The Best Furniture Design Software for Hobbyists and Professionals!

Whether you want to build a basic console for your living room, a luxury bed frame for a client, or a one-of-a-kind closet for your kids, SketchList 3D is the best furniture design software available on the market. Try it for free for two weeks. 

What is Furniture Design Software?

Furniture design software is used to render 2D and 3D furniture designs on a Windows or MAC computer. Wooden boards are used when creating the designs. Then users can render photorealistic images to portray the design as a finished product. Advanced furniture design software should have a wide range of wood species and texture to choose from, including pine, mahogany, oak, ash, beechwood, and much more.


The best furniture design CAD software applications will offer the option to export material requirements, measurements, 2D dimensioned drawings, and 3D renderings to present to clients. This ensures you and your clients are on the same page before you spend time and money on production.


SketchList is a 3D Furniture Design Software That Enables You To:

Create compelling mockups of furniture designs with just a few clicks

Make project changes that are reflected in the design instantly 

Design and save project templates for quick use

Save customer information to organize all open projects

Run and share reports with clients that streamline designs, cut lists, and purchase lists 

Create Intricate Furnishing Designs With Just a Few Clicks!

Take a look at how SketchList 3D’s advanced, user-friendly productivity tools allow you to instantly create professional furniture for interiors.

Select and drag a 3D board, door, contour, joinery, or hardware onto your project

Adjust the dimensions

Place the object in the correct position with SketchList 3D’s easy-to-use interface and tools

Set joinery, contours, holes, angles, and board shapes precisely.

When designing in SketchList 3D, modeling is as intuitive as working with your hands in your workshop. If you’re ready to try out SketchList 3D, you can get started with our free version (2 week trial period) to see if the software is the right fit for you.

Custom Software For Furniture Design for Every Function & Style

Get creative with the design, style, and materials of your woodworking projects – SketchList’s 3D modeling will take care of calculations, layouts, renderings, materials and reports! Once you start using SketchList 3D, your projects of all styles and levels will be more precise and easier to produce.

Desks & Office Furniture

Tables

Vanities

Bunk & Loft Beds

Cabinets & Shelves

Chairs & Benches

Chests

And so much more!

Wardrobes & Closets

Fireplace Mantels

Fences

The beauty of custom furniture design is that if you can imagine it, you can build it. And 3D modeling is the best way to bring your ideas to life!

A Distinct Approach to Furniture Design

The design process, through which a concept evolves into a firm plan depicted through visuals and reports, is arguably the most important step of any project. If your design lacks a definitive concept, aesthetic, and function, issues will arise as you begin to layout your design.

The most effective professional furniture designers are open to iterating their ideas and improving their initial design. New versions serve to continually define and refine the concept.

SketchList 3D users craft furniture of all technical levels, shapes, sizes, and styles. Our software is especially useful in creating custom designs for clients. With just a few clicks, you can test out different wood species or add components in stone, metal, glass, or leather. 

You can even add your own images into the projects, or place the design inside a photo of its intended location and floor plan. When you’re satisfied with your virtual project, generate photorealistic images to share with family, friends, or clients for quick feedback!

There are 3 general approaches to furniture design, each with advantages and disadvantages:

Complex Furniture Design Programs

Cons

Pros

Hands-on

Quality depends on your skill as an artist

Fast

Changes are time-consuming to implement

Hiring professional CAD programmers or designers is costly

Creative

Hand-Drawn Designs

Cons

Pros

Big learning curve

High level of detail

Expensive

Ability to make changes

Time-consuming

Optimal for specialized designs involving carving and spiral formations

Simplified Furniture Design Programs (such as SketchList 3D)

Cons

Pros

Not optimal for specialized designs involving carving and spiral formations

Easy to learn

Will need to import CNC files from other sources

Fast and effective

Flexible design process

Based on lifelike 3D building blocks

Instantaneous changes and variations

Automated part lists, CNC dimensions, cut lists, and reports

Choosing the Best Furniture Design Software for Your Needs

With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to know which furniture design software to choose. To pinpoint which software is best for you, first consider your commercial and custom design goals and needs when it comes to:

LEARNING CURVE

FUNCTIONALITY

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

It’s normal for furniture design software to have a learning curve, but the more complex ones can have a very steep curve. In fact, many packages take months to learn how to use. Pro tip: Research user reviews for candid insight into how long it typically takes to master the software. 

Assess what features you require to meet your project goals. Do you need 3D model renderings or a 2D drawing to land clients? Are reports key to streamlining your business? Are you looking to create complete designs using different materials with a few clicks? Evaluate your answers to these questions to guide you to the right software package.

Buying furniture design software is an investment; make sure you’ll have the resources to take full advantage of it. Research if there are sufficient documentation and video training aids to help you get jumpstarted with the software. Is free training available from the vendor? Are developers responsive to new feature requests from users? The answers to these questions separate the good software from the great. 

Take a Look at How SketchList 3D Stacks Up Compared to Other Furniture Design Software

Features

SketchList 3D

SketchUp

Fusion 360

Pricing for Professionals (starting at)

$200 (Lifetime)

$119 (per year)

$495 (per year)

Designed Specifically for Woodworkers

Automated material costing

Metric and Imperial

Built-in Joinery options

Drag & Drop Features

3D Modelling

Mimics the way woodworker’s think

Weekly Woodworking Support Meetings

Built-in contours

When comparing SketchList 3D to competitors such as SketchUp, Solidworks, HomeByMe, or Virtual Architect, it becomes overtly clear that SketchList is the only furniture design software built to mimic the way woodworker’s think. Curious to learn more? Read more on how SketchUp was not designed for Woodworking.

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