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Floor Design Online - How to Use the Free and Quick Software Tools
Lisa Hobbie // 2019
How to room design online with a free flooring plannerHave you ever been interested in updating or remodeling a room, but wish you had an expert to help you? Perhaps you have considered hiring a live designer to look at your space to help you customize it. Now, you can use a free room design online tool to help layout and design your space, with the ability to view a virtual snapshot of what your best or favorite design will look like! Using software on Greatmats website will allow you to complete your room design online and buy the products you need to turn the concept into reality! You simply need to know what product you would like to view, the dimensions of the space you’re designing, and then allow the software to go to work for you! It works well for any room of your home, office, garage, and more.
Room design online tools allow you to experiment with different color, product, and layout options, so you can decide what it will take to create the space you desire. Whether you are planning to remodel, redecorate, or re-floor your room, free flooring planner tools make it easy for you to create your room design online. It’s as if you have a professional designer available at your fingertips!
When you can virtually view your room design, you can then make choices and decisions that you can be confident about - while potentially saving you time and money. If you aren’t technologically savvy, don’t worry. These online tools are fun to use, and there are typically step-by-step instructions on how to use these tools – which are extremely user friendly.
Greatmats’ Room Design Online Tool
In addition to top notch service and quality, Greatmats.com offers the best in flooring and room design online options. To begin, simply go to the website and select the category and specific product that you’re considering for your space. Then, click the “Create a Custom Room Design” link and “start a new room.” Enter the dimensions and directions of your room until it looks like the space that you’re designing. You will start by putting in length of one wall, then, change the direction and put in the dimension of the next, and so on. Continue until you have outlined the shape and size of your room. If you are having trouble getting it right, like if you have odd shapes to your walls, you can close the room by clicking ''next.'' It will then give you some suggested room options, and you can pick the one that seems to be the closest to your room.
Next, you will switch to grid mode. Here, you will get to select the colors you want to work with. Keep in mind, the colors are intended only for visual representation and will not be exactly as they will be when you order them. To choose a color, simply click on the one you want. If you want to alternate between two colors, choose the option for “checker board” – which allows for a front and back color in working with the grid. You can then choose the option to “fill all” to see how it will look, and if you don’t like it, you can choose to “clear” it and start over. You can then choose to just do one color, “solid” option, or, you can work with the tiles individually by selecting a color and clicking on the tile where you want to put the color. You can also mouse over the grid, click, and drag the whole image around – to see various layouts around windows, etc.
If you need to go back and modify anything, you simply delete lines you’ve created and replace them with new ones. Once you are satisfied with your design, you can either “request a quote” or “add items to cart”. If you add the items to your cart, it will migrate the colors and quantities of products used in your design right to your shopping cart. If you request a quote, it will send the product, color and quantity to the request a quote form on the Greatmats.com website. Or, you can “save for later” – which saves a simple text file to your computer, only.
If you have any questions about using the room design online tool, or, about any of the products at Greatmats, friendly and knowledgeable customer service agents are ready to assist you! They can answer questions about the best products for your space, any concerns you may have about those products, estimated shipping times, materials used to make the products, and so much more.
How to use Greatmats’ Virtual Room VisualizerEveryone loves to shop online, right? Clothing, accessories, products for your home... it’s all available at your fingertips. Have you considered shopping for flooring, online, though? Perhaps, you like to check products out and view pricing and color options from various online vendors, but you hesitate to make the purchase, as you don’t really know how the products you’re interested in will look in your space. Well, if that has been holding you back in the past, it doesn’t have to anymore! With the Greatmats’ free virtual room visualizer, you can view a product in the actual room you are updating! You simply upload a photo from your device using the software on Greatmats.com, and you can tour your room with the selected flooring option in it!
The room visualizer tool is so easy to use, and it can be found on select product pages underneath the photos of the products. Let’s use floor tile, for example. Imagine you want to resurface your home kitchen with raised floor tile. You’d visit that product page on Greatmats.com and scroll down to find the blue button that reads, “See My Room View with this Product.” After clicking on that option, a new window will open with the option in the top left corner to “Use Photo of my Room”. Select that option and upload a picture of your kitchen. Once your photo uploads, you will see the original flooring was replaced with the raised floor tile product you’re viewing. Towards the bottom right side of the screen, you will see the option to “change color” or “rotate tile”. These will allow you to experiment with various colors and patterns to achieve the exact look you’re going for. The room visualizer really allows for you to see how the tile you’re considering will look in reality! If you think you may like a product but want to swap it out just to be sure, you can simply choose the option to “Change Product” under the center of the photo. This will allow you to select a different flooring option the Greatmats offers. Take your time and play around with the room visualizer until you get it just how you want it to look. Once you are happy with your design, you may choose to “view details” from the top right corner of the screen, and you will be taken back to the product page where you may add the specific product into your shopping cart. Or, you may choose to “Save” your work, or, “Share” it via social media, email, or, by capturing the link to your room visualizer image.
The virtual room designer also works great to visualize a dance floor. Perhaps you’re ready to upgrade your studio to a Rosco Adagio Marley floor, but you want to see how it will look in your space before making the investment. Well, simply view the product page, scroll down to “See My Room View with this Product”. You will then upload a picture of your studio and view it with the desired flooring! You will have the option to then save your work or share it! Keep in mind, in the case of rolled flooring that the rolls are necessarily viewed to scale and may appear as tiles. These should be used mainly for color purposes.
