Getting your home designed by a professional 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?
We did the homework for you to get you to alleviate any doubts you may have. Also, it helps you prepare your bargains with the designers. We’ve also covered what Livspace charges since we believe in transparency.
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. How much does an interior designer charge 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. There are different ways a designer can compute the cost.
- 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 the 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.
But that’s not all! Interior design is a long process that involves multiple visits and iterations. But not everyone provides you with ample choices. Here are some rates 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 require ample changes to be 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 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. Here, the price solely depends on what the project cost is.
We believe in transparency and we don’t have any hidden costs. 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.
We know all these numbers might be too much to take in at once. So, here is a checklist on how you can hire a designer suitable for your requirements.
**Prices mentioned are indicative of market standards and can vary based on designer, location and scope of work.