How much do interior designers cost?

By January 24, 2013Blog

Well, there are a few ways to charge for interior design services, but the bulk of our projects are a combination of the flat project fee and commissions.

We’re happy to have you here. The concept of our new blog is to add a little substance to the pretty pictures on our Facebook page by discussing interior design topics, answering questions and sharing our projects with you. We also want to attempt to “de-mystify” interior design process in general.

But more importantly, we want this to be interesting to you – So please comment and let us know what you think!

First up, we’re going to tackle the #1 question that’s on everyone’s mind:

How much do interior designers cost?

Well, there are a few ways to charge for interior design services, but the bulk of our projects are a combination of the flat project fee and commissions.

Flat Project Fee:

An interior designer quotes a specific fee and includes a detailed list of services and the time frames that these services are covered. When a client has a project that exceeds a $40,000 budget, we use this fee structure because both sides win. The client doesn’t feel like they are in the dark regarding never ending design costs and our team knows exactly what is expected and how much time they need to work on a project.

Commissions:

Most LA designers charge between 30 and 40% commission on items that they purchase on behalf of the client. This includes trade-only items (like furniture from the PDC), custom designed and built items (like cabinetry and furniture) as well as any retail purchases called for in the design plan. Of course, clients can also buy retail items directly from the retailer and save that cost if they choose to do so.

Hourly Rate:

This is simple way to pay for design services and it works best for small projects with limited amount of time required for completion. In general, rates can run from $50 per hour for a student to a reported $1,500 per hour for a world-famous designer. We like to use this structure when clients only need a little bit of our time and we charge $150 – $250 per hour, based on the specific tasks.

Square Footage:

This is usually the structure that designers use when they work on hospitality and commercial projects. It takes into account the amount of square feet that will be covered on a project; For example a 10,000 square foot property with 6,000 square feet of exterior space that is being billed at $6 per square foot, would have an interior design fee of $96,000.

I’ve attached some picture of a small bedroom project we’re doing in West Hollywood. It’s our contemporary take on a classic and traditional room. Check out the concept and all the components that go into a design plan!

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