From floor plans to tidy bedrooms: 9 free apps for mastering home design, decor and organization

“I think apps have turned our phones into tools,” says 32-year-old Alexandra Young of West Fargo. “We constantly carry this tool in our purse or in our pocket that can make the whole process of owning a home, decorating a home, building a home — whatever you may be doing — more efficient.”

The teacher first began using home-related apps like Houzz when her dad — a builder who specializes in apartment and office construction — began laying out plans for her and her husband’s new home. With her father’s limited knowledge in residential construction, Young looked to apps for inspiration and direction.

Thanks to many home-focused apps allowing multiple users like the designer, builder and homeowners to communicate, Young found it easier to tackle the overall process.

Here are nine free apps that aid in home layout, interior design, cleaning and organization.


Price: Free (iOS, Android)

With more than 5 million images sorted according to style, room and location, Houzz allows users to browse, search and save their photos. Young says she used the app primarily for idea boards she later shared with designers.

“It was easy because it lets you search images by style — contemporary, craftsman — that helped me narrow down my style, too,” she says.”It also got me and my husband on the same page. ‘What do you like? This is what I like. Do you like this, too?'”

The app also features shoppable photos.

“People may put the color of paint — and you can click on it — or it lets you link to the chandelier they have (in the photo) then you can purchase it,” Young explains.

Zillow Digs

Price: Free (iOS)

Zillow Digs — not to be mistaken with the real estate-focused app — acts like Pinterest for the home only. When users open the app, they can indicate their style preferences to personalize inspiration when they search. Users can browse images by space, color, style and project estimates, saving photos to in-app boards.

The most unique feature is its free cost estimates…

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