3 Great Apps for the DIY Mom

Posted on Sep 24 2014 - 3:21am by Susan

All moms will be familiar with the feeling of looking around your living room, or your kitchen, or even your bedroom, and thinking maybe if I moved the couch to the far end of the room, my kids will have more room to play… but where would I put the ottoman? Many moms will be content with the seasonal switch, changing the drapes and the table runners, pillows and throws. Others, however, will want to do more, turning projects into full-scale DIY renovations!

Of course, you might not know where to start! Luckily, you smartphone can help you get started on planning your projects. Here are some apps to watch out for:

1. Snapguide

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A free iOS service and full-sized web community, Snapguide holds a great collection of hundreds of thousands of projects, all uploaded by active users. It’s one of the best crowd-sourced apps out there, and it features vibrant photos for projects that range in difficulty, from projects for novice DIYers to full-scale renovations for more experienced DIYers. There are even some easy-peasy recipes uploaded to the app!

2. BEHR’s ColorSmart

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So you know exactly what kind of furniture to get, and where each piece needs to go, but you haven’t got an eye for color. No worries, as BEHR’s ColorSmart is here to save the day! The app lets you find winning color combinations for any palette you’d like to use. You can even test out color selections on generic room images straight from the app!

3. MagicPlan

Ever struggled to create a floor plan? Your smartphone can now help you out with mapping out your house! MagicPlan uses your device’s camera and gyroscope to map out a floor plan for your house. The floor plans are then extracted as .jpg or .pdf for ease of use.

If you plan on using any of these apps, however, you need to make sure that you’re making the most of your phone. Kim Shadbolt, blogger and mobile app expert from Pocket Fruity, says to always remember to use WiFi instead of 3G on your phone whenever possible. “it’s cheaper because you won’t use up all your data allowance,” she writes in a blog post, and because you’re working from home, a reliable WiFi connection should always be around.

Do you have any other apps you like to use for DIY projects?