Things We Love: Roomscan

If you’ve ever had the need to measure a room or draw an entire floor plan for your modular home, you’ll know that the good old-fashioned way is a tedious task that involves using a tape measure to calculate the total area . . .

For those of you with an iPhone, you might want to ditch the the tape measure all together and try Roomscan. While not a new app, Roomscan has been gaining some serious online traction lately for its simple albeit impressive ability to draw floorplans in minutes.

What’s great about it is that the app draws the floorplan itself – all you need to do is tap your device to the walls and let it do the rest. The iPhone’s internal sensors recognises a sequence of flat vertical surfaces, measuring the distance in between. Claiming that measurements are accurate within 10cm, this app will deliver a basic floorplan which you can fine-tune before adding it to your design plans. You can also export the drawing as either a PDF or DXF for AutoCAD or SketchUp. We’ve tried it and, while it won’t be replacing our AutoCAD software, we think it’s a quick and handy alternative to the tape measure.

Roomscan is available in a free standard version or a Pro version for a small app fee.