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A cool small-office planner

A cool small-office planner

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Rafe Needleman Former Editor at Large
Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.
Rafe Needleman
If you're running a small business, you probably can't afford the expense of a professional office planner, nor even the time it will take to plan out the best use of your space. One tool that I've used is Ikea's Office Planner, a free download that makes short work of placing desks, chairs, and storage units into a virtual office space. You just enter the dimensions of your room and drag images of office furniture into a 2D or 3D representation of it. Of course, all of the furniture is Ikea's. When you're done with your plan, the program will print out a shopping and price list.

You can do similar things with a drafting product like Visio, but the Ikea software is marvelously simple. Likewise, Ikea furniture is easy to buy. This is a great tool.