How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Interior Designer?


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Interior Designer Costs

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An interior designer is different than an interior decorator in that while the latter focuses on decorating, a designer actually makes efficient use of the space and creates a design for the home. Hiring an interior designer can improve the finished look of your home and increase your home’s value.

When it comes to determining the cost to hire an interior designer, you have to factor in how much space is being designed, as well as what the average local hourly rates are. If you get the decor and furnishings through your designer, that could also affect the cost. Typically, however, for those who are indecisive or feel helpless when it comes to design, this professional is worth the cost.

Interior designer: by service type and unit cost.

Item Cost
Cost-plus (“markup”): a designer will make all necessary purchases and bill the client for a total that includes a markup for procuring the items and other services. 20% above actual work cost
Square footage rate $2-$5 per sq.ft.
Hourly rate $50-$200 per hour
Fixed-rate $2,000-$4,000 per room

Other considerations and costs

  • Some designers may charge a percentage of the total job as their rate. This may or may not raise the rate, but you need to know what you are paying for.
  • If your design requires extensive time and attention, you may pay a premium for hourly rates or additional fees.
  • An interior designer is more expensive than a decorator, but they have the skills and tools to create a functional, well-thought-out space and can aid in creating the perfect finish for any style.
  • Designers that work on hourly rates may have different rates for different services. For example, while they may charge $75 per hour for consultations, they might increase the rate to $100 per hour for travel, shopping, and other time-involved tasks.
  • If you are building new construction, you will generally pay less for an interior designer because they have a blank canvas to work with.

Check out our guide if you need a loan for your home improvement project.

DIY considerations

  • You can get inspiration from sites like Pinterest and create your own interior design without spending money on a professional designer. Then, all you pay for are the items that you purchase to complete the look.
  • Make sure that you consult reputable sources to get assistance creating your perfect home design, no matter what your style might be.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(per room)
  • New York, NY$4,819
  • Bronx, NY$3,960
  • Brooklyn, NY$3,300
  • Philadelphia, PA$4,117
  • Washington, DC$3,573
  • Atlanta, GA$3,233
  • Miami, FL$2,940
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$3,080
  • Minneapolis, MN$3,613
  • Chicago, IL$4,209
  • Houston, TX$4,342
  • San Antonio, TX$2,914
  • Austin, TX$3,300
  • Denver, CO$2,788
  • Phoenix, AZ$2,942
  • Las Vegas, NV$3,229
  • Los Angeles, CA$3,638
  • San Diego, CA$3,301
  • San Jose, CA$3,988
  • Seattle, WA$2,919

Local costs have been calculated by accounting for labor and material cost differences across different cities. To get accurate cost estimates, indicate yours: