Is your home in dire need of a refresh? One room might look like it needs a fresh coat of paint, while another may have various issues that need fixing. Whatever you need to do around the house, there’s some help at hand, courtesy of various apps on the App Store.
Here’s 10 of the best when it comes to giving you inspiration, useful tips or the details of someone else who can fix it for you.
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1. wikiHow (Free) - WikiHow offers over 150,000 how-to guides for free. They're not all related to DIY and interior design, but there are still thousands of tips and tricks on how to fix various problems in your home. A kind of Swiss Army Knife of advice, WikiHow is just as happy to tell you how to hang wallpaper, as it is to suggest a meal idea for dinner, or even how to train your beloved dog.
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2. Snapguide (Free) - Want even more guides? Snapguide has a particularly useful DIY section, offering up some great project ideas, as well as some useful advice on more monotonous tasks. You can even create your own guide and share it with others, thereby expanding the content that's available. A commenting system is also useful in giving the app more of a community feeling.
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3. BrightNest (Free) - Partly a how-to guide app, BrightNest goes one step further. It helps you schedule tasks in advance, organizing your life, and helping you keep on top of regular DIY tasks that need repeating. With customized tips and extra reminders, BrightNest goes some way to encouraging you to always be on track with your major home improvement projects.
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4. The Home Depot (Free) - It's likely that if you need to work on a home improvement project, you also need to go buy some relevant equipment to do so. The Home Depot is one such option, and its app is pretty good. Appreciating how big the stores are, you can use the app in store to detect where you are, before giving you directions to whatever item you're looking for. It'll save you plenty of time.
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5. iHandy Carpenter ($1.99) - iHandy Carpenter replaces many physical tools that are all too cumbersome at times. It works as a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level bar, steel protractor and ruler, ensuring you can measure accurately and check that surfaces are level. Best of all, it means you don't have to carry multiple separate tools while working on your DIY project.
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6. Adornably (Free) - Figuring out how a new piece of furniture will look in a room isn't always easy to do. Sure, you can imagine it, but it's not the same as actually seeing it there. And who wants to rearrange everything for no reason? Adornably is an app that allows you to take a photo of the room, then start placing pieces of furniture, as well as decorate walls and upholstery. For trying to visualize a change of look, it's ideal.
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7. Houzz Interior Design Ideas (Free) - Houzz is about inspiring you to create a new look for your home. You can use it to browse millions of photos of interiors and exteriors, searching by style, room and location. Then you can piece things together and design your own dream home, gaining insight into what could work in your own space. You can even use it to contact people that can turn it into a reality.
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8. Home Design 3D (Free) - Allowing you to redesign your home from scratch, Home Design 3D means you can draw up rooms, create openings and even add or remove walls. For those dealing with a more complex home renovation project, it's great for seeing just how a new extension or change of build can affect the rest of your home. A drag and drop interface means it's a breeze to arrange.
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9. Homestyler Interior Design (Free) - Homestyler enables you to create your home in a 3D world, placing furniture and light fixtures in appropriate places. using various brands and product combinations means you can easily pick up your favorite items in a store, after manipulating them on screen. A change of color or wallpaper also gives you insight into how something will look, before you commit yourself to actual effort. A design stream offers how-to guides and articles.
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10. Handy (Free) - Tried your best to fix something yourself? Failed miserably? Use Handy instead. It's like Uber but for handymen. You can look up different professionals through the service, with appointments available seven days a week. Each of them has been background checked so you know they're worth using. It could save you from doing that difficult task yourself.