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Interior designer are not only responsible for the design of clients’ homes but also for the aesthetic of their room. Many homeowners may be interested in learning how much their interior designer makes from their remodeling jobs. I’m going to provide you some facts on how interior designers get paid and how it may influence how you decide to renovate. 


How do interior designers compute their quotations?

Basically, the interior designer will list up all the task items and determine the anticipated cost of the materials and labor needed after receiving all the customer specifications. Costs that are disclosed to clients as well as any additional unreported costs will be included in the estimate. The costs that are specified in the quotation will then have a specific percentage added on top of them. 

Typically, “average” interior designers will add 20% to 30% to a space. The proportion may even increase for specific products in order to conceal any concealed ones (for example 3D drawings, referral fee to property agent, etc). They will charge an even larger percentage than “regular” interior designers for truly exceptional designers whose key selling point is distinctive design.Some of them even charge extra for design work since it takes a lot of time for them to think things through.


How much does an interior designer earn from a project?

Selling price: $35,000 (markup from cost)

Cost: $29,000

Profit: $6,000

If the interior designer works for the company as an employee, the corporation must share in the profits. Typically, junior designers receive a smaller profit share and each receives 50%. As a result, the employee typically makes $3,000 for a job that lasts six weeks and costs $35,000 in total.

Using the aforementioned example, the interior designer will need some luck in order to make the anticipated $3,000 in income. This is due to the presence of numerous unforeseen elements. Sometimes a mistake in judgment, unforeseen circumstances, customer nonpayment, and poor decision-making can add additional costs to the interior designer, lowering his profit or even causing losses. Every now and again, the cost turns out to be less than anticipated, resulting in a bigger profit for the interior designer. 

Some interior designers are even prepared to complete a refurbishment project for a 15% margin due to intense competition, low demand, and the often low purchasing power of homeowners. The interior designer runs the danger of not turning a profit when the margin is too low.

How to make more money as an interior designer


Improved self-promotion is one of the first things you should do to gain more clients and earn more money. If you aren’t aggressively advertising your website and business, you can’t expect customers to show up at your door. In order to establish your company’s reputation and increase your income as an interior designer, marketing is essential.

Trade discounts

You may be able to bargain for a discount on their goods if you consistently buy from a particular supplier or dealer. You can even sign up for what many vendors call a “trade account” that will automatically add a discount to your company purchases if you do so (proof of business will probably be necessary). 

Negotiate an annual refund based on a predetermined quantity of sales if your supplier is doubtful. Your supplier will be certain that you will do business with them for at least a year if you do this. Once you’ve reached an agreement, you may start charging your clients the usual price for the products and retain the difference.


Add-on sales

You can throw in custom storage cabinets while creating a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. For instance, you might create a unique pantry for a client’s kitchen or construct a walk-in closet for a bedroom you’re remodeling. 

Asking your client if they’d be interested in extra storage doesn’t do any damage. If the response is “yes,” you will profit more from the sale; otherwise, nothing has changed.

Customer relationships

When your project is finished and you have a satisfied consumer, it always feels fantastic. However, your interaction with that satisfied client shouldn’t end with a handshake and a good-bye. You can send them a follow-up email a few weeks or months later to check on them and see whether they’re still happy with the outcomes. Even better, you might request that they provide you a positive review on your website or social media profile.

Maintaining contact with satisfied clients ensures that they will think of you when a friend is considering a home renovation. And when they work on other projects, they won’t forget about you. We’re not advocating that you stalk your clients, but a Christmas follow-up email or card could work wonders.

Initial consultations

Continue using free initial consultations as an incentive to attract new clients if you’re an interior designer just starting out. But once you’ve completed a number of jobs, it’s time to stop taking the freebies. 

Initial consultations often last an hour, and if they are conducted in the client’s home, there is a good possibility that they are an attempt to solicit free advice. Why shouldn’t you charge for it if you’re spending the time to travel to your client’s home and offer them advice on their impending project? If you’re set on providing free consultations, at the very least keep them to 30 minutes, and schedule meetings at a coffee shop.


Thematic and reflect your personality

MRD Singapore is the perfect formula for you to make your interior dream come true. One of the main keys to great interior design is that it should thematic and reflect your personality and taste as well as be cost-effective. 

With so many styles, trends and designs to choose from, it’s hard to decide which one to go for. With MRD, you can definitely prevent this situation and get the best dream design you ever wanted but better. No more stress, contact us here to solve your interior problems.