You dream of a sofa, but you don’t know how your vague idea of a sofa will actually work in your living space. Or you go to a furniture store, measurements in hand, looking to acquire a table, but you don’t know if that table will be see all wrong, even if it technically fits into your dining room.
But what if you could alleviate all that stress with an app? Ikea is trying to provide the solution with its latest addition in the realm of handy AR tools, which it calls Ikea Studio. Made in partnership with Danish interior design lab Space10, the app aims to use an iPhone’s LiDAR sensors to understand your living space and determine whether your favorite Ikea ottoman or the oversized lamp will fit into your living room. .
He is currently in beta, downloadable via TestFlight, although unfortunately it is only available on iOS. Nonetheless, if you can install it, you’ll probably find it useful to try it out before your next trip to the Big Yellow and Blue Box. Everything to make the excursion a little less an odyssey (in the classic sense of the term).
How to use Ikea Studio
The gist is pretty straightforward: the app captures a floor plan of a room you want to redecorate, then lets you browse a limited catalog of Ikea offerings that match the dimensions of your room. Ideally, it will replace your existing furniture with white boxes, easily replaced with the images of the Ikea furniture you select. The scanning system takes into account the presence of windows and doors and allows you to change the color of a wall. If you want to try out some of the more superfluous capabilities of augmented reality, the app also lets you turn digital lights on and off, just in case you have a limited imagination and want to see what might look like. your proposed quarters. more or less light.
More usefully, you can see what your scalloped shelving walls look like, or how they might appear if painted a delicious shade of seaweed green:
When you are done exploring the possibilities, you can export a 3D or 2D rendering of your floor plan. Hopefully the process will make the monotonous task of outfitting your home a bit less, provided you are happy to call on Ikea for all your furnishing needs. (If not, keep reading.)
A precursor to Apple Glass?
There just needs to be an exclusive business model in place, right? In an interview with Wired In the UK, Space10’s head of digital design Tommy Campbell suggested that the arrival of Apple’s AR glasses would provide a broader framework for Ikea’s digital furniture ambitions.
He told the magazine:
So we made some very deliberate decisions to paint Studio’s vision as one that can exist both on the smartphone or in a glasses-like frame. We’ve also used a new Render Reality Kit from Apple that allows us to achieve a level of detail on these models that has never been seen before in IKEA’s AR portfolio.
Apple Glass or not, the iPhone beta app offers an exciting new way to explore your decorating options without pulling out a tape measure.
Other apps do the same
Ikea app might look like best in class at present, but that does not cancel those which preceded. If you don’t have an iPhone or don’t want to condemn yourself to becoming an Ikea brand warrior, there are other apps that do the same (or a similar thing).
- Magicplan Also makes a floor plan of your surroundings and integrates with Amazon, expanding the scope of what you can order and view. It is available for ios and Android.
- Houzz is a little different, in that it has photos that you can browse hoping to find a creative spark, but it also allows you to take a photo of your surroundings to see what new props would like in your digs . It is also available on ios and Android.
- Dulux viewer reminds us of how important painting can be. The paint company has their own app that lets you upload a photo to see what color would work best for your walls. Available for ios and Android.
- Oh yes, and then there is Wayfair. The online furniture supplier offers an app that is eerily similar to Ikea, in that you can see how their exclusive offers fit into your home. It is in motion Android and ios.