Floorplanners meets… Kaplan Early Learning Company

At Floorplanner we are always curious to see how companies from all over the world are using our products. In our monthly Floorplanner meets… series we share their stories. 

This month we are meeting Kaplan Early Learning Company. Founded in 1951, Kaplan is North America’s leading provider of products and services that enhance the early childhood learning experience. Senior Vice President Chris Gerblick talks about the company’s mission and how their customers rave about using Roomstyler to decorate early childhood classrooms.


Can you tell us a little bit about Kaplan? 

“We originally started in 1951 as a toy company. But in 1969, our current President, Hal Kaplan, made it his mission to make a difference by bringing the best quality products and services to early childhood classrooms. We believe the construction of quality learning environments, that allow children to learn through exploration and play, is a vital part of the education experience.” 

How does Kaplan use Roomstyler?

“In a couple of ways actually. First, we provide Roomstyler, or was we named it ‘Classroom FloorPlanner’ as a free resource to visitors of our website. It allows educators to gain a visual understanding of how our furniture will fit in their space. Second, our employees use the tool in consultation with customers to help them design rooms.” 

How has Roomstyler impacted your business? 

“We looked at several options for room arrangement software and wanted a tool that provided the most functionality, while remaining easy to use.  Roomstyler really found that balance. It fits our mission to bring the best resources to the industry. Customers rave about it, and it continuously ranks among the most visited sections of our website. We provide it as a free resource, but it remains a wonderful branding experience and allows us to help customers make wise decisions.”

What are Kaplan’s plans for the future? 

“We’re excited to launch our updated version of the Classroom FloorPlanner. With this new launch, we’ve added functionality, such as shopping lists and more product details. Future plans are to add additional furniture lines and incorporate online design recommendations.”

Why does the design of a classroom matter?  

“Classroom arrangement is key to creating a high quality early childhood learning environment. Early childhood classrooms thrive with multiple interest areas and benefit from careful planning. For example, you want to put a space between an active play area and a quiet reading area. Having the ability to intentionally design a developmentally appropriate classroom and evaluate options using an online tool, such as Roomstyler, gives educators the chance to make the best use of their space.”

Roomstyler’s new dashboard & ideas page

All of your designs in one place

Your personal dashboard

With our latest update every Roomstyler user now has access to a personal dashboard, where you can see and manage every design you ever made. From the dashboard page you can easily view, edit or delete your rooms and moodboards. You can also search through all of your rooms and categorize them by adding one or multiple tags per design. Furthermore the dashboard shows the photos you’ve previously uploaded as well as the room designs from other Roomstyler users you liked in the past. 

Get ready to be inspired

Curious to see what other Roomstyler users are up to? Check out our brand new ideas page, where every interior enthusiast can browse through all of the rooms that were ever designed in Roomstyler. Apply different filters to search for the latest room designs, certain decorating styles or specific kinds of rooms. Of course you can also browse through the designs on your phone with the Roomstyler app for iOS.

Floorplanner meets teacher Christine Miserendino

At Floorplanner we are always curious to see how people from all over the world are using our products. In our monthly Floorplanner meets… series we share their stories. 

This month we are meeting Christine Miserendino, a future teacher from the United States who has been using Floorplanner to design the perfect classroom. Christine tells us why she believes Floorplanner to be a great tool for teachers and students alike. 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

“I am currently a sophomore studying Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. So far, my major has been a great experience even though I have been challenged a lot. I love the friends I have made here as well as my professors. They have given me a lot of great advice and tools to use to help my future classroom. Floorplanner was one the tools that my professor showed me. To use Floorplanner, I made an account and once I did, I started developing my future classroom with how it would look and what the overall layout would be.” 

Why does the design of a classroom matter?

“The point behind designing my future classroom using Floorplanner was to know how to make a classroom safe and manageable for learning. If a classroom is organised, clean, and safe, students are able to learn better physically, mentally, and emotionally since teaching is done in a more relaxed setting. If a classroom was messy and objects were hindering and potentially in the way of students, not much teaching (and learning) would get done. I would recommend using Floorplanner to other teachers because it is an easier way to allow the format and organisation of the classroom to be changed if need be; rather than waste time moving the classroom around and guessing where objects should go, Floorplanner helps a teacher layout their plan right in front of them so that no time is wasted and so there will be a safe environment for learning.

Would you also recommend use Floorplanner as an educational tool? 

“Floorplanner is a fun app and it definitely would engage students to use their creativity and design skills. Floorplanner can be used for fun activities such as having the students create their own ideal bedroom and then write down why they would want that. Floorplanner could also teach students about organisation and how to clean up and keep a neat and tidy space. When my teacher assigned us the task of using Floorplanner to make our own future classroom, I had a lot of fun setting up the layout of my room. I discovered that sometimes, even though you may want everything in your classroom, you must keep in mind how much space you have to manoeuvre so that the classroom is safe. Many times I had to move the items I had around so I could best keep the equipment I had, but also have a manageable classroom so students could properly learn.”

Update: 3D Doors & Windows

Floorplanner has taken yet another step towards turning your floor plans into a more realistic 3D floor plan.  

From now on when viewing your Floorplanner floorplan in 3D, not only the furniture pieces and accessories will be completely in 3D, but also the windows and doors! Before this update, the doors and windows were just a few flat images on the wall... Well, not anymore: from window frame to doorknob, you can now truly experience the dept of every single detail. Go give it a try in the 3D plan below:

p.s. We are still busy implementing this feature in the 3D render image export, but it already works great in the interactive 3D viewer in your browser. 

The must-have app for every interior enthusiast

Looking for some interior design inspiration? With the brand new Roomstyler Contest App you can now discover new and surprising designs each day. Get inspired and cast your vote in one of the many Roomstyler design contests or leisurely browse through millions of creative room designs. 

Browse around

With our new app you can browse through every single interior ever designed with the online 3D roomplanner Roomstyler. Apply a filter to search for certain decorating styles or a specific kind of room. Find something you love? Great! Give the design a like, comment on it or share it on social media.

Contest crazy

Roomstyler has a very active and inspiring community. Everyone with a (free) Roomstyler account can participate in weekly design contests where you can release your inner interior designer on themes such as the ideal man cave, exotic rooftop terrace or zen yoga studio. In the app you can closely follow every Roomstyler contest and cast your vote on your favourite designs.