Virtual Reality Is the Future of Home Design, Says Interior Design App Planner 5D

Planner 5D, a customizable interior design app, offers virtual reality option; data says virtual reality is on a path to fast growth

May 3, 2017 - When choosing to design one’s home, it’s often difficult to imagine what each piece of furniture would look like in reality. A chandelier or an armchair might look impressive separately, but creating an overall harmonious space requires some skill and experience. It often happens that a homeowner suddenly regrets the selected wall paint and has to redo it, or wastes a lot of time and energy to move the new furniture back and forth until the right spot is found.

Fortunately, some new home design apps come with virtual reality option. It’s now possible “to step inside” into one’s dream house and explore every corner while playing with colors, textures and furniture pieces to find the solution that feels like a true dream interior. 

According to a  new report by Allied Market Research, the global augmented and virtual reality market was valued at $760 million in 2015 and is projected to reach $59,511 million by 2022. While popularized by gaming apps, virtual reality has ventured into real estate field as well. For example, builders claim that virtual reality is the  future of home buying – similarly, it looks like it’s the future of home design as well. 

There are home design services – such as  Decorilla – that offer virtual design depictions of interior design. Users send pictures of their rooms, which get redesigned by professional designers and can then be viewed through virtual reality goggles. However, people who use these services need to pay a fee for room redesign that ranges from $400 to $1,300, and have to rely on designer’s decisions, who will determine how their house will look like. 

Those who want to design their own homes by themselves and to save money, turn to self-design apps, such as  Planner 5D. Virtual reality option makes self-design even easier, since a “walk around” the room gives the feel of the real house with all of its elements. 

Planner 5D, which has already helped more than 18 million homeowners, architects and renovators to design their new home, office, coffee shop or a restaurant, is simple to use even for complete novices. Users of Planner 5D app simply enter their room dimensions to create their exact floor plan, then choose the furniture from constantly updated catalogues - such as IKEA - and finally, virtually move the furniture around. They can also visualize and adjust various colors, materials and décor details, see designs in 2D and 3D, create renders, and share them with friends or on social media.

Virtual reality option, however, gives an opportunity to see how the designed house will actually look like.  After downloading the app and creating a project, users put in on VR goggles, turn virtual reality mode on and can “step into” their new house. 

“Planner 5D was one of the first interior design apps that offered an opportunity to create one’s own virtual reality,” says Alexey Sheremetyev, one of the founders.  “Video games are created by professional designers that take players into their own version of virtual reality. With Planner 5D, people can be create their own home and walk through it with the help of VR. As virtual reality market is growing at a fast pace, we know we have made the right decision to be one the pioneers in this field. In current marketplace, people want to see and feel things, it’s not enough to show them designs on computer screens.”

To find out more about Planner 5D, please visit the company’s  website. Virtual reality feature is currently available with its Android app


Originally a startup company founded by Alexey Sheremetyev and Sergey Nosyrev, Planner 5D has a community of over 18 million users with more than 100,000 users daily. It’s a free cross-platform application which supports in-app purchases. It can be used on a browser, Android and iOS. The app offers customization of furniture with the ability to change textures, colors and size, a VR tool and creative suggestions for home design.



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