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Hi,

Am trying to put together living room home theater.
Need recommendations for room layout and dimension PC software program.

Maybe recommend 1 or more good program for each level of sophistication (as well as price and learning curve)

a) Basic simple and free. Just enough to input correct room dimensions with hallway and entry room offsets, ect
use: output so I can upload to this/other forums and/or sales consultants for equipment and av furniture selection...
? Nice if it possible to insert different sized room items - such as couch, chairs, and av furniture. As well as speaker placement?

b) More sophisticated 3d program for more accurate realism and object placement. Possibly different view points
use: potential basement remodeling and aforementioned living room ht setup
* 3D object library. Maybe even Home Theater specific 3D model objects?

c) Home Theater specific room arranger and speaker, tv, optimizer???



Please feel free to add what you do and don't like about certain programs.
As well as cool features included that would be helpful for planning home theater specific arrangement and speaker selection, ect

Thanks for any insight.
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Floorplanner.com Free + Basic and very simple very decent options. Colors for walls and such are terrible but for general dimensions and 3D not bad at all to get an idea.

Google Sketchup: Free but little more involved as you have to do some learning on how to layout and then convert a plan view into 3D with walls and such but you can get waaaay better colors on the walls and floors etc, plus you can upload actual speakers and projectors and such from the google 3D warehouse.
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Floorplanner.com Free + Basic and very simple very decent options. Colors for walls and such are terrible but for general dimensions and 3D not bad at all to get an idea.

Google Sketchup: Free but little more involved as you have to do some learning on how to layout and then convert a plan view into 3D with walls and such but you can get waaaay better colors on the walls and floors etc, plus you can upload actual speakers and projectors and such from the google 3D warehouse.

Great question OP, this is something I'd definitely be interested in using as well. I used to want to be an architect...most kids say pilot, doctor, etc. I said architect.....of course I am a Fire Fighter now...lol.

Thanks for this advice BMF....cant wait to dig into it
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thanks will check out!
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