A New Revolution in Interior Design: Furniture Rendering
A spacious, modern living room with lots of lightingA New Revolution in Interior Design: Furniture Rendering

Reimagining the interior design of a home or office isn’t easy. Regardless of how many Pinterest and Instagram posts you come across showcasing the wonders of modern design, it’s challenging to translate an idea from a picture to real space, especially when it comes to furniture.

To ensure that a piece of furniture matches your aesthetics, you need to consider its size and materials carefully and consider the space you have available, the interior lighting, and more. Until recently, the only way to envision precisely how a piece of furniture would look in a room would be to buy it – if it matches, excellent. If not, you’re stuck with it.

However, with furniture rendering, you don’t have to make such commitments.

Furniture rendering has completely revolutionized interior design, making it easy to determine how well a piece of furniture fits in with the overall space without requiring you to buy it or test it out in real life (IRL). Learn how you can improve your interior design with furniture rendering.

Design renderings explained

Simply put, design renderings are computer-generated images, animations, or videos. They’re made using specialized software that enables the creation of unique textures, materials, and effects, and they boast an array of applications.

Animated movies and video games, for instance, are made through 3D rendering. So are many product ads. You’ll find 3D renders in virtual reality (VR) content, architectural design, and increasingly more in interior design.

Furniture design renderings enable the artists to create realistic representations of furniture in a virtual environment that’s an accurate reflection of a real-world space such as your home or office. The designs are created up to scale, meaning that all the floorplans, details, and design elements are proportionate to their real-world counterparts. If a bed frame, for example, takes up a quarter of your room IRL, it will take up a quarter of the room within the render.

Depending on the artist’s skills and your preference, furniture design renders can be photorealistic and life-like.

How is 3D rendering different from modeling?

When you first get into 3D interior designs, you’ll come across two different concepts – 3D rendering and 3D modeling. Although they’re at times used interchangeably (and wrongly so), they are distinct processes. However, they’re both necessary for the creation of furniture design.

Every 3D render first starts with a 3D model.

3D models are significantly more technical. Being analytical illustrations and looking like blueprints, they outline the overall shape of the design, ensuring that every line, angle, and curve is precise. The artist needs to rely heavily on mathematical equations to get the right size and shape of the model.

Every 3D model starts from a simple shape such as a plane, polygon, or sphere to represent the basic structure of the object. Then, the artist uses different tools to modify the shape and create something much more complex. The result is a three-dimensional outline that has no additional design elements. It simply represents the 3D shape of the object in question.

With the 3D model complete, the artist can then start creating 3D renders. The render adds additional details to the model, making it look more realistic. With the render, you can add different textures, tones, colors, and materials, going so far as to create a photorealistic representation of an object such as an architectural design or a piece of furniture.

How 3D renderings affect furniture design

3D renderings have had an immense effect on furniture design. They’ve opened up a world of possibilities, offering more flexibility and more customization options than it was ever before possible.

Artists can seamlessly test out different versions of their designs, playing around with shapes, sizes, textures, materials, and more to create truly unique pieces that have both form and function. They can create realistic models and see precisely how well they fit in with the space. Most importantly, they can share their designs with clients before investing time, money, and valuable resources into manufacturing a piece that might or might not match their tastes and preferences.

Why is furniture rendering important?

Furniture renderings play a critical role in interior designs, offering various benefits to artists and their clients.

Primarily, they eliminate the potential for misunderstandings. A photorealistic render shows what the end product would look like, down to the last detail. It boasts accurate measurements, accurate colors, and textures, ensuring that you know what to expect.

Secondly, furniture renders allow you to play around with different designs without wasting time or money. If you want to test out a different sofa shape or bookshelf texture, you can do so with a single click.

Finally, renders can help you clearly envision the final project with all the design elements put together. With the full 3D render of your interior, you’ll get to see how different furniture pieces fit together, how they complement each other, and how your entire room looks – all before the remodel has even started IRL.

How 3D rendering presents furniture in a better way

3D rendering of furniture lets you experience different designs in a brand new light, all with the help of virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality.

Using VR tech, your artist can render your entire space, with every wall, door, and window exactly where they’re supposed to be. With a VR headset, you can take a virtual tour of your home or office and see all the furniture pieces as if they were really there. You can inspect every nook and cranny, see how your interior looks during the day and nighttime, and enjoy the design long before the remodel has been set into motion.

AR tech might be even more exciting to some. Using your smartphone, you can point the camera to a room corner and see a superimposed image of furniture designs in real-time.

3D rendering presents furniture in a better light, allowing you to interact with different designs without committing to them.


Furniture rendering is a game-changer for the interior design industry. It brings an abundance of benefits, allowing designers and clients to better understand each other and create picture-perfect furniture pieces.