With the advent of online shopping, giving your space a makeover can now be done without all the heavy lifting. For instance, purchasing a new sofa is as easy as clicking through your favorite furniture websites and having it delivered straight to your doorstep. And while nothing can replace the thrill of shopping for home furnishings in person, there’s no denying the convenience of being able to go through your shopping list without ever having to step foot outside your house. There’s just one problem – how do you make sure your newest purchases match the rest of your space? Well, there’s an app for that. Available on the IOS and Android system, Hutch lets you try out furniture in your space with the option of purchasing it right there and then. Read on for a thorough review of the app.
Designing Your Room
As soon as you open Hutch, a sign in page prompts you to key in your account details to access the rest of the app. Don’t worry if you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up with Facebook or your personal email in just a matter of seconds.
The app interface is straightforward and easy to use, and I appreciate the helpful guide that tells users where to click to start creating their dream space.
To start a new design project, you’re given the option to pick between a living room, bedroom or dining room. Although these are probably the most popular rooms to revamp in a home, it would still be nice to have the option of redesigning the kitchen or bathroom. Nonetheless, I went for a small living room from the in-app gallery and began by picking my key furniture pieces.
To view the various furniture options, all you have to do is swipe right. I was aiming for an Art Deco-inspired living room, so I chose a luxurious lilac sofa and paired it with a gray and gold velvet armchair and a brass parabola console from Anthropologie. The console was on sale, so I decided to look through its details and add it to my cart!
After completing your design, Hutch gives you a breakdown of how much all the items cost, along with an option to add to cart. While the cart feature comes in handy, Hutch doesn’t allow you to play around with furniture placement or give you a drop-down list of categories of furniture to choose from. This means you have to keep swiping right to go from picking a sofa to a side chair, up until you get to accessories like artwork and tabletop decor.
3D Rendering Your Space
Of course, I had to try the app with my own space. I was excited to give my room a new look so I snapped a photo and uploaded it to the app. Unfortunately, Hutch needs to 3D render your space before it shows up on the app, so I had to wait an hour before my space was ready.
With plenty of apps that use augmented reality already in the market, it’s quite disappointing to have to wait an hour with Hutch. I left the app running while I went to do other tasks around the house.
My living room initially had a high table with several bar stools, but I was surprised to find them all erased after their 3D rendering. It’s great to not have to move around furniture to clear out spaces for the app, especially if you’re in the middle of a major redesign, so the app gets points for that. As for designing the room, I was given the option to add more wall art and lighting in this room compared with the living room I had designed earlier.
Other App Features
Aside from 3D rendering and in-app shopping, you can also discover designs from other users, ensuring you never run out of inspiration when designing your space.
Hutch also offers other features like being able to bookmark your favorite home items by adding them to your ‘Favorites’. As for your completed designs, they show up under the ‘Designs’ page of the app for easy reference.
Overall, Hutch is definitely a user-friendly app that does what it claims to do, albeit not extensively. It’s perfect for matching furniture and decor items with each other to get a cohesive look, but you can’t move them around or decide to add more items in the room. If you enjoy shopping for furniture and trying them at home, Hutch is a useful companion to go along with your redesign efforts – it is free after all. But be ready to wait a while for the app to prepare the photo of your space, and expect to not have a say when it comes to the color of your walls and floors.
Still on the lookout for design apps that can help make your dream home come true? Read our review of Photo Measures, an app that lets you save measurements of your home on your phone.