Getting your home designed by a professional interior designer is something we’re all considering because it’s in vogue and seems like the smart thing to do. However, we’re also plagued with scepticism about one thing — how much does an interior designer charge? After all, it affects the interior design cost to a great extent.
With DIY tutorials and 5-minute crafts in every nook and corner of the internet, most of you might think that the interior design cost is simple to calculate. So, we did the homework for you to get you to alleviate any doubts you may have about interior design price. Also, it helps you prepare your bargains with the designers.
Read on to find out about
- Scope of work
- How are designer charges computed?
- Are there any add-on charges?
- Livspace Pricing
Scope of Work
While some interior designers take up only the designing, some help you pick the furniture and decor as well. If you want a hassle-free experience, then check for a designer who can supervise the entire work from procurement of furniture and decor, carpentry work for the kitchen and wardrobes along with installation. For any civil work required, check the entire scope. False ceiling, flooring and painting are also considered as separate services. The interior design price list varies based on all these tasks and services.
How are Designer Charges Computed?
If you think that designers usually take a lump sum amount for a design, that’s not always the case. The interior design price list is computed in different ways.
- Per Sqft: Based on the area of the home, the designer charges around ₹10 per sqft and this can go upto ₹100 as well, if you’re looking for design alone. However, inclusive of products, carpentry i.e, modular kitchen and wardrobes, flooring and ceiling, this price can shoot upto ₹2,000 – 3,000 too. It is better to check with the designer on what it includes as some of them only offer woodwork or some exclude soft furnishings like curtains, blinds and so on.
- Percentage of Overall Cost: The designer calculates the overall price of the project inclusive of products and services. Based on the total cost, they will charge around 6%-15% as a design fee. This can shoot upto 20% based on the level of design and expertise involved.
- Markup on Products: In layman terms, this means the designer will charge a premium on every product you buy. Eg: If your sofa’s cost price is around ₹20,000, the designer may mark it as ₹22,000 while charging it to the project. The premium varies from project to project.
- A Lump Sum: This is purely based on the designer’s discretion on how much they want to charge for a project. It can be based on a percentage, commission, per sqft or a combination of two or more categories. In many cases, the designers call this a fee and there is no transparency on what basis this is charged.
Are There Any Add-on Charges?
Interior design is a long process that involves multiple visits and iterations. But not everyone provides you with ample choices. Here are some interior design prices you might have to encounter.
Site Visit Charges: While the first 3-4 visits might be included in the fee they charge, anything over and above it can cost on an average of ₹1,500 per visit.
Iteration Charges: If you’re not satisfied with one design or ample changes are made multiple times, designers may charge a fee. Usually, they share 3-4 iterations without any fee. Anything more than will be chargeable. So check with your designer before you willy-nilly ask for different designs.
Design-only Cost: If it’s only the design you want, the designer can charge and interior design cost of around ₹20,000-50,000 for just furniture placement and ideas. For a three-dimensional (3D) view, the cost can go upto ₹75,000-₹1.5 lakh. Some designers charge per room view as well, which can vary from ₹4,000-6,000 per view. Hence, they consider the size of the home, along with the number of rooms.
Site Supervision Cost: If you want the designer to be present at the site to supervise the installation or carpentry, then they will charge you for the same. The price solely depends on what the project cost is.
We believe in transparency and we don’t have any hidden interior design cost. The final cost you pay at Livspace includes everything — furniture and products, design and management fee, charges for services, delivery and installation, and taxes. So, what is design and management fee? We charge a flat 8% to compensate for the designer’s time spent on the project. But there is no cause for worry because you can now get your interiors done with no cost EMIs.
Interior Designers In A Post-COVID World
Like everything else around us, the business of interior design is also changing as we learn to live with this pandemic. For instance, every home now needs at least one workstation. And can you even imagine having interiors that are fussy and difficult to clean; certainly not after we had to do all the cleaning ourselves for more than 2 month! There are numerous ways in which home interiors must now adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. For this, you need a professional designer who can help you design for the “new normal”.
We know that details about the interior design price list might be too much to take in at once. So, Read This Before Meeting a Designer.
**Prices mentioned are indicative of market standards and can vary based on designer, location and scope of work.