We’ve probably all been there at some point: You move into a new place and you’re completely at a loss of how to design it. The rooms are different shapes than your last place and your furniture fits differently. With different architectural details, different lighting, and a new arrangement, you have to totally rethink what pieces suit the space and how to incorporate art and decor. Suddenly you’re overwhelmed by interior design ideas and want to throw everything out and start from scratch.
This is where hiring an interior designer can help. They can look at your space and help you discover your style, then help you find the right pieces and layout for your space. Sounds nice, right? But that probably leads you to your next question: How much does an interior designer cost? It’s a great question—with quite a range of answers.
How Much Does an Interior Designer Cost?
Design fees and hourly rates vary, but working with a traditional interior designer can cost anywhere from $75-$450 per hour. With the time these projects take, you could easily spend a total of $2,000-$5,000 per room, depending on your location and skill level of the designer. (And that doesn’t include the furniture and decor you actually end up buying.) Other designers charge a flat fee, which is generally in the thousands of dollar range. Traditional interior design is definitely a great option if you want the experience of working with someone face-to-face and have the time and money to dedicate to the process.
However, there are other options—and they can save you quite a bit of money. If you’re looking for design help but want a solution that’s not only affordable but is fast, easy, and can be done completely online, virtual interior design might be the way to go.
Sure, we might be a bit biased, but we really believe that using an online interior design service is the right choice for a lot of people. There are so many benefits of virtual interior design, but the biggest one is how much money you can save. If you want to learn a bit more about how online interior design works and why it might be right for you, keep reading. We’ve rounded up 7 ways online interior design can save you money.
1. Priced Per Room, Not Per Hour
The biggest difference of working with Modsy vs. traditional interior designers? The way we charge. At Modsy, working with an interior designer starts at $159. Unlike most traditional designers, we charge per room, not per hour. This flat fee means you know exactly what you’re paying for, up front. Of course, if you choose to buy furniture or decor through us, that’s extra—but there are no hidden fees or unexpected costs when you work with us. With that flat fee, you get unlimited revisions, so you can work with your designer until your design is just right, or your money back!
2. Know Your Furniture Fits and Looks Good Together
Buying the wrong furniture for your space can be a major headache—not to mention a costly mistake. But working with an online interior designer can help you make sure you don’t buy the wrong pieces for your space and style. With Modsy’s 3D experience, we build a 3D rendering of your exact room, designed with real furniture. With this, you can see the furniture in your space before you buy it—taking all the guesswork out of furniture shopping. All the furniture and decor are to-scale, so you can see how they’ll look and fit together in your space, something you don’t get from a 2D moodboard. That’s the Modsy 3D difference right there.
3. Find the Right Pieces for Your Needs
Depending on your lifestyle, you might have specific needs for your home. Designing a kid or pet-friendly space are two of our biggest customer requests, since it feels challenging to design a beautiful space that functions for these two groups. Our designers can help guide you toward the right pieces for your lifestyle and needs. Need a coffee table that’s safe for a baby who’s learning to walk? A sofa with a machine-washable cover? Rugs that won’t collect pet fur? We’ll guide you to the right pieces.
Our designers can also help you avoid buying low-quality furniture that will fall apart and need to be replaced in a few years—and instead guide you toward high-quality pieces that are within your budget and will last for years to come. Ultimately, they’ll partner with you to evaluate your needs, lifestyle, and budget, helping you find the perfect pieces for your home.
4. Design With Pieces You Already Own
Working with an online interior designer doesn’t mean you have to start a room from scratch. In fact, at Modsy, we can incorporate your existing furniture into your new design. Whether it’s a new sofa you just purchased or your grandma’s antique dining table, we can show you how your current furniture will look in your space and fit with new pieces.
5. No Hassle With Returns
Furniture returns can be a real hassle. After all, you can’t just drop a sofa in the mailbox if it doesn’t fit. It can be a time-consuming, frustrating, and stressful process—and many retailers either don’t allow returns, only offer partial refunds, or charge a return processing fee for large items. So, we have a different option: With Modsy, you can feel confident that you’re buying the right furniture the first time around. But just in case you change your mind, we offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
6. Get Exclusive Discounts on Furniture and Decor
One of the great things about working with interior designers of any kind is that they often have access to exclusive brands and discounts. And working with Modsy is no different. We offer exclusive discounts on furniture and decor that you can’t get anywhere else—plus we honor the sales and promos from brands that you can access on your own. (Think: West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc.) Plus, we offer extra savings that you can apply on top of discounts. We always offer $150 off your first purchase of $1,500 or more, and we often run special sales as well. So, be sure to sign up for our emails to stay in the know!
7. Save Time on Shopping
Ok, so saving time on shopping isn’t technically saving you money—but time is money, right?? And, with Modsy, you can save time and skip the headache of shopping around with our one-cart shopping. You can shop multiple brands at the same time, and pay for everything at the same time. Our order team handles all the logistics. So, you can make the purchase and then get back to the rest of your life!
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