Surprising Factor that determines how much you will spend on furniture
One topic that is always discussed during our consultation is the budget. Money is not always the easiest thing to talk about but it is one of the most important conversations to have with potential clients.
A client’s timeline plays a huge role in what the overall budget will be on furniture, art, accessories etc. Have you ever heard of the rule “Fast, Good, Cheap – Pick Two?” Well, it means you can have two of those “wants” (fast, good or cheap) but you can’t have all three at the same time. This holds true in the world of Interior Design. If you want something here fast it’s either going to be cheap and low quality or good quality and more expensive. An example would be ordering something inexpensive from Wayfair or Amazon that will drop ship to your house in 2 days but whose quality is not up to par versus going to a reputable local showroom and spending more to invest in a good quality piece of furniture that can be “white glove delivered” to your house that same week. In both examples you got what you needed quickly but sacrificed either the investment or the quality of the piece.
As an interior designer who meets with clients who just purchased a home and want to get it furnished ASAP, I understand sometimes time is of the essence, but your budget will just have to support the fact that the clients will pay more in designer fees and furniture fees to expedite the process.
My advice is always to start your project well in advance of a hard deadline, like a move-in date, and give your designer the time they need to thoughtfully design each space, “wow” you with a presentation and execute everything flawlessly.