There’s a lot of confusion out there to whether or not Cricut Design Space is actually free. People buy a new Cricut machine like the Cricut Maker (check out our Maker Review) or Cricut Explore, get a free Access trial, and later find out they need to pay money to keep using their designs. So how much does Cricut Design Space cost?
Is Cricut Design Space Free? Yes, Cricut Design Space is free. Cricut Access, however, requires a monthly subscription.
The Confusing Difference Between Design Space and Access
Cricut Design Space is Cricut’s online design software (check out more software options) that lets you cut with the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore machines. Older machines like the Cricut Expression 2 and Cricut Mini used the older software known as Cricut Craft Room, which is no longer available (sorry!).
Cricut Access is the Cricut’s subscription to their Image Library. This means you can get access to use certain images for a monthly fee. Unlike Cricut Design Space, Cricut Access is not free.
So why do so many people think Cricut Design Space costs money? Well, when you purchase a new Cricut, you are given a free trial to Cricut Access. If you use any designs available through Cricut Access in a Design Space project, once your free trial expires, you won’t be able to use that project unless you continue to pay for Access.
This can make things quite confusing! To continue using projects that you created in Design Space that have images from Access, you’ll need to continue to pay. If you don’t want to pay for Access anymore, you can still use Design Space by using their free designs or by creating or importing your own.
Cricut Design Space vs Cricut Access
Here are some quick differences between Design Space and Cricut Access
- Requires monthly subscription
- Gives you access to Cricut’s Image Library
- Is not required to use Cricut Design Space
Cricut Design Space
- is 100% free
- Online software to use the Cricut machines
- Does not require Cricut Access to use
How Do I Get Cricut Design Space?
Cricut Design Space is accessed online at the Cricut Design Space website. In fact, you don’t even need to buy a Cricut to use it. Right now, unless you are using the Design Space App, you need to be online to use the software.
However, I just heard news that Cricut is coming with an Offline mode of Design Space! This is huge for people who want to design without internet connection.
How Do I Get Cricut Access?
If you want to try Cricut Access, you can head over to their Cricut Access Page. Once there, you’ll see the prices for Cricut Access.
They have 3 pricing options:
- Annual Subscription for $95.88 per year
- Premium Subscription for $119.88 per year
- Monthly Subscription for $9.99 per month
A lot of confusion in thinking that people might need to pay for Design Space (which is free) comes from their Cricut Access subscriptions expiring, often from their free trials. Once this happens, projects that contain Access images won’t be available unless you pay for the Access membership. This doesn’t mean you won’t’ be able to create new projects with Design Space.