In short, its a great planning tool and it is free. Of course Lazyboy wants you to go to their site, see their furniture, and buy. Some of their furniture is truly wonderful and well built. Before we moved here to South Florida, we had a room full of the stuff that was 20 years old or more. I could have repaired the furniture, but we decided it was time and bought more when we got here recently (see earlier post).
When the tool was put in at La-Z-Boy, they could have locked you into their own furniture only and in doing so gutted the utility of it. That decision wasn't made and it made it much more useable. On the other hand, if you are considering new furniture, and La-Z-Boy is a possibility, I'd say go for it, and look at their offerings.
All of Lazyboy's current models are in the program, and you can pick and choose the ones you want to put in your room. You define the size of the room, find the type of piece in pull down (Chairs, Tables, Couches and Sofas and so forth) then the piece you are looking for and their furniture is already defined. Double click on the piece and it plops it down in your virtual room. You can spin it around and place it where you would want it without even buying a stick of furniture or moving a piece in your own room. Just take measurements of the room.
The next step would be to find all the pieces you have that are going to remain in the room, find similar pieces and size them to fit by dragging the edges so that your dimensions (Inches or Metric) fit. Everything is drawn to scale, and all the particulars are saved for you so that at the end when you print out your plan if you like, you get basically a Pick List of items with the models and names intact.
The fun starts when you have all the pieces in your room and want to try out alternate layouts. Why move that big TV across the room when you can do it virtually on your PC? I ended up spending about a day on the site after I had measured my existing pieces and laid them out just so I could place them in the room before we bought anything. It saved me from making some very costly mistakes of buying furniture that wouldn't have fit. When I got it in the room, after delivery, I knew exactly where everything was to go and what the alternate layouts were.
After I used the site, registered, saved my plans and printed them out, we got our furniture set up by the shippers and they're laid out just like I had planned. It made for a much easier design and layout and didn't require the services of an interior designer.
Thanks, La-z-boy, you were a great help!