Apps are such an integral part of our lives because we practically live on our smartphones. Since we use apps to shop, keep in touch with friends and family and play games, it’s only natural that we also use apps to help with DIY projects. With this calendar year, there has been an abundance of apps that make a great addition to your DIY arsenal of tools and we have listed all our favorites below.
Handyman Calculator (iOS and Android)
Sometimes DIY projects require a lot of calculation. From finding the square foot of a room to how many tiles you need to complete a project, if you are not a math person, it can be frustrating. This is where Handyman Calculator comes into play. This app can do unit conversions, calculate fractions, calculation density and dozens more calculations. This is a DIY must download.
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Home outside (iOS)
This iPhone app is perfect for getting your outdoor facility right. The app has 700 hand-drawn elements that you can use to plan your garden and landscape design. From decks to fireplaces to flower beds, you can replace them time and time again until you are ready to make the plan a reality.
Smart tools (Android)
Only available on Android, this is an all-in-one for avid DIYers when it comes to virtual tools. This app has digital versions of six common tools: a ruler, a gauge, a GPS-enabled compass, a sound meter, a flashlight and a device converter. It’s so convenient to have all these items in one central location that it quickly becomes one of your most used apps.
Photo dimensions (iOS and Android)
Another handy measurement app for both iPhones and Androids is Photo Measure. This is a paid app, but worth the cost in our opinion. The app allows you to take pictures of a space with your smartphone and then gives you color-coded measurements, angles and notes. Especially for those who carry out an abundance of DIY projects in your home, this is a must.
Paint Tester (iOS and Android)
Painting is a simple and common home improvement project, which makes Paint Tester a useful app to have on hand. Choosing paint colors for a wall can be a daunting task, but this app removes the guesswork. With the help of augmented reality, you can get an idea of what different palettes and colors would look like in your space. The app uses the device’s camera to project what the colors will look like on your walls. Also, if you have a swatch taped to a wall, the app will extend the color of the entire wall of your phone so you can get a better idea of what it will look like.
Woodshop Widget (iOS)
This iOS app is perfect for anyone who works with wood often. It is a paid app that offers useful calculators and converters. The app also provides estimates of different types of wood that can grow or shrink under different environmental conditions.
Smart Plant (Android)
For anyone who loves gardening or even caring for indoor plants, the Smart Plant app is for you. The app has the ability to create custom reminders about yours garden and can help identify plants and provide useful tips that describe how to care for what you grow.
There are so many DIY apps out there that it can be difficult to limit which is right for you. This guide is some of the best on the market to help you do all your DIY projects.