How much does it cost to decorate?

We have helped hundreds of clients to change to their houses into homes. It is always a common issue with all of them … , they tend to be excited and in good spirits until they find out it costs not hundreds, but many thousands to furnish and decorate a home, not to mention remodelling where is not only a cost of material is involved, but permits, contractor cost, project management etc….  Even with the cheapest quality product, the number will be in the thousands.

Throughout my career, we have done tiny budget and high end projects, and therefore have the experience to tell consumers exactly what to expect before they start on their quest for furniture.  There is a very wide range, which I will try to explain below.

I will cover the span of costs between tiny budget and high end budget for an average family room.  No remodeling, re-flooring, or re-painting.

Description Low cost High cost
1 sofa 3000 15000
1 armchair 1500 4000
1 coffee table 900 3500
1 end table 500 1500
1 TV stand 1500 4000
1 rug 800 3200
2 window treatment 1500 4000
2 table lamp 400 1500
1 ceiling lamp 300 5000
accessories 800 7000
labour and deliveries 400 1000
TOTAL 11600 49700

What “low cost” means based on the above numbers.  The “low cost” items above are in reference to the sort of furniture quality one finds at IKEA, low end discount furniture stores, or second hand sources.  This is furniture that usually will not last more than a couple years before looking beaten down.  The “accessories” are sparse, but the finished look is adequate, if done properly.  That’s where a good designer comes in handy. Please NOTE: that ‘low cost’ drives up the ‘labour cost’ unless you are prepared to pick up the items by yourself, assemble and carry. Most shops (nor second hand shopping!) offers free delivery or assembly..

The “higher cost” numbers are in reference to the type of quality that will last for decades, if not forever, with proper care.  Superior quality, not just in construction, but in aesthetic appeal.  Accessories are more unique, custom made or one of a kind..

To clients with low budgets most likely will not have the option to invest in full service design, but we always recommend at least an initial consultation.  In this case, we help develop a floor plan and design concept that can help the clients to guide in their furniture search.  If the budget allows, full service design is excellent for those who have busy schedules.  We take care of the planning, ordering, and arrangements for delivery/installations.