IKEA Home Planner:
IKEA has a 3-D kitchen planner on their website. I had to install something on my computer to make it work, but that was a breeze.
I figured since our office cabinets will most likely all be from the kitchen cabinet department, that it would work out well. But unless I was doing it wrong (which I very well may have been), I couldn't seem to adjust the elevation of the cabinets. For instance, I want the "over the fridge" cabinet to be located under a desk. But I couldn't seem to get it lower than an "over the fridge" height.
The software started out alright, and for straightforward plans, it is probably fine. But I abandoned this software due to frustration. Maybe I was missing an obvious button/preference?
I did like that you can choose wall colours, floor colours, etc.
This one started out alright - I was able to add room dimensions and carpet fairly quickly. But when I realized I couldn't customize the size of the furniture, I gave up right away. Again, might have been doing something wrong, but I don't think so!
This one has proven to be the best so far. Lots of customization available. You can change the wall colours and the floor colour. You can insert a standard piece of furniture (for instance and L-shaped sofa), and then change the dimensions and the colours. So I was able to put together our basement TV Room and future office pretty accurately.
There were a few hiccups - I tried adding a "wall shelf", and changing the elevation to 5' (as I would like to hang one approximately 5' off the ground). But I guess the wall shelf is defaulted to already be a few feet off the ground (how many, I'm not sure), so the shelf went skyrocketing far above the ceiling height. I had to play around with it to get it roughly where I wanted, and you'll notice in the screenshot that it's above the cabinets... so it's still not quite right. I also tried to add wall cabinets below the counter/desk, and one appears (on the right), but struggled to get one on the left too. This is a similar issue to the IKEA planner, but this one was easier to manipulate and play around with.
I love the 3-D views of this one. It can be rotated to see it from all different angles.
I also tried Google Sketchup, but it seemed so elaborate that I didn't even bother delving into it. I hear it's immensely capable.... but for this particular project I'm looking for ease and speed.
Have you tried any of these programs? Or a different program? Which have you had success with?