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Free software to do room layouts?

I have an assignment for an Education class where i have to submit overhead layouts of a couple different classroom designs. Nothing fancy, just boxes and the like labeled to designate where the computers are, chalkboard, dictionaries, desks etc. While i can do this in MS Word using drawing tools it seems like there ought to be something out there designed to help you do basic overhead layouts for designing rooms. Anyone know of any free software to do this or am i stuck trying to draw 30+ of the exact same size boxes to represent desks?
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That is a decent link and will work in a pinch but it looks like i can't save the layout as a file to add to an electronic portfolio, which is something i need. Also i'm not sure i can add in text to label the items in the room. I do know though that my wife's eyes lit up when i started playing with the java thing so now i'm probably going to be handed a new plan to rearrange her living room.
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Originally Posted by xmiyux
I do know though that my wife's eyes lit up when i started playing with the java thing so now i'm probably going to be handed a new plan to rearrange her living room.


how 'bout sketchup
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That program is actually pretty cool but with the 3D modeling is also a bit more than needed. Also it saves as a special sketchbook file instead of something anyone can open like a jpg.

Sorry to be a such a pain in the arse. Perhaps i need to just suck it up and start drawing boxes in Word.
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Smartdraw isn't free but the trial is.

(don't feel bad if the suggestions don't suit your needs, it's no trouble at all.)

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You could at a stretch play with the Ikea Kitchen Planner, and use that to do what you want, just find a Cabinet that is the same dimension's as a desk.

You will end up with something like this.



And of course you can make it directly overhead!
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I will check the last two recommendations out tomorrow at work. Dimensions aren't a huge deal as long as a student desk isn't the size of a bookcase i'm fine. I'm supposed to map out what my classroom looks like and then some alternate arrangements. I was disapointed i couldn't just submit digital pics of the current arrangement.

Yikes that Smartdraw is a pricy bit of software.

Thanks for all the help so far and if anyone knows of any other software speak up.
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Summer break finally over and back to the real world eh?

Yea, I was going to recommend the Ikea software as well.
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Originally Posted by xmiyux
That is a decent link and will work in a pinch but it looks like i can't save the layout as a file to add to an electronic portfolio, which is something i need.
Make the room, hit "Print Screen" on your keyboard, open Photoshop, paste it in, manipulate as-needed.
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Originally Posted by dogmatica
Make the room, hit "Print Screen" on your keyboard, open Photoshop, paste it in, manipulate as-needed.
Good call. I will probably end up doing exactly that.

Except i'm cheap and use GIMP instead of Photoshop.
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