There are many tools which DIY enthusiasts say they cannot do without, but one which is often overlooked has been sitting in your pocket the whole time. Smartphones can now be utilised to help with almost any task thanks to the ever-growing app markets and DIY and home decoration is certainly no different with thousands of apps for you to choose from to help you with anything from colour schemes to floor plans.
In order to help make your projects, however big or small, run that little bit more smoothly, we have rounded up some of the leading DIY apps currently available for your smartphone:
Houzz is the ultimate app for home improvement inspiration and gives you all the tools you need to complete your next home remodelling or decorating project. When you are completely redecorating your home, you need to have a concrete idea of what you want, and the Houzz app lets you do that by sharing ideas with friends, family and design professionals from a huge catalogue of images (over 1.5 million!) and articles. Search your design idea to find out exactly how it will look from the 10 million monthly users who upload and tag photos of their home and join in conversations to speak to like minded DIYers!
ID Wood is your one stop pocket guide to woods from around the world with full screen samples and thorough information on hundreds of wood types. This virtual wood guide book contains such information as species names, botanical names, wood origins, descriptions, woodworking properties, use, durability, sustainability and much more, making it ideal for everyone from beginners through to seasoned woodwork professionals. It also has a visual identifier which can be used both offline and online, so you can identify your wood wherever you are!
Homestyler is an amazing app that lets you experiment with your design ideas to see how they will look in real life as well as inspiring you with thousands of uploads from other users. Take a photo of a room in your house and upload it to the 3D design playground where you are able to place in high-quality 3D images of real furniture products, hang light fixings, put down rugs and visualise endless product combinations until you have found the room of your dreams. Then, share your designs, get feedback, read articles and comment on other users’ uploads as part of the app’s online community.