Six Reasons Why You Should Hire An Interior Designer

Updated: Feb 4

Hiring an interior designer can provide value, save you money, and stress.

With any project, fitting in the fee's for a professional can feel like it's whittling away at the overall budget of any project leaving less money for the actual building and interiors, but it's important to remember that and interior designer can also save you money. Here are a few things to remember if you are on the fence about hiring a design professional:

1. An interior designer can assess the proper scale of furnishings ensuring you don’t spend money on a piece of furniture that ends up being too large or too small for a space. With custom pieces that can’t be returned proper scaling becomes even more important.

2. Saving Time saves money. An experienced interior designer is already trained in what needs to be done on a project. This allows other experts in their field to focus on what they do best. If your struggling on where to start, unsure of what you need, an interior designer can help.

3. Anticipating potential obstacles and looking for solutions can save money. An interior designer knows the process of how to get from ideas and wish lists to finalizing the installation to ensure the design scope was met, the budget maintained, and anticipate any potential issues that may come up. Knowing the process up front allows the interior designer to move forward in the most efficient manner possible, saving money on the budget, and evaluating potential obstacles in order to prevent them, saves money.

4. An experienced certified interior designer who has worked with architects, contractors, engineers, and MEP consultants knows the lingo, knows what they do, and can assist in the coordination and planning of projects. Bringing in an interior designer up front can help prevent things like having a thermostat in the middle of a wall where a piece of artwork should go, putting sprinkler heads where recessed lighting was supposed to go, ensuring drop pendants don’t block exit signs, and coordinating casework functions with plumbing lines. This prevents issues and potential change orders later (that cost money) and shows a well thought out design.

5. Established resources and contacts: An experienced interior designer has established relationships with manufacturer’s representatives. This in itself widens our knowledge base by virtue of using our relationships with our sales representatives to find specific product, seeking sustainable products, finding replacement fabrics when something has been discontinued or on backorder. It’s like have additional free staff members on call. We also keep current with trends and new products coming out on the market.

6. Return on Investment. As interior designers we don’t just pick what looks good. We take into consideration functionality, practicality, durability, and the life cycle costs. No one wants to spend thousands of dollars on flooring and have to replace it in two years. An interior designer will look at how each piece of furniture will be used in a space and determine if it’s a high abuse area or if it needs infection control. A waiting room will require entirely different needs for furnishings than a office lounge that is only used three times a week. Ensuring you get the most durable finishes for your budget ensures a long lasting product that will look good for its life span.

An interior designer has the experience, knowledge, and talent to visualize a finished space and to coordinate the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of pieces and parts that all need to come together to complete a project. It involves communication, coordination, management, scheduling, leadership, and problem solving, all on top of specifications, drawings, presentations, site meetings, and building and fire code knowledge. At Design Works Studio, we can handle any size project. Contact us today to talk about your upcoming project and lets discuss how we can help you realize your vision.

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