and share them with me.

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