Perhaps, you have a gym or training facility, and you are considering the addition of grappling MMA mats to your existing base floor. The room visualizer works with this scenario, as well. Simply follow the same steps described above and view the mats in your training space – with the ability to rotate the flooring, switch out colors, return to the product page, save it for later, or share with your friends! For interlocking puzzle mats, you again may not see the puzzle edges of the tile, but it will help you see how the color and texture of the mats will work in your space.
The room visualizer tool on Greatmats.com is truly a design lifesaver.
You can literally redesign each room of your home or business by picking out perfect flooring options to fit your unique space. Whether tile, roll, Marley floor, MMA mats or other flooring options are what you’re considering, the virtual room designer allows you to feel confident in the color and product choice you decide on, because you have actually seen what it will look like – before you even purchase it. To ensure you get the best visual of your room, simply take several photos of the room, and complete the upload process a few times. This way, you will be able to view the flooring from different angles. If you’re having trouble deciding on a color or pattern, complete the room visualizer process a few times with the same picture, and save them to view them side by side!
How to use Greatmats Flooring CalculatorIf you don't feel you need to go through the entire room design process - maybe because your space is pretty standard sized - and you just need to know how much flooring to buy, whether it be rubber roll, laminate tile, rubber tile, carpet squares, or anything else, Greatmats Quick Count Calculator his a helpful tool.
How to determine how much flooring you need
To calculate how much flooring you will need, you could use a tape measure or similar device to determine your room’s length and width. (If you have irregularly shaped floors, you may find it helpful to divide the floors into individual sections, calculate the square feet of each section, and then add them together). Once you determine those measurements, you would multiply the length by the width to get your square footage. So, if your room was 10 feet by 10 feet, for example, you would need enough flooring for 100 square feet. But perhaps, that is overwhelming to try to figure out – based on the size options of the flooring. If this is the case, our free online flooring calculator provides a quick way to determine the count you will need and the price it will cost based on the square footage information you provide. After using this flooring calculator, you will feel confident that you have the amount of product you need when you’re ready to install your new floor in your design area.
Using the flooring calculator
To access the free flooring calculator, navigate to the product page of choice. You will see the flooring calculator underneath the pricing and above the color swatches on the product page. It reads, “Quick Count Calculator”. When you open the tool, you will be asked one of two questions. If it is a “roll” product, you may be asked to provide the roll length you need, and the number of rolls you want to work with. You will also have the option to just enter the room's dimensions. The software will then provide you with the number of rolls that you need, or the length of roll which you can then add to your cart.
For mats and tiles, it will ask you to enter the width and length (in feet) of the room you’re working with. The tool will then calculate the number of tiles (or amount of product) you will need to purchase to complete your project.
5% overage option
You will notice that you have the option to plan for a 5% overage. This option is located to the left of the “calculate” button. The overall general rule of thumb when purchasing flooring is to add 10 percent for installations requiring less than 1,000 square feet of material and 5-7 percent for installations that require more than 1,000 square feet. Greatmats products are precision cut, and it provides online tools to help you determine the exact amount you will need. Even so, some people choose the plan for an overage, just to account for mistakes, damage from cutting, etc. If you plan to install a product yourself, it may be a good idea to have some extra on hand. It’s also nice to have should you need to replace or repair an area of the flooring, in the future. In either scenario, a 5 percent overage should be enough. If this is something you’d like to plan for and avoid additional shipping costs for an additional order, select “yes”. If you are confident you have just what you need and will not run into issues, select “no”.
Interlock Loss and other factors
Something to keep in mind is that some products do have interlock loss. For example, if you are selecting a 2x2 puzzle mat and you want to cover a 10x10 area in your room, the flooring calculator will tell you that you need 31 tiles where you may think it should suggest 25 tiles. The difference is to accommodate for interlock loss – meaning, the actual coverage area may be slightly smaller. Information on this interlock loss can be found under “Specifications” of a product. Something else to keep in mind is that if your area is slightly larger than what fits nicely into the flooring's natural dimension, it will include additional tiles to make sure the area is completely covered. Should you be fine coming up a few inches smaller than originally specified, you may not need all of the tiles/mats/rolls it suggests. You also may be choosing a product with a universal interlock. In those cases, you may be able to reduce the number of tiles you'll need to cut to fit as they can be connected in any direction.
If you feel you may be an exception to the quick calculator formula, it is highly recommended that you speak with a Greatmats customer service representative to ensure you have the proper amount of flooring.
Greatmats has it all
Greatmats provides the highest level of quality, service, and dependability when it comes to your flooring needs. So, it should come as no surprise that we provide the best free online resources, such as our flooring calculator, to help you determine what will look the best in your room, how much you will need, and what the cost will be.
If you still have questions after using our online tools, you have the option to speak to one of our highly trained and knowledgeable customer service representatives. At Greatmats, our customers are truly number one, and we want to make sure you feel completely confident in the flooring investment you are making. To view our products and utilize our free planning tools, visit greatmats.com. Or, you may call toll-free 877-822-6622 to speak with one of our eager customer service representatives.